Applications for the Summer 2021 Admissions Cycle open July 1 and close October 1, 2020. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Interviews for Summer 2021 admissions will be held in the fall semester by invitation only. Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Applications are considered complete when all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores) have been received and processed by Admissions. It may take several weeks for materials to be processed by Admissions. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the materials arrive in time to be processed. Students will be notified by email if they are invited to a virtual interview session. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions beginning as early as October through May 2021.
Augusta University Graduate Application Fee: $55
Applications Opened: July 1, 2020
Applications Closed: October 1, 2020
Applicants are responsible for ensuring all necessary documents are submitted. This can be done online by following the information supplied by The Office of Academic 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.
Competitive applicants typically exceed minimum academic requirements. For the cohort entering in 2020, the average overall GPA of accepted students was 3.68, with an average math/science GPA of 3.49 T and average GRE combined score of 301. The requirements listed below are the MINIMUM recommended requirements for consideration. Competitive applicants will exceed minimum requirements.
Given current limitations in site availability for volunteer and shadowing hours, a minimum of 60 hours are strongly recommended, but not required, for applications to be considered. One or more settings alongside an occupational therapist is encouraged in order to develop a foundational understanding of the responsibilities of the OT in each setting. Attached is the OT log that you may use to record your hours.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper exam, or 79 on an Internet- based exam is required for consideration. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old.
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 state licensing boards. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Augusta University Department of Occupational Therapy program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or the denial of state licensure.
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:
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