Prospective Students

Interested in a degree in Occupational Therapy?


Radford University uses the OT centralized application service, OTCAS, for MOT application submissions. The 2023 MOT OTCAS application portal will open for applications on July 21, 2022.

Please direct all MOT program questions to the MOT Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Jason Browning, OTCAS portal  questions should be directed to the OTCAS staff. 

Admission to most occupational therapy programs across the nation is competitive. Your application to our program will most likely be successful if you have:

  • Strong reasoning and writing skills evidenced by completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field;
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or better, by May of the year you plan to begin the program;
  • Work or volunteer experiences with diverse populations and programs with individuals encountered in occupational therapy practice (e.g. children and/or adults with mental health concerns, physical disabilities, or with other types of special populations);
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework; 
  • A demonstrated record of successful professional and interpersonal skills, as demonstrated through references and exhibited during an  interview.

One cohort is admitted to each campus location for the RU MOT program each year, with a fall semester start date. We have an MOT cohort at the Radford University Carilion location as well an MOT cohort at the RU Main campus. All applications are submitted to OTCAS and are screened for accuracy and completeness before being reviewed by the Department of Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee. The next application deadline for submission is NOVEMBER 15, 2022. Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a mandatory interview with the MOT Interview Panel.

It is not possible to transfer into the MOT program if you have completed partial coursework for another occupational therapy graduate program. This is due to differences in curriculum and course structures between programs. 

Prerequisites for admission to the MOT program

Prerequisite requirements for admission to Radford University's Master of Occupational Therapy Program include:

  • A strong foundation of undergraduate course work in the liberal arts and sciences (e.g. anthropology or sociology, anatomy, psychology)
  • A grade of B- or better in all prerequisite courses (please see list below)

 Prerequisite Courselist*                                                                                        

  • Introductory Statistics (3 credits)                             
  • Introductory Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)                        
  • Human Anatomy (3-4 credits)
  • Human Physiology (3-4 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • Lifespan Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

*Please note that we do not accept AP courses from high school to satisfy prerequisite requirements.