Eastern Michigan University

Required Portfolio Content

Please note: Your portfolio should be submitted in a one-inch binder.  Portfolios must include all required components in order to be eligible for a full review.  Should an incomplete portfolio be submitted it will not be reviewed. Please do not include extra documents beyond what is listed.  Any questions you have regarding content required for the portfolio will be addressed at the group information sessions.

1.  Identification page: Include your name, address, phone, EMU student number (if applicable), email, and the date you submitted the portfolio. In addition, be sure your first and last names are on the spine of the portfolio.

2.  Table of contents

3.  Transcripts: Include OFFICIAL SEALED transcripts from ALL previous coursework taken at other colleges and universities. We will accept an unofficial transcript from EMU only.

4.  Grades in pre-admission courses:

    • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to apply. (The average GPA accepted over the past 3 years has been a 3.5)
    • A grade of B- (or 2.7) or higher is required for all pre-admission courses.
    • all courses must be fully complete by the August 1st application deadline.
    • Effective for August 1st, 2015 application and beyond all students must complete an introductory psychology and abnormal psychology course as well as an introductory course in either sociology or anthropology.

Course Number at EMU

Course Name

Course completion must be:

PSY 101 (effective as of 08.01.15) Introduction to Psychology Within 10-years of your date of application.

ANTH 135 OR SOCL 105 (effective
as of 08.01.15)

Intro to Cultural Anthropology OR Introductory
Sociology

Within 10-years of your date of application.

AHPR 200

Medical Terminology

Within 10-years of your date of application.

IHHS 260 OR
EDPS 325

Aging to Infancy: A Life Course OR
Life Span Human Growth and Development

Within 10-years of your date of application.

Statistics Course

Quantitative Applications in Sociology (*see below)

Within 5-years of your date of application.

BIOL 251

Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab)

Within 5-years of your date of application.

BIOL 252

Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab)

Within 5-years of your date of application.

BIOL 330

Neuroanatomy (w/lab)

Within 5-years of your date of application.

PSY 360 (effective as of 08.01.15)

Abnormal Psychology

Within 5-years of your date of application.

*Statistic courses that will also meet the program requirement include: SOCL 250, PSY 205, MATH 170, 360, 370, 571, 573, 574, EDPS 621, 651.

All pre-admission courses from outside universities and colleges must be pre-approved by the OT intent advisor prior to submission of your portfolio. This pre-approval process can be time consuming so please plan accordingly. Please email the advisor at ot_intent_advising@emich.edu.

5.  Results of the GRE General Test

6.  THIS CRITERIA HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF NOVEMBER 2013.  If you previously printed an academic reference form prior to November 2013 please follow the link and use this new form.  Students must submit one academic reference.  The reference must include the credentials and contact information of the individual completing the reference. 

Follow the required Academic Reference Letter Criteria.

7.  Volunteer Experience:  Prior to applying to the Occupational Therapy program students must complete a minimum of 100 hours volunteer, work or service learning experience with individuals with special needs.  All volunteer hours must have been completed within the three years prior to your date of application.  Volunteer work must consist of:

    • A minimum of 20 hours with an Occupational Therapist in any setting
    • A minimum of 20 hours in an agency that is committed to social justice, community welfare, community building, health and wellness.
      • Examples of agencies committed to social justice:  soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, food banks, Boys and Girls clubs, etc.
    • The remaining 60 hours can include:
      • Additional hours with an Occupational Therapist in any setting.
      • Additional hours in an agency that is committed to social justice, community welfare, community building, health and wellness.
        • Examples of agencies committed to social justice:  soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, food banks, Boys and Girls clubs, etc.
      • Hours where the focus is on individuals with occupational performance issues (physical, mental, developmental, etc) or on issues that are created due to environmental factors including social, cultural, economic, political, etc..

Documentation and volunteer experiences should be completed on the Volunteer Reference Forms.  

8.  Reflective Writing:   Students must complete a four page reflective writing component.  This paper is a reflection on your work with individuals you observed in OT while completing the required volunteer hours.  We would like you to examine the meaning of occupation in people's lives.
See Reflective Writing Forms.

Please remember the for submission of portfolios is August 1st of each year.

Please submit portfolios to:

School of Health Sciences
Eastern Michigan University
313 Marshall Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 303 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.0077