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 (2015)

Occupational Therapy Combined BS/MS supplemental application link fall 2015 BSMS application

(*Please note the supplemental application for fall 2016 will be available sometime in October 2015)


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.

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.

3. The following prerequisite courses or their equivalents must be completed by December 31 with a minimum grade of B or higher:

      a. BIOL 190 Introductory Biology for the Health Professions (4) (must be completed by end of fall 
      term preceding screening) OR BIOL 221/221L Anatomy and Physiology I (4) (must have been taken
      within the last five years).

      b. Two of the following three courses:
      PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
      SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
      ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3)

The remaining prerequisite course must be completed by the end of the Spring term in which screening takes place with a grade equivalent of B or higher along with maintaining a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 minimum.  AP exam scores may be used inlieu of course grades. However, scores must be equivalent to the grade requirement of a B or higher, and the courses must be posted on the TU transcript. Applicants with lower testscores must take the course and achieve a grade equivalent of 3.0 (B) or higher to be consideredfor screening. Applicants with such test scores must contact the CHP admissions coordinator
for specific information.

4. Applicants must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the fall term preceding
screening for admission to the program.  Cumulative GPA includes all course work completed from all colleges attended.

5. Applicants must also complete a medical terminology course with a grade of B or higher (1-3 units) prior to the start of the Combined BS/MS program. This course can be completed in the summer prior to program entry, at a local community college or university. Course equivalencies at Towson are FMST 140 or KNES 215.

Recent Admission Statistics

An Admissions Coordinator is available to assist with application process at 410-704-2653.
Screening for admission is based on a review of student’s GPA, admission essay, letters of recommendation and required volunteer experience.

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 that include course work taken through the fall term preceding
     application to the program at all institutions other than Towson University.

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 must have a completed Prerequisite Checklist with the Admissions Coordinator on
file by March 1 for course work taken outside the state of Maryland.

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.

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

Screening will occur immediately after March 1 for applicants who have complete files.

The department’s Admissions Committee will evaluate all completed applications based upon GPAs,
essays, completion of human service activity hours and references. The top candidates from this pool of applicants will be selected for admission.

Selection of the top candidates will be completed by April 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.

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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