Applying to the 4+1 program

Notes regarding pending changes to the 4+1 program:
The Department of Occupational Therapy is developing an OT doctoral program, which will take the place of the current master's degree program.

•  Applicants who indicate "pre-occupational therapy" as their intended major will pursue the pre-OT track of the Interdisciplinary Health Services bachelor’s degree program. This B.S. program is designed to prepare students to apply to WMU's OTD program.
•  Current WMU students in the 4+1 program will be allowed to finish their MS in OT.
•  The last deadline to apply to the 4+1 program will be Sept. 1, 2019, for a spring 2020 admission.
•  The OTD program is scheduled to begin in summer II 2020 and will replace the current MSOT program.

Minimum application requirements and prerequisites for current WMU and transfer students

  • Applications are due Jan. 31 (fall admission) and Sept. 1 (spring admission) of each year
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. This will be calculated from all previous coursework, including any courses taken at institutions other than WMU.
  • All prerequisites must be completed before the application is due. These include: 
    • BIOS 2100  Human Anatomy
    • BIOS 2400: Human Physiology
    • PSY 1000: General Psychology
    • PSY 2500: Abnormal Psychology
    • ENGL 1050: Thought & Writing
    • HSV 2250: Growth, Development, and Aging
    • OT 2020: Orientation to OT—OT 2020 is a three-credit online course at WMU that can be completed before applying, or can be in progress when the application is due. To register for OT 2020, you must first apply to WMU using the appropriate application. If you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at another institution, please complete the guest application.
    • Volunteer/work experience, cultural competency, leadership/teamwork experience
    • Documented OT shadowing experience—please use the evaluation form located on the last page of the OT application.

Steps to apply

  1. Must be admitted to WMU, and have all official copies of your transcripts (from every school you've attended other than WMU) sent to the WMU Office of Admissions. We must have everything on file, including any coursework you complete just before the OT application deadline.
  2. Submit your 4+1 OT application no later than the deadline: Jan. 31 or Sept. 1
    • Pay close attention to checklist on page one


Questions? Speak with an advisor.