Admission to the School of Nursing and Health Professions – Master of Occupational Therapy Program

Admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT)

Admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program is competitive.  Students must meet the pre-requisite coursework and admission requirements. Qualified students from diverse backgrounds, second-career, and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply. Trinity admits students without regard to race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

Admission Criteria

Requirements for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from a US-accredited college or university; official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses with an overall average of 3.0 or better. (See Program Prerequisite Course List)
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, internet and email is necessary for success in this hybrid program. Experience with an online educational platform such as Blackboard or Moodle is desirable.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.
  • At least 40 hours of documented observation with an occupational therapist. Applicants are encouraged to log in more than 40 hours and observe at several different settings. Documented observation hours must have been completed within two years of the application deadline.- MOT Observation Time Sheet
  • Completion of an interview with MOT faculty

Program Pre-requisites Course List

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II: Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology, including labs;
  • Statistics or Research Methods: At least one semester;
  • Sociology: At least one semester;
  • Three Psychology Courses: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Lifespan Development (Courses that meet the lifespan development requirement are: Child Psychology, Human Development, and Developmental Psychology)
  • Medical Terminology: One semester. This requirement may be met with an online course.

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Application Procedure

Candidates for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy program must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions.

  • Complete an online application for admission.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at the undergraduate and graduate level, sent directly to Trinity from the issuing institution(s). Transcripts submitted directly from an applicant are considered unofficial unless received in the original, unopened envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation in support of the application testifying to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate education and potential for professional growth and development in the field of occupational therapy.
  • Recommendations should come from current/recent supervisors or managers & current/recent professors. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted from friends or family members.
  • A 500-word personal reflective essay, describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy, why you believe you will be a good fit for Trinity’s program, and your ability to be successful in a program delivered partially online and partially face-to-face on campus.
  • Completion of an interview with MOT faculty.

All supporting materials should be sent to:

Office of Admissions: School of Nursing and Health Professions
Trinity Washington University
125 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all required documentation is submitted to Trinity for an admission decision to be made. Applications are reviewed and evaluated in the order in which they are received. Admissions decisions will be communicated in writing to applicants as soon as possible after a decision is made.

All materials received by Trinity from applicants or third parties (high schools, undergraduate and/or graduate institutions, recommenders, etc.) will be the property of Trinity. Trinity does not return or release materials submitted to the Admissions Office to applicants or third parties.

Falsification or alteration of any documents submitted for admission will result in actions up to, and including, revocation of acceptance to Trinity and the School of Nursing and Health Professions and/or dismissal from Trinity.

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Transfer Credits for Graduate Degrees

The Master of Occupational Therapy program does not accept transfer credits from other occupational therapy programs.  Students are required to complete all coursework and fieldwork as Trinity students in order to graduate with the Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

We have developed a modified application process for applicants who are graduates of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and hold a baccalaureate degree in as an occupational therapy assistant or another discipline. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) applicants should submit the following:

  • Trinity application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended.
  • Documentation of certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Copy of COTA license as applicable.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • A 500-word reflective essay, describing your work experiences as a COTA, reasons for applying to the Trinity MOT program, and your ability to be successful in a program delivered partially online and partially face-to-face on campus.

COTA applicants are not required to complete the observation hours.

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Admission Requirements and Procedures for Non-Degree Students

Individuals interested in taking courses at Trinity on a part-time, non-matriculating basis may apply as non-degree students. Prospective non-degree students must complete an online application for non-degree student status with the Office of Admissions.

Individual courses are offered on a space-available basis only, and students must satisfy all course prerequisites. Admission into these courses does not imply admission to Trinity. Students may earn no more than six graduate credit hours as a non degree-seeking student. Students may be considered for additional credits as non-degree seeking in the case where a student requests to complete prerequisite credits required of a Trinity graduate degree program. Special policies apply to credit earned through the Professional Development for Educators program. These credits may not be applied toward a degree and do not count toward credits taken as a non-degree seeking student.

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Admission Requirements for International Students


International applicants must submit all credentials for admission as a first-year, transfer, or non-degree student. The student is responsible for submitting all transcripts from institutions attended outside the United States for evaluation. To apply for admission to Trinity, international applicants must present the following documentation:

To apply for admission to Trinity, international candidates must provide the following documentation:

  1. Complete the Trinity online application (no fee).  Your Trinity journey starts here!
  2. Transcripts:  Original or certified educational documents of high school transcripts and degree, university transcripts and mark sheets. All international applicants or students who are U.S. citizens who have obtained high school or college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States must submit official transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation by one of the agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  3. Recommendation Letters: International applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from a high school teacher, college professor or current employer.
  4. English Proficiency Standards: If English is not an official language in your country, you have not earned a college/university degree in the U.S., or you are not currently enrolled in a degree program in the U.S. you will need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or an International English Language Testing System  exam before you can be considered for final admissions. All English proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date. Official test scores must be provided directly from the testing agency. TOEFL: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be submitted directly to Trinity by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Trinity’s code is 5796, and a minimum score of 550 on paper-based test (PBT) or 213 on computer-based test (CBT) or 79 on Internet-based test (IBT) is required.  IELTS – Academic: A minimum6.5 total band score. is required.
  5. The Immigration Form I–20 needed to obtain the F-1/Student Visa will be issued only to applicants who: 1) Are admitted to Trinity. 2) Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses for at least one academic year. Proof of financial responsibility, which includes an official bank statement for the first year of study, along with a letter of sponsorship from the Sponsor. Contact the International Student Adviser, Hanan Adnan, at or (+1) 202-884-9141 for details regarding proof of financial responsibility. Note: All international students must pursue a full course of study (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students). Failure to adhere to this USCIS requirement for F-1 students may jeopardize your legal non-immigrant status.

Deadlines for International Students: All required documents must be submitted by January 2 for the following fall semester. Financial aid is not available to international students.

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Other Application Requirements and Procedures for Students

 Application Deadline

The Master of Occupational Therapy priority  application deadline is January 30. Candidates for admission should apply and arrange that all credentials be forwarded well in advance of the deadline.

Declaration of Intent

Upon notification of acceptance, the applicant will be asked to submit a Declaration of Intent (DOI). The DOI confirms an accepted candidate’s intention to enroll at Trinity in the School of Nursing and Health Professions’ Master of Occupational Therapy program. Registration for courses cannot be processed until a DOI has been received.

Health Insurance

All full-time students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Professions must carry health insurance. A brochure describing the student health insurance plan offered through the University is emailed each year to new students; it also may be obtained from Trinity’s Health & Wellness Center.

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