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Admission for MSOT | Admission for PP-MSOT | Selection Procedure | Background Checks

For admission inquiries, contact:

Samantha Postigo

Academic Advisor

Tel: 305-348-7730 | Email: | Location: MMC, AHC3 – Room 123


Admission Requirements – MSOT Program

The Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program (MSOT) program admits students in the fall semester of each academic year. To be admitted to the FIU MSOT degree program, students must:

  1. Hold a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA average based on a 4.0 scale in upper division courses of the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Complete the following prerequisite courses prior to the start of the fall admission term with a minimum grade of “C”: a) Abnormal Psychology; b) Human Growth & Development; c) Biology with Lab; d) Statistics; and e) Medical Terminology. Required cumulative GPA for all prerequisite courses is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. A grade of "B" or above must be earned in the following 4 courses: a) Anatomy and Anatomy Lab; b) Pathology; c) Physiology; and d) Neuroscience. 3 of these 4 courses must be completed prior to the February 15th OT Department Application submission deadline.
  5. Complete the Occupational Therapy Department application (available to download online). Provide 3 letters of reference, a curriculum vitae/resume, and a summary statement of professional and educational goals. These documents are sent directly to the OT department with your application. Admission is competitive and submission of application materials does not guarantee admission into the program.


  1. Meet admission requirements and apply to the OT Department and the University Graduate School ( for fall semester by February 15th.
  2. International students are accepted subject to space and fiscal limitations. Students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an institution recognized in their own country as preparing students for graduate level study; academic eligibility for further study in their own country; demonstrated proficiency in the English language by a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL. International students must contact the International Student and Scholar Services department at
  3. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores must be received by February 15th.

Required prerequisite courses: Prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of application.

  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • Biology with Lab (4 credits)**
  • Human Anatomy and Lab (4 credits, 3000 level or higher)
  • Human Physiology (3 credits)**
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Pathology (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1-3 credits)
  • Neuroscience (3 credit, 3000 level or higher) [offered by OT department every Summer and Fall-OTH 4418)

**Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab will meet biology and physiology requirements

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Admission Requirements – PP-MSOT Program

To be admitted to the fully online Post-Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (PP-MSOT) degree program, students must:

  1. Hold a bachelor degree in occupational therapy from an accredited institution and have been initially certified by NBCOT.
  2. Have a 3.0 GPA in upper division course of the bachelor’s.
  3. Have completed an undergraduate statistics course.
  4. Apply and be admitted to the FIU graduate school.
  5. Apply to and submit the separate Occupational Therapy Department application to the OT department.


  1. International students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in occupational therapy from an institution recognized by FIU. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a minimum scored of 80 on the Internet-base TOEFL. International students MUST contact the International Student and Scholar Services.

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Selection Procedure

Students are accepted into the program based on the strength of their academic preparation and a minimal grade point average of 3.0. Transcripts are reviewed for the type of courses taken, total number of credit hours attempted/earned per semester, number of repeats/withdrawals and performance in required prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must have earned a “C” or better to be considered. Prerequisite courses must be approved by the FIU Occupational Therapy admissions committee.

Students accepted into the program must notify the OT department within 1 week of receipt of their acceptance letter to FIU’s Professional Master in Occupational Therapy program confirmation of attendance. A waiting list of students is also identified.

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Background Checks & Drug Screening

All incoming students, as part of the admission process, must comply with the FIU Nicole Weirtheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) policy for health and immunization screening and background check. The health and immunization screening includes the following requirements:

  • Immunization and/or titers of:
    • Varicella, Rubeola and Rubella, Mumps or MMR vaccine
    • Tetanus Toxoid booster; diphtheria; pertussis, or ADACEL vaccine
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine (3 doses)
    • PPD- 2 step-if 1st time taker
    • Medical history and Physical
    • CPR/BLS – for health care providers from AHA or American Red Cross
    • Proof of major medical health insurance coverage
    • 7 year employment verification

Florida International University CNHS utilizes American DataBank as the background clearing house, and for tracking student immunization records. The background check includes social security number search (residency history, state and year SSN issued), criminal search (7 years), sex offender search, federal criminal search, and healthcare exclusion list. Students should be aware that it is difficult (or impossible) to obtain a license if they have ever been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contender to a felony violation.

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