To be considered for acceptance in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program, applicants must:
Meet one of the following options:
- Have obtained a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution
- An associate’s degree with an additional 30 upper division credit hours (300- or 400-level college courses)from a regionally accredited institution
- The completion of 90 undergraduate credits—30 of which are upper division credit hours (300 or 400 level college courses)from a regionally accredited institution
- A planned progression within the Nevada State College (NSC) Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science program (BSOS), which includes the successful completion of 90 NSC BSOS credits. Matriculation to TUN must occur before 2015.
In addition, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
- Applicants must have a 3.0 pre-requisite and overall grade point average
- Students must have completed all of the following coursework and earned a C or better prior to applying:
English/Communications – 6 credits (technical and professional writing strongly encouraged)
Humanities – 6 credits*
*These courses can be anthropology, philosophy, religion, fine arts,
logic, ethics, foreign language, cultural studies and/or group dynamics
Statistics – 3 credits (course must cover research qualitative,
quantitative, methodology, correlation)
Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs* – 8 credits.
* Only 4 credits can be taken online.
Natural Science – 4 credits (e.g., physics, kinesiology, biology, chemistry)
Human Development or Lifespan – 3 credits*
* Course must cover human development from birth to death
Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits
Psychology – 6 credits*
*The preferred courses are developmental or cognitive psych,
behavioral psych and/or theories of personality.
- Natural Science and Anatomy/Physiology courses (12 credits) must have been completed within 5 years of matriculation into the program.
- Have basic computer literacy and be able to use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software.
- Knowledge of American Psychological Association (APA) writing style.
- Have the ability to perform the essential functions of an occupational therapist as detailed in the Occupational Therapy Technical Standards.
- Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To help in learning about the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions for Occupational Therapy program.
How to Apply
1. Students must submit their primary application through the Occupational Therapy National Centralized Application System (OTCAS) at https://portal.otcas.org.
2. The deadline for the 2011 OTCAS application is February 1, 2014. The deadline for the supplemental application is March 1, 2014.
3. Students are encouraged to apply at least four weeks in advance prior to any of the deadlines. Please keep in mind the early applicants will receive priority for selection of interviews
4. After review of your OTCAS application, eligible candidates will be invited by the Admissions Committee to:
- Complete a supplemental TUN Admission Application. The Office of Admissions will not accept direct applications. Only applicants that have been invited to apply should complete the admissions application.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee of $50 with a credit card online.
- Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter from a professor or supervisor. One letter must be from a practicing occupational therapist.
- Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from recommenders on letterhead and must include contact information.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, undergraduate and graduate.
- Have performed a minimum 20 hours of work shadowing or volunteering alongside an occupational therapist. Additional 20 hours in a client-based setting as a volunteer or employee with or without an occupational therapist (e.g., special education classroom, adult day care center, camp counselor with special populations). Hours must be logged on the OT Student Experience Documentation Form.
- Sign and submit the Occupational Therapy Technical Standards.
- Mail all supporting documents to:
Touro University Nevada
Office of Admissions
Attn: Occupational Therapy Program
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
5. Students can email the admissions office or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.
6. Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be invited for a personal campus interview.
7. Interviews will begin in November and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled.
8. Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
9. There will be up to 34 students admitted for the July 2014 cohort.
Students who are successfully admitted must:
- Pass a Level I criminal background check and drug screen.
- Completion of required health immunization forms
- Submit the $500 deposit by the required date.