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Admission Process

Students will spend the first two years of undergraduate study completing pre-requisite courses. Students may not be enrolled in more than two pre-requisite courses during the spring semester before starting the program.

Starting with the 2021 application cycle, students will apply for the MOT using the OTCAS application system. The application will be open from November 15 – February 15 each year with January 15 being the priority deadline.

The following are required to be considered for admission to the WVU MOT Program:

  • Completion of the OTCAS application.

  • Completion (or expected by MOT start date) of at least two years of undergraduate coursework at a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework. A grade of C or better is necessary for each prerequisite course. At least 8 of the 11 prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application. The remaining 3 classes must be completed before summer OT classes begin.

  • Minimum of 40 hours of occupational therapy observation. Must be completed in two settings. Verification of hours is required by the supervising occupational therapist. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care facility operations, the therapist observation requirement is being waived for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. Students who have completed observation hours may submit them with their application. 

  • Completion of a statement (500 words maximum) indicating why you have selected occupational therapy as a career path, a description of previous experiences supportive of your career choice, a description of your personal attributes, and a description of career goals, including area of practice.

  • Two recommendation letters(Professional, Academic or Personal / Non-Relative) that speak to your skills, knowledge, aptitude related to becoming an occupational therapist. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care facility operations, personal recommendations letters from individuals of the student's choosing may be substituted for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle.

  • A resume or CV.

Selected students will receive an offer to interview.  Admission offers will be made following interviews.  Classes will begin May of each year.

Credit for Previous Coursework / Work Experience: Due to the sequential nature and learning goals of the MOT curriculum, all students admitted to the MOT Program will be required to complete the full curriculum. The West Virginia University MOT Program will not give credit for occupational therapy coursework completed at any other university toward the MOT degree. Transfer credit will only be considered for undergraduate prerequisite coursework. The Program will also not give credit for any work experience toward the MOT degree.

Once admitted, students completing two more years will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance.  The third and final year will be completed as a graduate student (you do not reapply).  The program runs 31 months and students graduate in December.


All aspects of the application and admissions process for the MOT program operate consistent with West Virginia University’s commitment to non-discrimination, cultural diversity, and inclusion. West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and inter-community outreach. The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities. Full description and contacts at: https://diversity.wvu.edu/equity-assurance