Occupational TherapyRequest Info About Graduate School
Developmental Advising Specialist
Chair, Occupational Therapy Program
- Major: Occupational Therapy
- Degree Program: Occupational Therapy
- Program Web Site
- School of Medicine
- Degree Designation: Master's (M.O.T.)
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that provides services to people of all ages with physical, mental or developmental disabilities. The purpose of occupational therapy is to help individuals achieve a maximum level of independence. The focus is on developing the capacity to function in all activities (occupations) of daily life, including self-care, work and leisure, hence the name occupational therapy.
The Occupational Therapy Program at WVU is an entry-level master’s program that offers training for a rewarding career in helping people. Occupational therapists treat people of all ages who have a variety of health problems, both physical and cognitive. Common disorders among patients seen by occupational therapy practitioners include stroke, developmental disabilities, arthritis, hand injuries, schizophrenia and depression.
Occupational therapists work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, and private practice.
Occupational therapists should expect to continue to develop professionally by participating in continuing education courses and workshops. A number of states require continuing education for maintaining licenses.
Graduate Program Application Requirements
Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.
- See "Additional Information" below for other requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.
Applicants must complete all OT prerequisite coursework and all WVU general education coursework by June 1st prior to beginning the program in the summer. No more than 2 OT prerequisite courses may be taken in the Spring semester prior to the start of summer coursework. All applicants must have documented completion of 60 hours of volunteer experience (shadowing) with more than one OT at more than one clinical site. Two reference forms are provided in the application, each of which must be completed by a different OT who supervised the applicant during their volunteer experiences at different sites.
Prospective students should apply online at:
Application Priority Dates and Deadlines
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
WVU's Division of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Program, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The OT Program at WVU was awarded reaccreditation in 2013. The next scheduled onsite visit for accreditation will be 2023-24. More information about accreditation can also be found at the AOTA web site: http://www.aota.org.