Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to the MSOT Program?
Create an account with www.OTCAS.org and supply the requested information
When is the application deadline?
APPLICATION CYCLE IS CURRENTLY OPEN. Applications for the upcoming cohort are available mid-July 2021 through mid-January 2022 .
How many students will be accepted?
Maximum of 24 students each year.
How many students will apply?
The MSOT Program uses a competitive admission process and we anticipate 175+ applicants during the upcoming application cycle.
When will I hear if I’m accepted?
If qualified, you will be invited for an interview in March, after applications close mid January.
What is conditional acceptance?
You must complete all prerequisites and coursework by the end of Murray State University’s Spring semester, must meet GPA requirements, be accepted by Murray State Graduate School (you will be notified when to apply to the Graduate School), and have all additional documentation submitted prior to beginning graduate coursework.
What if I’m not accepted?
According to your application ranking, you may be invited to be placed on an alternate list. Your application will not roll over to the next application cycle—you must apply each year to be considered.
What are the prerequisites?
- Human Anatomy (BIO 227/228) and Human Physiology (BIO 229/230), minimum of 4 credit hours each, both require lab. **Please note, Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are acceptable, but not offered at MSU.
- College Chemistry (CHE 111 or 201) or Physics with lab (no introduction courses); minimum of 4 credit hours
- Psychology (PSY 180), minimum 3 credit hours
- Lifespan/Developmental Psychology (PSY 260), minimum 3 credit hours
- Abnormal Psychology (PSY 307), minimum 3 credit hours
- Statistics (STA 135), minimum 3 credit hours
- Medical Terminology (BIO 120 or 220), minimum 1 credit hour
Which bachelor’s degree should I have prior to acceptance?
You must earn a baccalaureate degree before enrolling into the program and can be in any field of your choice, as long as prerequisites are met.
What is OTCAS?
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) allows you to submit requested Occupational Therapy Program application documentation to one centralized service.
How do I submit GRE scores to OTCAS?
The report/score you receive from GRE will be your ‘unofficial’ submission to OTCAS. Click here to access OTCAS: https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
Use code: 4729 to report GRE scores directly to OTCAS
Is there a minimum GRE required?
You are not required to meet a minimum GRE score, but scores will be utilized to assess eligibility, along with GPA, references, and other required information.
What type of health information will I need to provide if I’m accepted?
- Current Basic Life Support/CPR certification for the Health Professional-in person or online certification
- Professional Liability Insurance (admitted students will be provided detailed requirements of coverage)
- Proof of medical insurance coverage--annually and must cover the duration of the OT program
- Physical examination--annually and must cover the duration of the OT program
- Drug screen (will complete upon acceptance to OT program)
- Immunization record (including Hepatitis B or signed HBV waiver, influenza, TB, MMR, varicella, TDAP, etc.)
- Criminal background check (will complete upon acceptance to OT program)
- Fingerprinting and/or Child and Family Service Review as requested
What are observation hours?
You must provide documentation of at least 80 clock hours of observation, volunteer, or paid experience in two or more occupational therapy settings. At least half of the required hours must be under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.
Do I need to apply to Murray State University Graduate Program?
Do not apply to the graduate program at Murray State until after you are invited and accepted into a the OT cohort. Apply for Graduate School
How long is Fieldwork? Will I need to relocate for Fieldwork?
You will be assigned fieldwork settings based on multiple considerations including: your interest, site availability, your specific academic needs, etc. Fieldwork experiences are crucial to allow you the opportunity to apply knowledge you have gained within the education program to real-life situations with clients. The Fieldwork Coordinator will work closely with you to ascertain the highest degree of success possible. You must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
There is a possibility that you may need to relocate for some portion of fieldwork and you are not guaranteed a certain geographical location for placements. There are two types of fieldwork for the occupational therapy program:
- Level I: Shorter in length of time, focused on various populations and in conjunction with curriculum focus each semester, and with various settings/facilities,
- Level II: Performed in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes, out patient facilities, school systems, psychiatric facilities, child & adult developmental care facilities, community based settings, wellness facilities, etc.
Where will classes be held?
Classes will be at Murray State University, Paducah Regional Campus, in Paducah KY
Are there additional costs and/or fees?
Graduate application fee; membership to American Occupational Therapy Association ($75.00 year); membership to Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA) $30.00 year; membership to Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA); additional supplies required for courses, internships, and clinical practice (i.e. goniometer set, gait belts, splinting kits, media items, simulated board tests, access to statistical analysis, etc.)
Is the OT Program accredited?
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).
In addition, all states require licensure to practice occupational therapy; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
**Note: All states regulate occupational therapy practice and a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.