Interviews for Summer 2018 admissions will be held in October by invitation only. Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. To be considered for interview, the application must be complete a minimum of three weeks prior to the interview date. It may take several weeks for materials to be processed by Admissions. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure their materials arrive in time to be processed. Students will be notified by email if they are invited to an interview session. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in November.
Augusta University offers a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. The program consists of six consecutive full-time graduate semesters. During these two years, students will complete six one-week fieldwork rotations and two 12-week fieldwork rotations at sites throughout Georgia and across the U.S. Sites in the local CSRA are limited; students should be prepared for the expense of each rotation. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.
Augusta University Graduate Application Fee: $50
Deadline to Complete Application: October 1, 2017
Applications are considered complete when all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores) have been received and processed by Admissions. It can take 2 weeks or longer for records to be received and processed in the admission system. Applicants MUST factor in the time when submitting application materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered for interviews.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documents are submitted. This can be done online by following the information supplied by admissions. The OT Department does not handle the receipt of admissions documents and is not able to provide this information.
Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Early application is strongly encouraged.
Admission to the MHSOT program is more competitive than ever. Prospective applicants must realize that the requirements listed below are the MINIMUM recommended requirements for consideration. Competitive applicants will exceed minimum requirements. Admitted students in Fall 2015 had an overall GPA of 3.6 with a math and science GPA of 3.4. The average GRE score was 303, with average subtest scores of 152 Verbal and 151 Quantitative. Accepted applicants averaged 158 hours shadowing an occupational therapists, 440 service hours in areas related to the OT profession, and 1276 service/leadership hours.
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912
Graduate OT students are required to perform certain technical standards. Accepted students must attest to their ability to perform each of these necessary standards prior to beginning classes.
An integral part of the OT curriculum is successful completion of fieldwork experiences throughout the program. All OT students must consent to a criminal background check to have access to fieldwork sites. Prior criminal history may impact the student's ability to be cleared for client contact, thus jeopardizing successful completion of the program.
Students are continually required to disclose in writing to their dean and/or the
director of Campus Life Services any and all criminal convictions occurring since
completing the application for admission. Disclosure of a prior criminal record is
required on the admission application. Criminal convictions include adjudication of
guilt by a judge or jury for any crime. It does not include minor traffic offenses,
but does include no contest pleas, first-offender treatment, convictions under appeal,
and convictions which have since been pardoned. Minor traffic offenses are those which
do not involve driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, do not result
in imprisonment, and for which a fine of less than $250 was imposed. Disclosures should
be made within 30 days of conviction. Retrieved from Augusta University Student Handbook Section 3.10.
Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successfully completing the NBCOT certification examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). All states, including Georgia, require licensure to practice. Once the therapist receives a professional license, she/he is considered an OTR/L. Requirements for state licensure vary but all states require that the applicant earn a passing score on the NBCOT Certification exam.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires applicants to answer questions concerning felony history. This information is then available to states with Licensure. Augusta University Department of Occupational Therapy program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or the denial of licensure in states in which there are such requirements.
Augusta University does NOT guarantee that programs that fulfill Georgia licensure requirements will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in other states or territories. Students from outside Georgia who are considering a course and/or program which leads to licensure should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residence prior to beginning a course of study.
For further information, please contact:
National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858