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:

Beginning with the 2014-15 application cycle, those seeking to matriculate Summer 2015, the program will no longer require applicants complete any observation hours.  Applicants may continue to shadow and submit completed forms, however, this is no longer required.

Students should plan ahead when setting up job shadow experiences.  Institutions can only accommodate so many job shadow requests. Many facilities are overwhelmed with job shadow requests from September to December as students complete their application materials. These same facilities then have very few job shadow requests in January through September.  Successful strategies for completing job shadowing include, completing job shadows during the less busy period and job shadowing in home towns rather than completing all job shadows in the La Crosse area.  Students should realize if they are planning on job shadowing in the fall semester they may be turned down by facilities if they have exceeded their ability to accommodate student requests.

Experiences must be documented and submitted on the required form available on the website - Application Materials

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.