adm req

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Occupational Therapy Program that all students who desire admission to the program must meet the requirements and complete the admission process.  All applications will be carefully reviewed, adhering to the procedure detailed below.

The following are required of all applicants:


All students must earn a Bachelor's degree prior to entering the OT Program.  Students may complete their BA or BS while applying, but they must complete their degree prior to matriculating in our program.  Accepted students completing a Bachelor's degree will need to submit a final transcript demonstrating the issuance of their degree. 

Students enrolled in the Psychology-OT Dual Degree Program are exempt from this requirement.

Prerequisite Coursework:

     Human Anatomy (4 cr.)
     Human Physiology (4 cr.)
     Physics (4 cr.)
                The above three courses must contain a lab
     Statistics or Research Methods (3-4 cr.)
     Life Span Development (3 cr.)
     Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
     Sociology or Anthropology (3 cr.)

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.  Students may apply with outstanding prereq courses so long as they demonstrate a plan to complete those courses before matriculating in our program.  For further information on prerequisite course requirements please visit Prerequisite Coursework


A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate studies.  Applicants not meeting the GPA requirement may request a waiver of the minimum GPA requirement.  Please contact the program for further information


The program does NOT require GRE results.  Submitted GRE results will not be considered as they are not required.

Program Application:

Submission of the program's application is required for admission.  Among the items included in the application are academic history, prereq course progress and personal narratives.  The application is available at Application Materials

Job Shadow / Observation Experience:

Please note: Beginning with the 2014-2015 application cycle (those students beginning the program in the summer of 2015) job shadowing is no longer an application requirement. Job shadowing has been eliminated as clinical sites are becoming more difficult to find for job shadowing (particularly in cities with occupational therapy programs).  The strongest application portfolios demonstrate a candidate who is well rounded, has a strong academic background, experience working with people, and a commitment to the profession.  Volunteer and job shadowing can be used as one way to strengthen an applicant’s portfolio as a method of gaining experience working with people.  Job shadow forms will no longer be used. Applicants are encouraged to document their experiences within the narrative or within their resume.

Personal Potential Index (PPI):

Three to five individuals complete evaluations with ETS in order to create the applicant's PPI - an evaluation of personal attributes critical to success in graduate school.  Letters of reference sent to the program on previously available reference documents will no longer be accepted.  For further information please visit - PPI Information


Inclusion of a professional resume with application packet is required.  Items applicants may want to note in their resume are awards, collegiate extracurricular participation, honors, scholarships, study abroad experiences, volunteering, college work experience, etc.

Graduate School:

In addition to applying to the program, applicants must also apply to the UW-L Graduate School.  The required online application is available at

Applicants must also submit official transcripts for all college courses.  All transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School, not the OT Program.  Please direct transcripts to:

UW-L Graduate Admissions
1725 State St
142 Cleary
La Crosse, WI 54601

Applicants are encouraged to submit their transcripts well in advance of the application deadline.  Failure to receive all transcripts by the application deadline will result in an incomplete file and the applicant will not be considered.