Information/Group Advising Sessions

Potential students are strongly encouraged to view the informational webinar or attend an on-campus group advising session, after reading the catalog page to get information on the application process. Please attend an information session or listen to the webinar prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the intent advisor.  The requirements noted in the 2021 application webinar will also be used for the 2022 application.

Group information sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021, 5-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021, 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday August 11, 2021, 5-6 p.m.

RSVP for a Zoom Conference Link by emailing [email protected]. A reminder to EMU students that 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 2022, the application cycle opens January 2nd, 2021 and closes June 15, 2021. To be considered, the program requires a completed Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application and supplemental processing fee of $35 fully completed by the June 15 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.

    By June 15, 2021 all of the following must be fully submitted and verified by OTCAS and the EMU OT program:

    • A complete application
    • All appropriate OTCAS application fees
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Official GRE scores to EMU OTCAS 4442 *
    • Three letters of reference
    • OT Observations/Volunteer Hours submitted through OTCAS*
    • Supporting Documentation Section fully filled out on OTCAS
    • Non-refundable processing Fee of $35 paid to EMU OT program through link located in tab below.

    *Due to unprecedented circumstances with COVID-19, the following updates have been made to the 2021 and 2022 Application Cycles.

    1. The GRE will not be required.
    2. Many healthcare and educational organizations have closed to student training in an effort to protect patients, professional staff and to control the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, for the 2021 and 2022 application cycles, if an applicant is in need of observation hours please watch this video through AOTA and document under the Observation Hours section of OTCAS.
    3. Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted for the required Pre-Admission Courses required for application.

    For further information about a “complete” OTCAS application, visit the OTCAS Applicant Help Center via chat on the OTCAS website, phone (617.612.2860) or email ([email protected]).

    EMU OTCAS will open January 2 of each year. To locate us, please click Add A Program on the OTCAS homepage and then Filters. If it before January 2, we can be located under Future Programs. If it is after June 15, we are located under Past Programs. Applicants can begin their application on OTCAS at any time before EMU OTCAS opens.

    Find out what pre-admission courses are required. 

  • Determination of Course Qualification

    If you have taken a course within the required course time frames and are unsure if it would qualify as an approved course, 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


    If you have taken a course that is older than the required course time frame, but are interested in using this towards an application requirement, please email us ([email protected]).

  • 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)
  • EMU OT Application Processing Fee

    All applicants to OTCAS must also submit a secondary non-refundable processing fee of $35.00 before applications will be fully reviewed.  Please submit to the following link.


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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