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Doctor of Occupational Therapy


The Occupational Therapy program is based in the College of Health Professions. This innovative program has been hailed as "cutting edge" by many colleges and universities throughout the country. OTs are trained to empower their clients to resume old or assume new life roles. The OT skillfully assesses a client's abilities and limitations, and then designs an individualized treatment plan to increase skills and thus improve quality of life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Occupational Therapy program at MUSC as 17th in the nation (top 10%). 


Students entering the OT program are evaluated by their GRE scores, undergraduate academic performance, and successful completion of prerequisite courses. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

We also assign credit for volunteer/work experience. In order to obtain credit, applicants must complete a minimum of 30 hours in occupational therapy and have the supervising occupational therapist complete one of the OT application reference forms documenting their service and performance. This form must be completed and signed by the OT practitioner who supervised the applicant during the 30 volunteer work hours. This form can be found inside your university application. The reference forms are currently only available within the application materials.

To be a competitive applicant you need to demonstrate a strong academic background, strong GRE scores, and good life experience activities such as: additional OT volunteer work over and above the minimum 30 hours, volunteering in a community related setting other than OT, significant leadership experience, research activity, scholarship history and significant academic or community volunteer awards.


A bachelor's degree and 20 hours of prerequisite coursework are required.

GRE scores submitted at the time of application.

To obtain credit for volunteer/work experience, each applicant must complete 30 hours specifically in occupational therapy.

Three reference forms; one from the occupational therapy practitioner who supervised volunteer or work experience. The second and third references should be provided by major advisors or professors.

These forms are found inside the university application.

Prerequisite Courses


Human Anatomy (must include lab)


Human Physiology (must include lab)




Lifespan Human Development


Abnormal Psychology




Medical Terminology (recommended)




Special Notes:

For a guide of Frequently Approved Prerequisites, click here.

Combined Anatomy and Physiology courses are accepted; however, you MUST take Anatomy and Physiology I and II to fulfill the separate Anatomy and Physiology requirements.

Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites need to be rigorous classroom-based courses, not taken online or with open book testing, and must be from an accredited institution.

The Office of Enrollment Management is able to offer unofficial transcript evaluations from March 1st - June 30th.  Please call Enrollment Management at 843-792-2536 to speak with an admissions specialist.

Before applying to our program, please be aware that a felony conviction may affect your ability to sit for the examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy after you graduate, and subsequently your ability to attain state licensure. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy offers an early determination to assess examination eligibility. Go to and read the Early Review section for details.

Application Checklist

1.     Complete university application

2.     Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

3.     Volunteer or Work Experience (30 hours compulsory)

4.     Three reference forms; one from the occupational therapy practitioner who supervised volunteer or work experience.

5.     The second and third references should be provided by major advisors or professors

6.     Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results

7.     Completed prerequisite courses taken form

8.     Completed plans for remaining year form

9.     Minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale

10.   Supplemental profile form

11.   Log of Occupational Therapy related experience

12.   Resume

Applicants receive additional profile points on their application for service experiences in the AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or prior military service.

Please note: All above information must be received before an admission decision can be made. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application by viewing the Application Progress Portal.

Application Deadline

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2019 Regular July 1, 2018 November 15, 2018