School of Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements & Application

SCHOOL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS?

UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS?

2019-2020 Application Cycle Begins July 18, 2019

Brenau University offers both the Master of Science Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) for entry level professional preparation for occupational therapists.

Choose the best pathway for you.

M.S.O.T. Program Locations: The program is offered at two different locations (Gainesville and North Atlanta/Norcross) with two program tracks: Gainesville Day program,  North Atlanta/Norcross Hybrid Weekend program. Both programs are cohort programs. Both program tracks are full-time with high course loads. Students can expect to devote the majority of their time each week in class meetings, fieldwork, and assignments regardless of the program track selected.

OTD Program Location: The program is offered at the North Atlanta/Norcross campus. This is a cohort program that is full-time with a high course load. Students can expect to devote the majority of their time each week in class meetings, fieldwork, and assignments regardless of the program track selected.

Program pathway tracks:

Day MSOT Program at Gainesville

Our Day OT  track is a seven-semester weekday program. Students attend classes and fieldwork 5 days each weekday (and occasional evenings) on-ground, supplemented by online work. There are two full-time fieldwork semesters towards the end of the program. Students enter in the fall semester (August) and the deadline for admission to this program track is in the preceding December. Students are advised that there is very limited time for outside employment, primarily on weekends.

Hybrid Weekend MSOT Program at North Atlanta/Norcross

The Weekend MSOT program a nine semester 94-credit hybrid weekend program. Students attend on-ground classes at the North Atlanta/Norcross campus Fridays 1pm-9 pm and Saturdays 8 am-5:30 pm on 8-9 weekends per semester. Students have a significant amount of online coursework every week. Six to eight hours of fieldwork during the weekday is required in some semesters, in addition to two full time fieldwork semesters at the end. Students enter in the spring semester (January.) Students are advised that the program typically requires 30-40 hours of time every week, but allows for weekday flexibility for employment or family obligations. The application is the previous June. All prerequisites/degrees must be completed by September 1 prior to class start.

North Atlanta/Norcross Day OTD Program

With a planned start date of August 2020, the Norcross entry-level doctoral degree program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or attain state licensure.

Delivered face-to-face, this 9 semester, 110 credit hour full-time doctoral program starts a cohort each August. Classes are held Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm on the North Atlanta Campus in Norcross, GA. The curriculum emphasizes global health including a hands-on opportunity to provide services to the underserved. There are opportunities for fieldwork in Mexico. Historic Norcross is located about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta attractions and approximately 45 minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Considerations for admission include the student’s academic ability, experience working with diverse people, familiarity with occupational therapy, group interview, and essay. Overall GPA of 3.0 is required; prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 is preferred. In addition, GRE score of 285 or greater with an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher is recommended (Brenau Code: 5066). The application deadline is the previous December. All prerequisites must be completed by June 1 prior to class start in August.

OTCAS Application Deadlines

COHORT Application Deadline    Start Date
OTD N. Atlanta/Norcross Weekday 2020 December 2, 2019     August 2020
MSOT Gainesville Day 2020 December 2, 2019   August 2020
MSOT – N. Atlanta/Norcross Hybrid Weekend 2021 June 2, 2020 January 2021

Visit Us

See our campuses and attend a 90-minute group information session. Find out about our occupational therapy degree options, admissions requirements and the applications procedures.

Gainesville: First Tuesday each month at the Brenau East Campus at 5:30 p.m.
Norcross/North Atlanta: Second Tuesday each month at the Brenau North Atlanta Campus at 5:30 p.m.

Register for campus info sessions at https://www.brenau.edu/admissions/visit/#ot

MSOT Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • 3.0 Overall GPA & 3.0 Prerequisite GPA – 8 prerequisites
  • GRE is not required for MSOT applicants                                               
  • OT Shadowing – 40 hours total in at least 2 different settings
  • Sustained volunteer or life experience with individuals who have disabilities
  • 3 Professional References (at least one from an OT) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only
  • Submit the OTCAS application
  • Submit all official transcripts to OTCAS
  • On-campus interview by invitation only

OTD Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • 3.0 Overall GPA & 3.0 Prerequisite GPA –9 prerequisites
  • GRE is required for OTD applicants Prefer 285 or greater; analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher
  • OT Shadowing – 40 hours total in at least 2 different settings
  • Sustained volunteer or life experience with individuals who have disabilities
  • 3 Professional References (at least one from an OT) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only
  • Submit the OTCAS application
  • Submit all official transcripts + GRE to OTCAS
  • On-campus interview by invitation only

Submit only the OTCAS application and follow OTCAS directions for submission of all official transcripts directly to OTCAS.

Required of International Applicants: Applicants with F-1 Visa must complete the following by the program deadline:

Instructions for International Students

  • Course-by-course NACES-approved transcript evaluation for any non-US courses to be sent directly to Brenau University
  • If the applicant’s first language is not English, one of the following is required:
    • IELTS score of 6.5
    • TOEFL Paper-based: score of 550
    • TOEFL Computer-based: score of 213
    • TOEFL Internet-based: score of 79

Prerequisite courses

MSOT and OTD Prerequisites

  1. PY 202 – Human Growth & Development (lifespan) (3 hrs.)
  2. PY 309 – Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs.)
  3. SY 101 – Intro to Sociology OR Social Issues OR AY 101 Intro to Anthropology OR Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
  4. MS 205 – Introduction to Statistics (3 hrs.)
  5. BY 209 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hrs. with lab)
  6. BY 210 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 hrs. with lab)
  7. PS 121 – General Physics OR EX 301 Biomechanics OR EX 300/500 L Kinesiology + lab OR other movement sciences (3-4 hrs).
  8. HS 201 – Medical Terminology (2-3 hrs.)
  9. OTD applicants only>> PH 222 Intro to Ethics OR PH 205 Intro to Philosophy OR Intro to Logic and Reason

The courses above must be completed by the stated prerequisite deadline for either MSOT or OTD. An additional 9th course is required of OTD candidates. These courses may be taken at Brenau University or other regionally accredited institutions. Equivalent courses are accepted if they have comparable content. Applicants should have at least 2 of the 3 science prerequisites completed at time of application. All prerequisites to be completed within 8 years of start date; grade of C or better in each; 3.0 prerequisite GPA preferred All courses must be completed by the stated prerequisite deadline:

• August start for either MSOT or OTD – prerequisites and degrees must be completed by June 1 prior to start of class
• January start for MSOT – prerequisites and degrees must be completed by September 1 prior to start of class

For a complete description of prerequisites please see the current catalog. You may apply while still in progress. However, please note that applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses are considered to be more competitive.

Students who already possess a bachelor’s degree and who wish to complete some or all program pre-requisites at Brenau University may enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Pre-OT Program.  Click on the following link to view the Post Bacc Program Plan.

To apply to the Post Bacc Pre-OT Program visit the Brenau University application page and click the Undergraduate Application link.

Resources

After completion of an entry-level occupational therapy degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice occupational therapy. State licenses are typically based in part on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. All applicants should be aware that the certification and licensing boards have the right to refuse to grant occupational therapy certification and/or licenses to any individuals regardless of their educational credentials under circumstances of: 1) falsification of application for certification/ licensure 2) conviction of a felony or crime of moral turpitude 3) other moral and legal violations specified in relevant state laws. An applicant who thinks he or she may have an applicable situation should talk with the department chair early in the program of study.

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100