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Master of Health Science with a Major in Occupational Therapy

OVERVIEW

Occupational therapy is a dynamic healthcare profession that promotes expertise in meaningful daily activities. Occupational therapists work with clients and families to promote wellness, prevent illness or injuries, and to restore function or adaptation skills. The term “occupation” refers to activities in which individuals participate in their daily lives. OT’s ability to foster a client’s performances in self care tasks, work or school performance, to drive, to participate in leisure activities, or to maintain home environments are examples of common occupations. The activities individuals’ value helps to define who they are and the quality of their lives. Occupational therapists work with clients and their families to promote health, restore performance, roles, responsibilities, to remediate limitations to independence, and to adapt for impairments or disabilities. OT services assist clients and their families to:

  • Prepare a homemaker with paralysis to perform household tasks and meal preparation using modifications, adaptive devices or assistive technology.
  • Educate an older adult with a stroke to dress, bathe, and eat again.
  • Help a young adult with emotional adjustment issues to cultivate school or work skills, develop effective coping strategies, to participate appropriately in social interactions, and to manage individual roles and responsibilities.
  • Assist children and their teachers and family members to foster improvement in sensory processing, balance, or motor skills to improve learning, writing, and socialization.

OTs often lead interdisciplinary healthcare teams in a variety of health and community based systems.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Summer Entry: October 1

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Main-Augusta

Program Delivery: Traditional/On-Campus

Completed Online Application

Application Fee: $50

GPA: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous college work and an average of at least 2.8 on math / science courses.

Minimum Degree Requirement: N/A

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@augusta.edu.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References: Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must submit at least three professional references: a minimum of 2 references must be occupational therapists. The 3rd reference may be an OT, a college professor, or work supervisor who can assess your academic or work related behaviors and potential for success as an Occupational Therapist. Applicants should select references who can attest to these skills and potential for success.  Friends and family are not appropriate references for a graduate program.

Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.

Standardized Tests: 

  • GRE: Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within 5 years of the date of application.
    • Minimum score: 
      • Test takers who took the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 were scored on the old scoring scale of 200-800. The minimum score requirement of 900 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will continue to be used for those who took the GRE prior to the scoring changes.
      • Test takers who took the GRE after to August 1, 2011 are scored on the new scoring scale of 130-170. The minimum score of 290 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will be required for those who took the GRE after to the scoring changes.
    • All official GRE scores must be submitted to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code. 
  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 internet-based.
    • The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction. 

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

NOTE: While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

NOTE: Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

NOTE: Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

  • Applicants do not need to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the OT program. Prior to enrollment, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 prerequisite hours at another accredited institution including completion of specific required prerequisite courses as outlined by the Department. These courses will be counted toward the applicants’ 90 hours of college credit. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory interview session which includes group problem solving activities, a writing sample, and personal interview with faculty members. Click here to view core requirement.
  • Prior to enrollment, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 prerequisite hours at an accredited college. Applicants do not need to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the OT program.
  • A minimum of 60 hours are required in one or more settings alongside an occupational therapist in order to develop foundational understanding of the responsibilities of the OT in each setting.
  • Basic understanding of medical terminology is required as part of the occupational therapy . This requirement can be met by taking a course prior to enrollment or by completion of a self-paced module by the end of the first semester.
  • Computer literacy, particularly word processing, and use of multimedia presentation software is expected of all students at the time of admission.
  • Personal Interview: Interviews are a mandatory part of the application process and are by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

NOTE: Admissions to the MHSOT program is more competitive than ever before. Prospective applicants must realize that the minimum admission requirements listed above are the MINIMUM recommended requirements for consideration. Competitive applicants will exceed the minimum requirements.  With Admitted Students for Fall 2014 have an overall GPA of 3.53 and a M/S GPA of 3.26. The average GRE score was  300. The average subtest scores are: Verbal 151.88 & Quantitative 148.6. Accepted applicants had an average of 243 shadowing hours with an OT, 523 service hours in areas related to the profession of OT, and 644 Service/Leadership hours. Admitted students for Fall 2015 have an overall GPA of 3.43 and a Math/Science GPA of 3.12. The average GRE score was 302. The average subtest scores are: Verbal 152 & Quantitative 150. Accepted applicants has an average of 152 shadowing hours with an OT, 486 hours on areas related to the profession of OT, and 1491 service/leadership hours.

The Department of Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee selects the applicants who seem best qualified for the profession and the program from among those who apply. Admission is based on all elements of the application including the applicant’s prior academic performance at the college level, volunteer or related experience, references assessing work and academic skills, writing skills, Georgia residency and veteran status. The interview session is also factored into the committee’s decision.

GPA: The Department considers qualified applicants to have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, and a math/science GPA of 2.8. The Department may consider candidates with lower GPA based on extenuating circumstances, test scores (GRE), strengths in other areas, or other factors. In such situations the student may be admitted on probation.

GRE: The Department considers qualified applicants as having an overall GRE score of 900 or above. Applicants with GRE scores between 850 and 900 MAY be considered based on extenuating circumstances, grade point average, strengths in other areas, and other factors. In such situations the student may be admitted on probation.

Volunteer hours: strongly recommended.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Office of Academic Admissions, The Graduate School (TGS; program’s administrative home) and the colleges or departments that offer TGS graduate degree or certificate programs (program’s academic home). TGS graduate programs enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards in making the final decision. Admission to TGS graduate programs is a multi-step process: 

Applications and references are submitted via the CollegeNet online systems.   Completed applications and references will be transferred from College systems to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system. 

Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, proof of degree, transcript evaluations, etc) are submitted directly to and processed through Augusta University’s OAA:

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, GA 30912  

 

Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check.  Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA. 

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, Georgia 30912 

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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