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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The program does NOT require GRE results. Submitted GRE results will not be considered as they are not required.
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 Experience:
Applicants must complete a minimum of 20 hours
of job shadowing with an occupational therapist or a certified
occupational therapy assistant (COTA). These 20
hours must be completed in two different facilities that serve
different populations. For example, completing the two
experiences at a nursing home and an adult hospital is
acceptable. Using an elementary school and a pediatric
hospital for the two experiences is unacceptable as the
populations are identical - children. If you have the
opportunity to observe a COTA in a facility make sure you
understand the role of the occupational therapist (OT) in this
setting as well by discussing this with the COTA.
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 exceed 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.
In addition to applying to the program, applicants must also apply to the UW-L Graduate School. The required online application is available at www.apply.wisconsin.edu.
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
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.