Admissions and Enrollment

All application materials must be uploaded and submitted to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service. Applications will open mid-July every year.

The admissions committee will base decisions upon several components of an application package. They include: overall and math/science grade point averages (GPAs), the personal interview, personal and professional references. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required for application.

Consistent with the University's mission, applicants from the Appalachian region are given preference in the admissions process. Students who are graduates (or who plan to graduate) from Lincoln Memorial University will be guaranteed an interview provided they have met all the admissions, prerequisite criteria. Lincoln Memorial University students are not guaranteed acceptance into the program, but they are granted a preferred status which may be beneficial in a competitive admissions environment.

Applicants must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate education from a college or university accredited by an accrediating agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) prior to anticipated enrollment. Students must achieve the following requirements prior to enrollment:

  • 3.0 overall GPA on all college coursework
  • 3.0 overall GPA on all prerequisities
  • 2.8 overall GPA on all college math/science coursework
  • Minimum of 40 hours of shadowing occupational therapists
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • Personal Statement

Prior to matriculation into the Program, applicants must have completed all prerequisite coursework with a C grade or better of the following prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development OR Lifespan Development (3)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  •  Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) 
  • Sociology, Anthrology, OR Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (3 credits)

Substitution of requirement for any of the above prerequisite courses may be granted by the occupational therapy program admissions committee on an individual basis.

Preference is given to applicants with permanent residence in the Appalachian region of the following states: TN, KY, VA, NC, OH, WV, PA, AL, and GA.