Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) - Frequently asked questions
When does the MOT program begin?
Orientation for new students is typically in early May and classes start the following week.
How many applicants do you accept a year?
Forty candidates are accepted once a year.
Do you interview candidates for your program and what is the format?
Yes. Individual and group interviews are conducted for the most competitive applicants to the MOT program. Typically about 80 invited students are interviewed each year. Interview dates typically take place in December and January. The class size is anticipated to be 40 students.
How do I make myself more competitive?
As with other universities or colleges, higher GPA’s make a more competitive candidate. The goal is for candidates to be competitive and academically prepared to successfully handle the demands of the MOT program curriculum. However, the admissions committee does not base its decision solely on grade point averages. It evaluates the application packet holistically. Therefore, the quality and quantity of academic preparation, strong letters of recommendation, Occupational Therapy shadowing experience, community service activities, leadership evidence, and awards are all a part of the evaluation process.
Does it matter when prerequisite courses were taken? For example, do you accept courses taken over 10 years ago?
We do not have an expiration date for our prerequisite courses. However, students are responsible for being prepared for the MOT academic curriculum.
Does it matter if I take my prerequisite courses at a two-year college instead of a four-year university?
The GPA is calculated the same way, whether it was taken at a community college or a four-year university. No preference is given to courses taken at either institution. We understand the cost of education and want you to have as many options as possible in obtaining the prerequisite courses required for our programs. Please note that some required courses may not be offered at two-year colleges due to the academic level of the curriculum.
What course can I take if my institution does not offer courses in “Human Anatomy” and “Human Physiology?”
If a combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course is taken, applicants must complete both Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II with the appropriate laboratories. Neither Anatomy & Physiology I nor II, alone, satisfies the Anatomy and Physiology requirements.
Do you accept CLEP or AP courses for prerequisites?
We accept this type of credit as long as your courses have been recognized by your undergraduate institution and the credit is recorded on your college/university transcript.
Does it matter what my undergraduate degree is in?
The subject matter your undergraduate studies do not play a role in the admissions process. We encourage students to pursue an academic degree which is of their interest. Some examples of what other students have majored in at the undergraduate level include biology, kinesiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, liberal arts and anatomy.
How does the program calculate GPA for admission requirements?
We calculate one GPA- the Prerequisite GPA, which is the GPA from only the listed prerequisite coursework on our Admission Requirements. We calculate GPAs on a flat grade system ( a C is counted as a C).
If I retake a course, how does this affect my prerequisite GPA?
If an applicant re-takes a prerequisite course, the program will use the higher grade in calculating the prerequisite GPA.
If I am reapplying, what do I need to do?
Students will be required to send in all new materials, transcripts, OTCAS application, Occupational Therapy Supplemental Application, etc. Records of past applicants are not kept on file at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Is the program a full-time program or can it be taken part-time?
The program is a full-time program. There are no part-time options.
Where else can I get tips on applying?
We hold Occupational Therapy Open House Workshops typically in late spring through early fall leading up to the application cycle deadline. Questions will be answered at these workshops including tips on how to apply and recommendations to strengthen your application will be shared. To attend a workshop, you must RSVP in advance. The event is free and recommended for prospective applicants who are within two years applying. Please note that the Occupational Therapy Department does an annual review of the required admission requirements. Be sure to check our website for updated requirements information and plan accordingly for the application cycle which you anticipate applying for. We recommend annual attendance to the Open House Workshop event in case there are changes in the application process from year to year.
Can I work while going to the MOT program?
The Occupational Therapy program is a full-time endeavor. Although employment should not impact the coursework or class attendance, we recommend that students plan accordingly with their time-management skills, financial management, study time, and personal balance to ensure academic success.
What does the MOT course schedule look like?
All courses are only offered on weekdays during normal business hours. No evening, weekend, or distance learning courses are offered.
I noticed on the Admission Requirements Checklist for the MOT program that prerequisite hour requirements are listed in semester credit hours. What if I attended an institution which awarded college credit in quarter hours instead of semester credit hours?
Semester credit hours and quarter hours are not the same equivalent credit hours. Please refer to the quarter hour to semester hour equivalency chart below. If your quarter hours do not equate to the required semester credit hours, you will be missing the prerequisite requirement hours.
Quarter hour to semester hour equivalency chart
|Quarter hours||Semester credit hours equivalent|
How many applications are received and how competitive is acceptance?
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio receives a large volume of completed applications annually. Total numbers of applications varies per year. See the chart below for the entering 2016 MOT class statistics. Applicants are welcome regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
What are the average statistics of admitted students?
Although it varies per year, please see the entering 2016 MOT class statistics below.
2016 MOT class statistics
|Number of applicants in 2016||493|
|Average number of shadowing hours||150|
|Average number of community service hours||40|
|Prerequisite GPA||3.0 - 4.0 GPA; average - 3.6 GPA|