How to Become a Brenau Occupational Therapist

School of Occupational Therapy Admissions Questions?

University Admissions Questions?

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Brenau University offers both the Master of Science Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program and the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ELOTD) for entry level professional preparation for occupational therapists. The MSOT degree program is fully accredited, and the ELOTD program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The MSOT program

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 are cohort programs that include the same courses. 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. Graduates of either of these program tracks who successfully complete the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 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 or attain state licensure.

The Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ELOTD) program

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. The first ELOTD cohort began classes in August 2020. The program must then 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 or attain state licensure.

 

Day MSOT Program at Gainesville

Our Day OT  track is a seven-semester 94-credit 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

Delivered in a hybrid format, this 9 semester, 94 credit hour full-time program starts a cohort each January. On-ground classes are held Fridays 1 pm-9 pm and Saturdays 8 am-5:30 pm on 8-9 weekends per semester on the North Atlanta Campus in Norcross, GA. The remainder of didactic content delivery is online and includes occasional synchronous activities in the evenings and off-ground weekends. Level I Fieldwork (clinical) experiences are integrated into the didactic portion of the curriculum with full-time Level II Fieldwork toward the end of the program. Successful students are self-directed learners experienced in online learning; there is limited time for outside employment, but more flexibility for weekday work hours. The application is due June 2. All prerequisites/degrees must be completed by September 1 prior to class start.

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at North Atlanta/Norcross

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.

Learn more about tuition for each program.

Getting Started: OTCAS Process and Application Deadlines

Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy requires applicants to create an application in the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy Programs (OTCAS). Begin the process by creating an OTCAS account, and learn more in the OTCAS Applicant Help Center.

Applicants who are interested in applying to the ELOTD (N. Atlanta/Norcross campus), with an Aug. 2022 start date, should apply by Dec. 2, 2021. Applicants who are interested in applying to the MSOT (Gainesville Day campus), with an Aug. 2022 start date, should apply by Dec. 2, 2021. Applicants who are interested in applying to the MSOT (Hybrid Weekend – N. Atlanta/Norcross campus), with an Jan. 2023 start date, should have applied by June 2, 2022.

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Virtual OT Information session offered each month on the first Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Ask questions and find out about our occupational therapy degree options, admissions requirements, and application procedures. Register for campus info sessions.

Admissions Requirements for the Gainesville Day MSOT Program Track

The School of Occupational Therapy uses a holistic admissions process. Consideration for MSOT program admission includes the student’s academic ability, related work and/or leadership activities, familiarity with occupational therapy, group interview, and references. Official transcripts and application must be submitted to OTCAS. At the time of application submission, applicants should have at least 5 prerequisite courses complete, or currently enrolled, with 2 of those being science courses (refer to OTCAS website for list of prerequisites). No applications are accepted after the deadline. Applications must be officially coded “Complete” in OTCAS by the deadline (not necessarily Verified).

The GRE is not required for acceptance to the MSOT programs.

Within the OTCAS application are the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or receive a baccalaureate degree by June 1st of the admission year
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater as calculated by OTCAS
  • Complete the 8 prerequisite courses within the last 8 years, from an accredited college or university, with a grade of “C” or better, no later than June 1st of the admission year. Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
  • Recommend a total of 40 hours of observation in at least two different occupational therapy practice settings
  • Three (3) Professional References (at least one from an OT practitioner) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only.
  • Attend an in-person or virtual group interview by invitation only.
  • Writing sample will be collected at the time of the interview. Applicants who have submitted GRE scores as part of their application (the GRE is not required for the MSOT) will not be required to submit a writing sample.
  • Any coursework completed internationally (except for official Study Abroad) requires a NACES- approved foreign evaluation sent directly to Brenau University. If the applicant’s first language is not English, the following is required: TOEFL scores: Paper 550; Computer 213; Internet 79; IELTS Score: 6.5.

Admissions Requirements for the Norcross Hybridized Weekend MSOT Program Track

The School of Occupational Therapy uses a holistic admissions process. Consideration for MSOT program admission includes the student’s academic ability, related work and/or leadership activities, familiarity with occupational therapy, group interview, and references.

Official transcripts and application must be submitted to OTCAS. At the time of application submission, applicants should have at least 5 prerequisite courses complete, or currently enrolled, with 2 of those being science courses (refer to OTCAS website for list of prerequisites). No applications are accepted after the deadline. Applications must be officially coded “Complete” in OTCAS by the deadline (not necessarily Verified). The GRE is not required for acceptance to the MSOT programs.  Within
the OTCAS application are the following requirements:

  • Experienced in online learning and in possession of a reliable computer with stable internet access
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or receive a baccalaureate degree by June 1st of the admission year
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater as calculated by OTCAS
  • Complete the 8 prerequisite courses within the last 8 years, from an accredited college or university, with a grade of “C” or better, no later than June 1st of the admission year. Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
  • Recommend a total of 40 hours of observation in at least two different occupational therapy practice settings
  • Three (3) Professional References (at least one from an OT practitioner) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only.
  • Attend an in-person or virtual group interview by invitation only.
  • Writing sample will be collected at the time of the interview. Applicants who have submitted GRE scores as part of their application (the GRE is not required for the MSOT) will not be required to submit a writing sample.
  • Any coursework completed internationally (except for official Study Abroad) requires a NACES- approved foreign evaluation sent directly to Brenau University. If the applicant’s first language is not English, the following is required: TOEFL scores:
    Paper 550; Computer 213; Internet 79; IELTS Score: 6.5.

Admissions Requirements for the Norcross Entry-Level Doctorate (ELOTD) Program Track

The School of Occupational Therapy uses a holistic admissions process. Consideration for ELOTD program admission includes the student’s academic ability, GRE scores, experiences working with diverse people, familiarity with occupational therapy, essay,
references, and group interview.   Official transcripts and application must be submitted to OTCAS. At the time of application submission, applicants should have at least 5 prerequisite courses complete, or currently enrolled, with 2 of those being
science courses (refer to OTCAS website for list of prerequisites). No applications are accepted after the deadline. Applications must be officially coded “Complete” in OTCAS by the deadline (not necessarily Verified).

The GRE is required for acceptance to the ELOTD program.  Within the OTCAS application are the following requirements:

  • GRE: Prefer GRE score of 285 or greater and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher (GRE Code: 4824).
  • Written essay uploaded to OTCAS (500 words or less): share one challenging experience –academic, personal, or related to work–that has prepared you for the demands of an entry-level doctoral program in occupational therapy.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or receive a baccalaureate degree by June 1st of the admission year
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater as calculated by OTCAS
  • Complete the 8 prerequisite courses within the last 8 years, from an accredited college or university, with a grade of “C” or better, no later than June 1st of the admission year. Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
  • Recommend a total of 40 hours of observation in at least two different occupational therapy practice settings
  • Three (3) Professional References (at least one from an OT practitioner) submitted through OTCAS using OTCAS form only.
  • Attend an in-person or virtual group interview by invitation only.
  • Any coursework completed internationally (except for official Study Abroad) requires a NACES- approved foreign evaluation sent directly to Brenau University. If the applicant’s first language is not English, the following is required: TOEFL scores:
    Paper 550; Computer 213; Internet 79; IELTS Score: 6.5.

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

The following courses are required prerequisites for the MSOT and ELOTD Programs.

  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 – Clinical/Medical Communication (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.

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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.