Academic Requirements for Entry into the MOT

What are our requirements for the MOT?

The proposed transition to an entry-level doctoral program has added three new core prerequisites to the Fall 2019 admissions application. You may find a listing of the new prerequisites here, or below the MOT prerequisites on this page. If accreditation for the OTD is not attained, applicants will be reviewed for admission to the MOT program with the new core prerequisites culled from their applications if they chose the MOT or Both option when submitting the supplemental application. Any questions may be sent to cahpinfo@umn.edu.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Credits Course(s) Must Include
Human Anatomy (3 cr.) * Lab not required
Human Physiology (3 cr.) *       Lab not required
Statistics (3 cr.) * Descriptive and inferential statistics. Courses that focus on Research Methods are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) * Content related to human societies and behaviors, social theory, theories of social change, and methods of study in sociology, characteristics of social units and the impact of cultural diversity. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
General Psychology (3 cr.) * Fundamental principles of biological, sociological, cognitive, and personality impacts on normal and abnormal psychology.
Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)* Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders.
Human Development across the Life Span (3 cr.)* Verification that the content of the course(s) you took covered the entire life span (infant through old age). You may need to take a series of courses to complete this prerequisite.
Medical Terminology (1 cr.) Introduction and definition of medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment.
Or the equivalent of a 1 credit Medical Terminology course.

The seven courses considered 'core' to occupational therapy are marked with an asterisk (*)

Six of the seven courses marked with an asterisk must be completed by the application deadline and OTCAS must receive all final grades by the Academic Update deadline. The seventh core prerequisite can be completed in the spring or summer semester. There is one non-core prerequisite, Medical Terminology which may be taken for college credit or by community/continuing education. Accepted students must show proof of completion of all seven core prerequisites along with the non-core, medical terminology prerequisite to begin courses in the fall.

Prerequisite Courses

 

Human Anatomy (3 cr.) * Lab not required
Human Physiology (3 cr.) *       Lab not required
Statistics (3 cr.) * This course must include descriptive and inferential statistics. Courses that focus on Research Methods are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) * This course should include content related to human societies and behaviors, social theory, theories of social change, and methods of study in sociology, characteristics of social units and the impact of cultural diversity. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
General Psychology (3 cr.) *  --
Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)* Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders.
Human Development across the Life Span (3 cr.)* You will be required to verify that the content of the course(s) you took covered the entire life span (infant through old age). You may need to take a series of courses to complete this prerequisite.
Medical Terminology (1 cr.) Introduction and definition of medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment.
Or the equivalent of a 1 credit Medical Terminology course.

The seven courses considered 'core' to occupational therapy are marked with an asterisk (*)

New Core Prerequisites for the OTD

Credit

UMN Courses

Description

Factors of Contemporary Society to meet human (individual, family, population) needs

 

Introduction to Sociology AND Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

(6 credits total instead of 3 cr.)*

SOC 1001

SOC 3721

Soc 4246 (sociology of health & illness)

ANTH 1003W

ANTH 3003

ANTH 3306 (medical anthropology) 

 

Course content must apply, analyze, and evaluate the role of sociocultural, socioeconomic, diversity factors, and lifestyle choices in contemporary society to meet the needs of persons, groups, and populations. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.

Technical Writing/Scientific Writing

(3 cr.)*

WRIT 3562W

WRIT 3029W

Writing course in technical and/or scientific composition with a focus on audience, purpose, ethics, global communication, collaboration, usability, and digital writing technologies. 

Introduction to Physics

(3 cr.)*

PHYS 1101W/PHYS 1107

Course must include kinematics (non-calculus based) to fulfill this requirement. Lab not required.

 

Six of the nine courses marked with an asterisk must be completed by the application deadline and OTCAS must receive all final grades by the Academic Update deadline. The remaining core prerequisite can be completed in the spring or summer semester. There is one non-core prerequisite, Medical Terminology which may be taken for college credit or by community/continuing education. Accepted students must show proof of completion of all nine core prerequisites along with the non-core, medical terminology prerequisite to begin courses in the fall.

For listings of courses that have been pre-approved to meet our prerequisite requirements, please check our Planning Guides page. 

If your school(s) is not listed, or the Prerequisite Planning Guides for your school(s) does not list the courses you have taken, please send the following information to cahpinfo@umn.edu for review.

  • Course Name and Number
  • Name of institution where course was completed
  • Number of credit hours
  • Year taken
  • Course description(s) and
  • Syllabi (if available)

If the planning guide for your school does NOT include a course you have taken, prior to sending the above information, ensure that the course fully meets the Academic Requirements for the prerequisite as outlined above.

Academic Standards

Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a required GPA at least 3.0 and no single grade lower than a C. Courses must be taken A-F with the exception of Medical Terminology which requires only evidence of successful completion. Each prerequisite course must be fulfilled with a minimum number of credits. Minimum credit requirements are listed next to each course name. Quarter credits are acceptable and can be converted by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. For example, a 4 credit course taken under a quarter system (4 ÷ 1.5 = 2.67 semester credits) which will be accepted as 3 semester credits.