OTCAS 2020-2021 application cycle opens: July 17, 2020
Deadline to submit OTCAS application: September 15, 2020
Classes begin: May 24, 2021
Application: Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, the following considerations have been made to the admissions criteria:
1. Pass/fail grades will be accepted for non-prerequisite courses for the Spring 2020 semester only. At this time, we are not accepting pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses.
2. In light of the difficulty that many applicants are having in gaining access to health care facilities to complete observation hours, the LSU Health Occupational Therapy Program is accepting completion of the Online Shadowing Program designed by Cheryl Lucas, EdD, OTR/L, OTD Program Director at Quinnipiac University in lieu of observation hours.
- The learning modules may be found HERE. The password is: LucasQU
- The Assignment and Reflection Documentation Packet should be completed in its entirety and emailed to Ms. Angie Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2020 at the latest.
3. The GRE submission deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to still submit the GRE by the application deadline; however, if this is not possible, applicants who are otherwise qualified may still be offered an interview. In these cases, applicants must still submit their GRE scores to DI code 7408 by December 31.
Instructions for admission applications are subject to change due to COVID-19. Please check this website often for the most recent update.
The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Occupational Therapy Program:
1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the OT Program.
2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale).
3. Minimum 3.2 GPA in required pre-requisite courses (4.0 scale).
4. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 7408 by December 31, 2020 (UPDATE!):
Analytical Writing: 4.0
5. Grade of “C” or better in required pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the OT Program (see below).
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Human Anatomy/Lab (4 credits)
General Chemistry (3 credits)
Developmental Psychology (lifespan) (3 credits)
Inferential Statistics (3 credits)
Motor Development (3 credits)
General Physics or Bio-mechanics/Lab (4 credits)
Human Physiology (3 credits)
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
6. Eighty percent (80%) of the prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31st of the year of application.
7. Applicants must acquire a minimum of 40 observation hours and document the hours using the Occupational Therapy Document of Experience form. The occupational therapy areas of practice MUST include:
20 hours in a pediatric setting under one pediatric LOTR, and
20 hours in an adult inpatient rehabilitation setting under one adult rehabilitation LOTR.
8. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.
- Beginning with 2020-2021 application cycle, the Occupational Therapy program will be utilizing CASPer® as part of our decision making process for admissions. This is a computer-based assessment that will help us to assess non-academic attributes. For further information, please visit the CASPer® website at www.takecapser.com.
- At this point in time, there is nothing additional you need to do in order to complete your application. If you are offered an interview, then we will send you further information about signing up to take the exam. If you have already taken the exam this admissions cycle for another institution, you will not have to take it again.
9. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations.
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