Information/Group Advising Sessions

Potential students are strongly encouraged to view the informational webinar (coming soon for the 2020 application) or attend an on-campus group advising session, after reading the catalog page to get information on the application process. You're required to attend an information session or listen to the webinar prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the intent advisor.  A new webinar for the 2020 application process will be posted soon. 

Group information sessions will be held on:

  • Monday January 27, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m., room 224, Rackham Hall.
  • Monday February 17, 2020, 5-6:30 p.m., room 224, Rackham Hall.
  • Monday March 23, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m., room 224, Rackham Hall.
  • Monday April 20, 2020, 5-6:30 p.m., room 224 Rackham Hall

To register for a session, email [email protected] providing the date you'll attend and area of interest (COT or MOT). You must use your EMU email for all official University business.

Please use the information below to assist you when watching the webinar.

For questions about the application process to the OT program contact Sharon Holt, OT intent advisor, preferably at [email protected] or call 734.487.3398.

  • Admissions Requirements 

    We strive to provide clear and attainable minimum admission requirements. New students enter the program annually in January (winter semester). To apply to start January 2021, the application cycle opens March 1, 2020 and closes June 10, 2020. To be considered, the program requires a completed Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application fully completed by the June 10 deadline.

    The following are the minimum requirements for an application to be reviewed and evaluated by the Program Admission Committee. All admissions requirements must be met to have a chance at being admitted. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee progression to the interview stage of the admissions process or to acceptance into the OT program.

    OTCAS: By June 10, all of the following must be received by OTCAS:

    • A complete application
    • All appropriate OTCAS application fees
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Official GRE scores
    • Three letters of reference
    • OT Observations/Volunteer Hours submitted through OTCAS
    • Supporting Documentation Section fully filled out on OTCAS

    For further information about a “complete” OTCAS application, visit the OTCAS Applicant Help Center.

    Find out what pre-admission courses are required. 

  • Determination of Course Qualification

    If you are not sure if a course qualifies, please email us ([email protected]) with the following information:

    • College or university name
    • Course number and title
    • Course credit hours (must designate: semester hour, quarter hour, etc.)
    • Date completed/will be completed
    • Grade on transcript (if completed)
    • Active link to the website of the specific course in the course catalog or a copy of the course syllabus
  • Program Requirements

    To comply with affiliation agreement requirements and to ensure the health and safety of clients at our fieldwork sites, all students must complete a criminal background check and the following health and educational requirements upon admission to the EMU OT program and/or annually:

    • Hepatitis B series
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) titer
    • Varicella titer
    • Tetanus Immunization(TDap or Td)
    • 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) skin test (required annually)
    • Influenza (required annually)
    • Physical examination (required annually, only the approved department form will be accepted)
    • Proof of health insurance coverage (required annually)
    • CPR certification and first aid training (coordinated by the program)
    • OSHA/Blood Borne Pathogens training (required annually and coordinated by the program)
    • HIPAA training (required annually and coordinated by the program)
    • Criminal Background Check (required annually)


Contact us with your specific questions via email [email protected] (preferred) or phone (734.487.3398).

The EMU OT program admissions requirements are subject to change without advance notice.

Advisor Information

Sharon Holt, M.H.S., O.T.R.L.
214H Marshall Building
[email protected]

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