Occupational Therapy 3+3 program


• The 3+3 early admission program is not restricted to specific majors at Marquette University. Within the College of Health Sciences, the majors of Exercise Physiology (EXPH), Psychology (PSYCH) and Biomedical Sciences (BISC) have defined pathways to allow for application and admission to the 3+3 program for senior year, please consult with your adviser and/or the EXPH or BISC major section of this bulletin. Undergraduate students in any other major at Marquette University may be eligible to apply if they are on track to complete all Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) and college/major/minor requirements, such that no greater than 34 total elective credits remain to complete the undergraduate degree upon entering the OTD program in the senior year.
• The human anatomy and human physiology prerequisites must be completed at Marquette University.
• A maximum of one prerequisite may be in progress at time of application.
• Undergraduates who transfer to Marquette University from another institution must have a minimum of 30 total credit hours (2 terms) completed at
Marquette University and meet all other 3+3 eligibility requirements listed above.


3 + 3 Applications are due Friday, May 1st, 2024

Admissions Requirements

Applications and transcripts are to be sent to Dr. Erin Campbell (erin.campbell@marquette.edu)

Applications are not through OTCAS

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  • Minimum calculated cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) required
  • Three letters of recommendation. Suggested authors include:
  • Major adviser or professor who can comment on academic ability and preparation for graduate-level studies
  • Work supervisor or manager who can comment on work ethic and related behaviors such as reliability, timeliness, accountability
  • An individual (not a relative) who can speak to your nature, character, goals, etc.
  • Observation of an occupational therapist or experience(s) illustrating an understanding of and commitment to the occupational therapy profession.
  • Through volunteering, observation and/or work experience within an organization or setting where occupational therapy services are provided.  While a set number of observation hours is not required, applicants should consider gaining experience in a variety of practice sites over time and across the lifespan. Observations must be completed at time of application; OR
  • By completing a series of online OT Exploration Modules. Applicants choosing this option may request access to the modules by sending an email to marquetteOT@marquette.edu
    • Applicants must complete and upload the “Assignment and Reflection Documentation Packet” to their CAS portal.
  • NOTE:Exposure to occupational therapy can be gained in ONE of the following ways:
  • Prerequisite courses. Successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to matriculation into the OTD program.
  • Note: Pass/fail grades will be accepted as fulfillment of no more than four prerequisite courses taken in the spring/summer/fall 2020 terms.Human Anatomy and Human Physiology MUST be taken for a grade.
  • Pass/fail grades will be scored at a 2.0 value (4.0 scale) for internal admissions calculations.
  • Courses must be taken from a regionally accredited institution and completed within 7 years prior to application, with the exception of anatomy and physiology courses that MUST be completed within 5 years prior to application. 
  • Courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher; a "C-" will not be accepted. 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or test scores will not meet prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Semester Credits


Courses Taken At MU

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology 


Combined (A&P I, II) or separate courses, at least one w/ lab  

BISC 1035 and EXPH 2045; BISC 2015 and 2016; BISC 3135 and BISC 4145; or BISC 3135 and BIOL 4701 

Biological Science 


Course must cover cell function  

BIOL 1001 

Abnormal Psychology 


Acceptable alternatives are Psychopathology or Clinical Psychology  

PSYC 3401, 3410, or 3501 

Developmental Psychology 


Course(s) must cover lifespan  

PSYC 2101 or 3101 and 3120 



 e.g. History, Literature, Religion, Language, Ethics, Philosophy

Discovery Tier  Courses

Social Science 


e.g. Sociology, Public Health, Economics, Urban Studies, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Pyschology

Discovery Tier  Courses



Social science, educational, or mathematical; business statistics will not meet requirement  

MATH 1700; PSYC 2001 (preferred);      SOCI 2060 


Medical Terminology 




Can be completed online; and taken for credit or certificate


* Human Anatomy and Physiology may not be completed in online form

Accepted Students:

In addition to academic requirements, accepted students must be able to carry out the basic duties and essential functions of a generalist occupational therapist with or without reasonable accommodation(s). Accepted students must complete additional requisites for admission prior to matriculation, including, 

  • Health and immunization records, screens, forms completed
  • Drug test
  • Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check 
  • The State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services mandates that all persons who seek to be employed and/or licensed in the caregiver industry must fulfill the Caregiver and Background Check. Occupational therapy students are required to complete a background and criminal history check prior to matriculation and must abide by the university and state regulations pertaining to the findings. Background results may not prevent admission to the OTD program; however, some findings may limit options for placement in fieldwork rotations and/or restrict options for other experiential learning. Failure to complete this state-mandated requirement will render the student unable to fulfill requirements for graduation from the OTD program. 
  • Technical standards

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*Tuition costs dependent on board review.