San Jose State University

Contact Information
School Name: San Jose State University San Jose State University
Contact Name: Dr. Gigi Smith
Address: 1 Washington Square
City, State, Zip: San Jose, CA 95192-0059
Phone Number: 408-924-3078
Fax Number: 408-924-3088
Email: gigi.smith@sjsu.edu
Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/occupationaltherapy/

 

Program Information

OT degree program offered:  Master’s of Occupational Therapy

Program level:  Entry-Level Master’s Degree Programs

Program description: The Entry-Level Master’s program curriculum is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy. It enables the student to obtain the education and degrees necessary to be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist. Once the Master of Science degree in occupational therapy is completed, the student is eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Successful completion of the examination qualifies the candidate to apply for national certification and state licensure.

 

Application Information
OTCAS Deadline: Application must be VERIFIED by February 2, 2015Additionally, apply to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations(GAPE) by February 1, 2015.
Early Admissions Option: No
Rolling Admissions: Yes
Required Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
AP Credit Policy: Not accepted
Course Completion Deadline: 4 of the 8 prerequisites completed with B or higher in order to apply
Standardized Examinations: MAT or GRE required

 

Summary of Admission Procedure

Timetable

OTCAS application deadline:  February 2, 2015.  Additionally, apply to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations(GAPE) by February 1, 2015.

Date interviews are held:  N/A

Date acceptances mailed:  December – April

School begins:  August 25, 2015

Evaluation criteria:  All of the following criteria are equally important in the selection process. If any one area is below the minimum requirement, your application will not be considered for selection. Please do not apply unless your materials meet the program’s minimum requirements. Please do not apply until you have all of the required application materials. Exceptional performance in the following areas will improve chances of selection.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units is required. A 3.2 or higher is recommended.
  • Submission of online application through OTCAS.
  • Submission of the online application to San Jose State University Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations (GAPE). The application form is available at CSUMentor.
  • Official transcripts for all college level work (both 2 year and 4 year) leading up to the completion of the Bachelor Degree. Send one copy to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) and one copy to OTCAS.
  • Official transcripts for all prerequisite courses taken after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. One copy of those transcripts should be sent to OTCAS and Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE).
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined minimum Quantitative and Verbal score of 297 is required.  NOTE: Have an official copy of the GRE or MAT sent to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) and an unofficial copy sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • A minimum GRE verbal score of 153 is required and a minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.5 is desired. As an alternative to the GRE exam, a minimum score of 400 or above on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.  NOTE: Have an official copy of the GRE (SJSU code 4687) or MAT (code 1949) sent to Graduate Studies Admissions & Program Evaluations department and an unofficial copy sent to the Department of OT.
  • Submission of 3 recommendations attesting to academic ability, work performance record and personal attributes necessary for graduate study. Please have referees submit letters of recommendation through OTCAS.  The letters of recommendation can be submitted directly to OTCAS. You do not need to have them mailed to the Department of OT as well.
  • Note: The person who completes your Volunteer Evaluation Form cannot be the same person who writes your letter of reference.
  • Right of Access to Letter of Recommendation form. Please have referees submit Letter of Reference through OTCAS.
  • Minimum of 80 hours volunteer experience or paid work experience in at least 2 different types of healthcare, education, or social service settings; 60 of the hours must be completed under the supervision of an occupational therapist.  Applicants also have the option of completing a minimum of 20 hours at a community agency under the supervision of a community agency supervisor (i.e., teacher, administrator, nurse, social worker, etc.) in addition to completing the 60 hours under the supervision of an OTR/L. Examples of community agencies include schools, churches, health care agencies, social-service groups, adult day centers, advocacy groups, community mental health agencies, services for the developmentally disabled, and homeless shelters just to name a few. If the student prefers, all 80 hours can be completed under the supervision of an OTR/L. Hours must be verified by the supervisor on the Evaluation Form for Volunteer Experience and submitted at the time of application (available on the Department of Occupational Therapy website).  Must have at least 40 of the 80 hours completed by the time you apply. We require at least 20 hours to be completed under each OTR/L so that we know the OTR/L and/or supervisor knows you well enough to fill the form out for you. Do not ask an OTR/L to fill out a volunteer form for anything under 20 hours. Please note: Applicants must also download the Right of Access to Letter of Recommendation form, one copy per referee, fill it out and sign it, deliver it to each referee, and instruct him or her that it must accompany the Evaluation for Volunteer Experience form to be accepted by SJSU and our program.  Note: please provide information regarding your observation hours with an OTR/L on OTCAS AND please submit the completed, signed, and sealed Volunteer Evaluation Form, along with the Right of Access to the Letter of Recommendation Form, directly to the Occupational Therapy Department at SJSU. If you complete community service hours in addition to your occupational therapy observation hours, please do NOT enter this information into OTCAS. Please submit the completed, signed, and sealed Volunteer Evaluation Form, along with the Right of Access to the Letter of Recommendation Form directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy at SJSU.
  • All of the required prerequisite courses must be completed with a “B” or better. Ideally, all prerequisite courses should be completed before enrolling in the program. At least four of the 8 courses must be complete by the time the application is sent in.

