College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Occupational Therapy Combined B.S./M.S.

Admission Requirements and Application Process 

Admission Requirements/ Pre-Admission Advising

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the Occupational Therapy major.

Combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy supplemental application (2016)

Occupational Therapy Combined BS/MS supplemental application link fall 2016 BSMS application.


Applications must be submitted to:

Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
Towson University
College of Health Professions
Linthicum Hall, Room 115 E
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252


Application Process:

The supplemental application along with the other application materials must be downloaded online and then printed out and mailed to the admission coordinator's office no later than March 1.

All application materials must be submitted to the admissions coordinator with a postmark no later than March 1.

All students applying for admission to the Combined B.S./ M.S. Occupational Therapy Program at Towson
University must meet the following criteria:

1. Applicants who are not already current Towson University students, must have applied to Towson University for fall admission by January 15th.  Students must be a matriculated student prior to program entry.

2. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 13 units in college courses, excluding developmental courses, by the end of the fall term preceding screening.  Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 units during the spring term preceding screening.  (A minimum of 25 units must count as a "Core or toward the OT major" prior to beginning the first term of the Occupational Therapy Program).

3.  Applicants must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 in order to be eligible to apply for admission.  Cumulative GPA includes all course work completed from all colleges attended.

*Please note that meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarentee admission, the program is competitive.

4. The following five prerequisites must be completed from a regionally accredited college or university prior to program entry (at least two prerequisites must be taken in the fall and the remaining may be taken in the spring term). *Each prerequisite course must be a minimum grade equivalent of a 3.0 (B) or higher to be considered.

   a. BIOL 190 Introductory Biology for the Health Professions (4) OR BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Genetics OR BIOL 221/221L Anatomy and   Physiology I (4) (must have been taken within the last five years).  BIOL 190 or equivalent may not be re-taken after a grade of F (0.0), D (1.0), or withdrawal

   b.  Soci 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

   c.  Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

   d.  Engl 102  Writing for a Liberal Education (3)


** Please note that a 1-3 credit medical terminology course is required to be completed prior to progam entry.  The courses that fulfill this requirement at Towson University are  FMST 140 OR Knes 215  Medical Terminology, however other medical terminology courses from a community college are also acceptable.

AP exam scores of a 4 or 5 may be used inlieu of course grades and the courses must be posted on the TU transcript. Applicants with lower test scores must take the course and achieve a grade equivalent of 3.0 (B) or higher to be considered for screening.


Screening for the Combined B.S./M.S. Program

After the March 1 deadline has passed, applicants who have a completed application are evaluated for admission based upon the essay statement, completion of human service activity hours and references. Final decisions are based upon review of the prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA, once the spring semester is completed with official transcripts being received.

Selection of the top candidates will be completed by June 8 with an official letter of notification of acceptance being mailed by June 15.  A waiting list will be developed consisting
of applicants from the original pool who were not accepted but wish to remain on the waiting list for
classes beginning that fall term. The top candidate on that list is notified if a place becomes available in
the class. If that candidate cannot accept the place, the next candidate is notified. The waiting list is
maintained until the end of the drop-add period in the fall and does not carry over into the next year.

Application Documents

Applicants must submit the following documents, which are located in the Supplemental Application link, in one packet postmarked by March 1:

a. Official transcripts of fall courses and evidence of spring enrollment in the remaining prerequisites.

b. A completed Human Service Activity Verification Form, which provides evidence of completion of at
    least 30 hours of work and/or volunteer experience in a human service activity. This work or volunteer
   experience must have involved direct interaction with people with disabilities, illness or other
   disadvantages. Examples include work/volunteer experience with clients in hospitals, nursing homes,
   rehabilitation facilities, senior centers, drug rehabilitation programs, programs for the homeless,
   camps, etc.

c. A typewritten application essay following the guidelines provided by the department.

d. Three reference forms completed by appropriate individuals and submitted in accordance with application requirements.

e.  Applicants who attended an out of state college must have a completed Prerequisite Checklist with the Admissions Coordinator on file by March 1.

By June 1st, all applicants (who are not currently enrolled at Towson University) must submit their official spring transcript to the Admissions Coordinator's office.

A minimum of 23 units meeting Core Curriculum requirements must have been completed
prior to beginning the first term of the Occupational Therapy Program. Applicants with units more than 10 years old may petition (in writing by March 1) to have these units excluded from calculation of the GPA if they have successfully completed 13 or more units within the past two years. These 13 units must include either BIOL 190 Introductory Biology for the Health Professions or BIOL 221/221L Anatomy and Physiology I (or their equivalent). When this option is approved, all units more than 10 years old are excluded from GPA computation, with the exception of grades for PSYC 101, SOCI 101 and ENGL 102. If applicants wish old screening course grade(s) to be omitted, they must have retaken the screening course(s) within the past 10 years. If a petition regarding omission of these grades is not received by the application deadline, all courses more than 10 years old will be used in computation of the GPA.

More Information

For more information about the application process please contact the Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator, 410-704-2653.

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Enrollment Services, Room 245

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2762
Fax: 410-704-2322





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