Non-Academic Requirements for Entry

ot faculty and studentsNon-Academic Requirements for Entry

The Occupational Therapy Program (OT) requires students to engage in diverse, complex and specific experiences essential to occupational therapy and that also assure patient safety. Unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, physical, and social abilities are required to practice Occupational Therapy in timely and safe ways. The Occupational Therapy Program’s Minimum Technical Standards outline these abilities and requirements. Prospective students should review these standards prior to applying for admission. Current students must maintain their ability to meet the standards with or without accommodations.

Read the complete policy on Program in Occupational Therapy Minimum Technical Standards

It is recommended that an incoming student with a known disability contact Disability Services at (612) 626-1333 and identify as an applicant, prior to enrollment in Fall semester. Contact with Disability Services is confidential. This enables the OT program to provide the best educational experience possible.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants offered admission to the program must agree to the following terms and conditions.

Criminal Background Study

The State of Minnesota Department of Health requires criminal background studies on all students admitted to the Program in Occupational Therapy. Students must pass the background study to participate in community or fieldwork experiences. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination or attain state licensure. Information on national certification is available from:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
800 S. Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979

Admitted students are provided detailed instructions for how to request a criminal background study soon after beginning the program. If admitted students have questions regarding the background study, they are encouraged to speak with our student services academic advisor.


The Occupational Therapy curriculum is delivered in person and online. Admitted students are expected to be proficient when using a personal computer, including but not limited to sending and receiving email, using data and word processing software (primarily Microsoft Office software), using the Internet, and navigating the University of Minnesota and other websites. University of Minnesota Technology and Training Services offers training for a wide range of computing tools in the event that a student in the Program in Occupational Therapy needs skills improvement. Students must be enrolled in order to access these services.

Due to the hybrid and online delivery format of courses all students in the Program in OT must have consistent and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. Students in the Program in OT will need to maintain a minimum level of capacity and flexibility with computer equipment and other technological issues.

  • Equipment 

    • A computer running either Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 -  OR

    • MAC with an Intel processor (1.66GHz or greater) running OS X 10.5 or later and Parallels Desktop for Mac, 2 GB of memory, and 20 GB of free space on the hard drive for software installation and virtual machine space. You will also need a valid, licensed version of Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8/10 to install your virtual machine.

    • A printer

    • A webcam and microphone

    • Speakers

    • Scanning capabilities

  • Software 

    • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    • Adobe Acrobat Reader

    • Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla FireFox browser with Flash, Shockwave and Java plugins.

    • If you need any additional software, it will be stated in course syllabi

    • High-Speed Internet access. Dial-up Modem or DSL connections are insufficient to meet the course content requirements

    • The ability to use the University web-based email program to send and receive messages and attachments