Deadline for applications for the January 2024 class is June 9, 2023.


For individuals interested in applying for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, we are unable to accommodate one-on-one tours or meetings, but offer group Information Sessions. These are from 1:00 – 2:00, on the first Friday of the month January through June, as well as October and November. 
The 2023 dates are as follows: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, October 6, and November 3. 
Meetings are held in the OT Department, 1900 Gravier Street, Room 8A12 and there is also a Zoom option. Interested persons are asked to contact the OT Department at  OTNO@lsuhsc.edu to let us know that you are planning on coming.


The interview dates for persons applying for admission to the class starting January of 2024, will be Thurs. Aug. 10 and Fri. Aug. 11, 2023. Applying to the program does not guarantee an invitation to interview. See Admissions Guidebook below for more information.


Admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program is on a competitive basis; therefore, meeting the following minimal requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Preference is given to Louisiana residents. Consideration is given to re-applicants and to applicants from low socioeconomic households, from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, and who are first generation college students.

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All fields of study are accepted; no preference is given to one major area of study over another.
  2. Applicants are expected to have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 for their undergraduate degree, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for prerequisite courses for admission to the MOT program.
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses (with a minimum grade of “C”) prior to enrollment in the program. Completion of all prerequisite courses is not required prior to applying to the program. You may have no more than 3 outstanding prerequisites at the time that you apply, and you must report a plan regarding when you will complete the remaining courses.




Credit Hours


Human Anatomy*


Neuroanatomy not accepted.

Human Anatomy Lab*



Human Physiology*


Exercise physiology not accepted.



General, Introduction, Elementary, or Organic are accepted.

Abnormal Psychology



Human Development Across the Lifespan


Course must cover the entire lifespan, or applicant will need to take separate childhood, adolescence and older adult courses. Developmental Psychology of the Life Span accepted.

Sociology or Anthropology


Any Sociology or Anthropology course is accepted. Philosophy courses not accepted.



Must cover descriptive and inferential statistics (correlation, significant difference).

*If Anatomy and Human Physiology courses are taken as Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II instead of as separate courses, then a total of seven credits are needed for the combined course content.


  1. Completion of at least 40 documented OT observation hours under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner. Up to 20 hours (but no more) may be under the supervision of a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).  The observation hours should include experiences in an adult client setting and a pediatric client setting. As few as one occupational therapist at one site and as many as four therapists at four different facilities can be used to complete the 40 hours.
    • A Documentation of Experience (DOE) form must be completed by each supervising occupational therapy practitioner to verify hours of contact.
    • It is permissible to have multiple completed DOE forms, as long as any individual form reflects at least 10 or more hours.
    • You are responsible for following the instructions on the top of each form and distributing the forms to the supervising occupational therapy practitioner.
    • The occupational therapy practitioner completing the form will submit the completed form to the school via email, following the instructions on the bottom of the form.  This form, along with its instructions, can be downloaded at http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/ot/application.aspx
  2. Applicants must secure three professional references to complete an evaluation on their behalf via OTCAS. Evaluations (sometimes called Letters of Evaluation, Letters of Reference, or Letters of Recommendation) are submitted by the evaluators themselves via Letters by Liaison, the OTCAS recommender portal. Refer to OTCAS for instruction on the evaluation process. Click here for more information.
  3. Completion of the Personal Statement on the OTCAS admission portal.
  4. After the OTCAS submission deadline, each application will be reviewed and scored using the items outlined above. Highest scoring applicants will be invited for an on-site interview. Interviews typically take place in mid to late summer.
  5. Participation in an on-site interview is required for admission. An on-site writing sample will also be completed on date of interview and is required. Each applicant’s interview and writing sample will be scored as part of the admissions decision. Admission decision notifications are typically made in late summer to early fall.



  • Recommended courses (but not required): Computer Science, Medical Terminology, Public Speaking, Technical Writing, and Philosophy.
  • Computer literacy; specifically, students are expected to be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet management, Internet navigation, and e-mail procedures.