College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Admission Requirements

Occupational Therapy Program

Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program must submit documentation for the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite coursework; grades of C- are not acceptable.
  3. Completion of the minimum number of prerequisite courses in the prescribed subject areas at regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  4. Satisfaction of the standards set forth by the Admissions Committee (including documentation of academic and professional promise in prospective students).
  5. Completion of the Occupational Therapy Program's interview process. On-campus interviews are by invitation only. Applicants are invited to an interview based on evidence supportive of excellence in:
    • Academic achievement
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Articulation of the domain and scope of OT practice
    • Community service
    • Leadership in extracurricular or other activities
  6. Completion of a first aid course within the three years prior to enrollment.
  7. Current certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers.
  8. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  9. Motivation for and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  10. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with clients and colleagues.
  11. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  12. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must complete these courses with a grade of C or better; grades of C- are not acceptable:

Human Anatomy1, 2

3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs


3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs


3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs

Child Development

3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs

Psychology or Sociology of Aging

3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs

Abnormal Psychology

3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs

Other Social and Behavioral Science

3 Sem/4 Qtr hrs

1The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.

2Human Anatomy must be completed successfully within 5 years of admission to the Program. The lab component with cadaver experience is strongly recommended.

Additional courses in the sciences and mathematics are recommended, including chemistry, physiology, physics, and biology. General education electives are also recommended to demonstrate competency in English composition, oral communication, problem-solving behavior, logic, and ethical theories.