Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree

  1. Applicants must obtain a bachelor's degree before the first day of class in May.
  2. This degree must be from an accredited college or university.
  3. The undergraduate degree may be in any field of study.
  4. If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, students must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by World Education Services:  The results of the evaluation must be sent to Wayne State University. Please see the transcript evaluation guide for more information about foreign transcript evaluation.

Cumulative undergraduate coursework GPA

The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA, as calculated by OTCAS, acceptable for admission consideration is 3.0.

  1. Applicants with an OTCAS calculated GPA lower than 3.0 may request that their last 60 undergraduate credit hours be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. This request should be emailed to the WSU Office of Student Affairs at, by November 1. Please note: Only undergraduate coursework will be used in the calculation; no graduate coursework will be used. If undergraduate courses were taken after graduation, these courses may be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. Use of Last 60 Credit Hour Waivers are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current admission cycle waiver, as waivers do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.
  2. Applicants with an OTCAS calculated GPA lower than 3.31 may complete the Supplemental Essay by answering the questions in the "Program Questions Section" of the OTCAS application for additional GPA consideration. The essay can be completed with or without the Last 60 Credit Hour Request; the essay is not required by the program for admission consideration. Please note that supplemental essays from applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.31 or higher will not be considered.

Any questions regarding undergraduate coursework may be directed to

Prerequisite coursework GPA

  1. The minimum science prerequisite coursework GPA average acceptable for admission consideration is 3.0.
  2. All grades in prerequisite requirements must be a minimum of "C" or better (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale). Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade in certain semesters. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the grading institution's policy is a C or better to receive a Pass. If the school accepts C- or below as a Pass, students will be required to submit a letter from the instructor documenting what the grade earned would have been (in the case of WSU courses, since we can view that grade in the system, such a letter will not be required). This policy applies to the following semesters: Winter 2020, Spring/Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring/Summer 2021.
  3. All science prerequisite coursework (BIO 1510 with lab, BIO 2870 with lab, KIN 3580, OT 5650) must be completed within six years of the time of application submission. The non-science prerequisite courses are not subject to the six-year completion requirement. They may be completed greater than six years prior to the time of application submission and do not require a waiver.

*If any of the science courses were completed greater than six years prior to the time of application submission, a Six-year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request from the WSU OT program must be requested prior to August 1. Applicants for prerequisite science course waivers must have continuous experience in the content area in order to be eligible for the waiver (such as teaching Biology dealing with anatomic joints covering the anatomy prerequisite). An applicant who does not have continuous experience in a health field or course content area will not be considered for a waiver. The waiver request must include: a) the name, course number, institution, name of the course(s), semester/year course was taken; b) a detailed explanation of how the continuous experience demonstrates mastery of the prerequisite course content. A detailed account of the principles and objectives and the prerequisite course content must be included, along with specific experiences. Attach to the email your transcripts showing the grade for the course. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for waiver reviews. Do not send transcripts by mail for waiver requests. Send the request and all supporting information to Regina Parnell:

Please note that a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher must have been earned in each science course to be considered for the Six-year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request. Courses with grades earned C minus or less are not acceptable.

Six-year Waivers are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current waiver, as waivers do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.

Prerequisite coursework

Science prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of December the year before program start year:

  • BIO 1510 – Basic Life Mechanisms with lab
  • BIO 2870 – Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • OT 5650 – Pathophysiology** 
  • KIN 3580 – Biomechanics

**OT 5650 is offered in the Fall semester and the acceptable equivalent, RT 5650, is offered to a limited number of students in Winter semester. The OT 5650 override request form is in the menu on the left and RT 5650 override request form can be requested through

Non-science prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of December the year before program start year:

  • ENG 1020 – Introduction to College Writing
  • ENG 3010 – Intermediate Writing
  • PSY 1010 or 1020 – Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 2400 – Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 3310 – Abnormal Psychology
  • STA 1020 – Basic Statistics
  • COM 1010 – Oral Communication
  • PS 1010 – American Government
  • Social Inquiry course of your choice (cannot be covered by PS 1010)

Questions about prerequisite course equivalencies?

Consult the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) Office of Student Affairs transcript evaluation guide, and complete your transcript evaluation.

Applicants are highly encouraged to have their completed prerequisite courses evaluated by an EACPHS Office of Student Affairs advisor in order to have assurance of appropriate prerequisite coursework completion. Please use the Request for Evaluation of Prerequisite Admission Requirements form. Submit the completed electronic form, and attach all unofficial transcripts. The evaluation of transcripts should be done early in your application process, in order to have enough time to take additional courses if needed.

Questions about whether your prerequisite coursework meets the WSU OT requirements? Review the EACPHS Equivalency Guides. Email any questions regarding prerequisite coursework to the EACPHS Office of Student Affairs at

Registered Occupational Therapist Observation Hours

A minimum of 20 hours within the last two years prior to program application. 
*Unable to meet this requirement due to COVID-19 restrictions? Click here to view alternate option

  1. Acceptable to submit hours over two years old but the minimum of 20 must be within the last two years to be acceptable for admission.
  2. Hours must be with OTR. COTA and PT hours are not accepted.
  3. Online form must be completed by OTR. Click here for form.
  4. Forms will be attached in OTCAS under Test Scores in the WSU Program Specific area.

Questions regarding the 20 required contact hours can be sent to Regina Parnell at