Applying for Admission
The program has a two-step admission process.
- Please apply through the centralized application system, OTCAS. Once you create your account, be sure to select Shawnee State University as a designated school. The application deadline for the following Fall is December 1st.
- Applicants must also submit a graduate application (PDF), and $30 nonrefundable fee to:
The Graduate Center
Bobbi Massie, Graduate Center Administrator
940 2nd Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Prerequisite Summary Worksheet
If admitted to the program, all outstanding prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C* or higher prior to the start of the program. To assist us in assessing your eligibility, please complete the Prerequisite Summary Form and include the completed form with the graduate application to Shawnee State University. Indicate which courses you have taken (or will take) that you believe will fulfill the prerequisites listed.
*Refer to Selection Criteria page for GPA requirements.
Volunteer Evaluation Forms
Applicants are required to complete the three letters of recommendations and personal essay located on the OTCAS application. In addition, applicants must complete 40 hours of volunteer experience. You may list your experience on the OTCAS system. However, Volunteer Evaluation Forms must be completed by OTR/L and submitted to Shawnee State University at the above address.
Additional Application Materials
Applicants may submit GRE scores directly to Shawnee State University. The Institution Code for Shawnee State University Occupational Therapy is 1933.
Students are required to have their own personal technological device for classroom use. Examples: laptop, iPad or tablet. Smart phones do not meet this requirement.
Entry into the program is by application and is competitive. Review of applications begins December 1 and continues until the class for the following fall semester is full. Twenty-four to thirty students are accepted into the program each year based on the Selection Criteria.
*NOTE: Applicants are NOT required to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant, or earn an associate’s degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, to apply to the MOT program.