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Occupational Therapy (MOT)

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Application Procedures

Our entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program begins annually after Memorial Day. You may apply beginning July 18.

  • Nova Southeastern University subscribes to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. All applicants should apply on line between July 18 and April 15 using the OTCAS application at Priority will be given to individuals whose applications have been verified in OTCAS by April 15. The OTCAS may take up to six weeks verifying supporting documents. Therefore, early application is highly recommended.

    Send the following supporting documents directly to OTCAS at the address below:
    • An official transcript from the registrar's office of all colleges and universities attended (mailed directly to OTCAS by the college or university)
    • Three completed evaluations, on the required from provided by OTCAS, from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic instructors/professors, health professional, work supervisors, or volunteer supervisors (At least one completed evaluation from must be from an occupational therapist.)

    P.O. BOX 9120
    Watertown, MA 02471
    phone (617) 612-2860

    To ensure your application goes to the MOT program, be sure to select the Nova Southeastern University Entry-Level Masters Degree portal when completing your electronic OTCAS application form.

  • NSU only receives applications after they have been verified by OTCAS. Once the OTCAS application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, an e-mail with a link to the Nova Southeastern University online application will be sent to the applicant. The deadline for the NSU application is May 1 for the M.O.T. program. (Although there are deadlines for the NSU application form, the M.O.T. program operates on a modified rolling admissions basis. Therefore, it is in an applicant's best interest to submit all application materials as soon as they are completed.) Applicants must follow the instructions to complete and submit the NSU application, with the $50, nonrefundable fee, by May 1 to be considered. All data submitted in support of OTCAS and this application become the property of the university and cannot be returned. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform the university of any changes of address or telephone number.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (less than five years from the date of matriculation) in all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) must be submitted to OTCAS.
  • Three letters of references/recommendations from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic instructors and professors, health professionals, or volunteer or work supervisors are required. One reference must be from an occupational therapist. Evaluations should be submitted on forms within the OTCAS system.
  • All applicants must complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different OT practice settings. Some of these environments include hospitals, clinics, and private practices with a variety of populations. Forms for submission will be available within the OTCAS system.
  • Upon receipt of all materials from OTCAS, the NSU application, and applicable fees, the Committee on Admissions will contact selected applicants with instructions for submission of a video interview essay, as the program does not conduct in-person interviews. An invitation to submit a video essay should not be construed by the applicant as evidence of acceptance. Notice of acceptance or other action by the Committee on Admissions will be on a "rolling" or periodic schedule. Early completion of the application is therefore, in the best interest of the student.

Graduates of the Nova Southeastern University entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to apply to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Board Exam ® (NBCOT). Applicants should be aware that a character review is part of the certification process.  Prospective or enrolled students who have a disciplinary record with law enforcement are encouraged to utilize the Early Determination review to learn if they will be eligible  to sit for the exam once they have completed all other  eligibility requirements. Please go to NBCOT Early Determination Review and scroll down to the Early Determination for more information on how to request a review.  A felony conviction/charge may affect a  graduate’s eligibility to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or apply for state licensure.  


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