Items to be submitted directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy at SJSU:

  1. Official GRE or MAT scores
  2. Sealed Volunteer Evaluation Forms

Items to be completed and submitted directly to OTCAS:

  1. All sealed official transcripts
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Application / personal statement

Note: please follow instructions on OTCAS.

References

Required number of references:  3

Additional requirements for letters: One letter must be from an “academic source”.

 

Prerequisites for Admission

For more information about course prerequisites, visit the program website:

Course Prerequisite Name/Subject Req, Rec, Crg* SEM
Hours
QTR Hours Lab required (Y/N) Additional Information
Human Anatomy w/ Lab Req 3  4 Y Must have taken within 7 years prior to enrollment in the program.
Human Physiology w/ Lab Req 3  4 Y
Neuroanatomy/Neuroscience Req 3-4  4 Y
General Psychology Req 3  4 N
Abnormal Psychology Req 3  4 N
Statistics Req 3  4 N A general statistics course that covers correlations and analysis of variance (ANOVA) Must have taken within 7 years prior to enrollment in the program
Cultural Anthropology or Sociology Req 3  4 N General
Skills Course Req 3  4 N May be taken through adult education. The purpose of the course is to have students work with an artistic medium. Acceptable courses include: Ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpting, weaving, or wood working. Previous work may be accepted as fulfilling this requirement, at the discretion of the graduate coordinator.

* “Req” = required course; “Rec” = recommended course; “Crq” = conditionally required course

 

Additional requirements and considerations

(Send items directly to the OT program)

Official GRE / MAT Scores and Volunteer Evaluation Forms along with the Right of Access Form.

Supplemental application required:

Supplemental fee required: 

Other supplemental materials required:  GRE or MAT scores. 

Please note: Applicants must download the Volunteer Evaluation Form and mail it directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Applicants must also download the Right of Access form, one copy per referee, fill it out and sign it, deliver it to each referee, and instruct him or her that it must accompany the Evaluation for Volunteer Experience form to be accepted by SJSU and our program.

Department of Occupational Therapy
Attn: Entry-Level Master’s Program
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0059

 

Foreign Applicants

Citizenship requirements:   International Applicants must submit the appropriate application providing the information for the visa they hold at the time the application is submitted.  (Example, if applicant currently holds an “H” visa, but anticipates changing to an “F” visa, they must submit a domestic application. The change in visa status may be requested only after the application process has been completed.  If an applicant is not in the United States and requires an “F” visa to attend, they must submit an international application.  If an applicant is transferring an “F” visa to SJSU, an international application is also required.)

 

Requires TOEFL scores:  Yes, minimum score of 89.

 

Program policy for submission of non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework:  SJSU requires that all applicants who have completed course work at an institution outside the United States provide a WES (World Education Services) ICAP, course-by-course evaluation. Mark sheets/transcripts must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. (SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES.) A complete WES evaluation is preferred. However, GAPE will review applications of those in the final year of study. For these applicants, the WES Evaluation must contain a minimum of 7 semesters of work. More information can be found on the International Applicants: How to Apply page and the Domestic Applicants: How to Apply page.     After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to SJSU as our offices will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES.  

 

2013-2014 Admissions Summary
Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident
Nonresident
International
Total 350

Average GPA for accepted applicants for 2013:  3.69

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