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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: spostigo@fiu.edu | Location: MMC, AHC3 – Room 123

 


Application Procedures and Deadline

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

Florida International University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please visit https://portal.otcas.org/ to create your OTCAS account. All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS and the University Graduate School:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120 Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: 617–612–2860
Email: otcasinfo@otcas.org
Website: http://portal.otcas.org/

Where to Send Your Application:
OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts by February 13, 2015. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to Florida International University. Please note that Florida International University cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.

For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2860, otcasinfo@otcas.org.

For other questions, please contact the Florida International University OT Office at: Phone: (305) 348-6068 | Fax: (305) 348-1240 | Email: occupthe@fiu.edu

Please note:

• OTCAS does not accept GRE scores at this time. The GRE scores should be submitted directly to Florida International University Graduate School along with official transcripts.

• OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.

Admission Requirements – MSOT Program


The Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program (MSOT) program grants admission once a year for the fall semester of each academic year. Florida International University participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please visit the website https://portal.otcas.org to submit your application. Additionally, you will need to apply to the University Graduate School at Florida International University. To be considered for admittance 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 13th OT Department Application submission deadline.
      5. Complete the OTCAS application and Graduate School application. On OTCAS you will need to supply biographical information, a personal essay, 3 names for references, your activities, accomplishments and recognitions, and other pertinent information.
      6. The Graduate School application can be accessed here: http://gradschool.fiu.edu Please note that you will need to send official transcrips from all colleges/universities attended directly to the Graduate School in addition to those required by OTCAS.
      7. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores must be received by the Graduate School by the application deadline.
      8. Complete all admission requirements by February 13, 2015.
      9. Admission is competitive and submission of application materials does not guarantee admission into the program. 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 http://www.fiu.edu/~isss .

    FIU Supplemental application

    1. 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 http://www.fiu.edu/~isss .

Applications will be reviewed by the OT Admissions Committee after the OTCAS application is submitted, OTCAS has verified all transcripts and letters of recommendation and official GRE scores are received by Florida International University.  You are strongly advised to submit your application prior to February 13, when the admissions committee begins to review applications.

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

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