To Achieve This Dream

The Achievement Summary that is needed to be accepted into the program, along with:

  • Academic achievement of a minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses and in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended through the Fall semester.
  • Recommendation letters (two) are required. One must be completed by a registered occupational therapist and the other by a professor who is able to comment on your academic performance.  Once it is completed, have him/her place it in a sealed envelope and mail it to the GVSU Admissions Office (Grand Valley State University, Attention: Admissions, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale MI, 49401)
  • Documented volunteer experience for a minimum of 50 hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist. All hours must be included in order for your application to be complete. (Mail this and all supplemental materials to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401)
  • Completion of Achievement Summary Form detailing student accomplishments that reflect the core goals of the program. (Mail this and all supplemental materials to the Admissions Office, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401)
  • An interview and an onsite writing sample.


  • PRACTICE (paid work involving direct patient contact)

1) CNA/Nursing Assistant 0.25 pts

2)Rehab (OT/PT) technician or aide 0.50 pts

3)Activity leaders/exercise leaders 0.50 pts

4)Health care professional of any kind (BS or higher) 4.00 pts

  • LEADERSHIP (any leadership role in any capacity) COMPLETED

1)Leadership role in any youth/service organization, such as,. 25 pts

i.Boy/Girl Scout Leader

ii.Camp Counselor

iii. Church Group Leader

2)Officer or Committee Chair in any formal extracurricular organization .50 pts

3)Supervisor/manager in an employment capacity, 1.00 pts

EDUCATION (any teaching role in any kind of organization.) COMPLETED

1) Sunday School Teaching .25 pts

2) Classroom Instructional Aide.25 pts

3)Tutor (group or individual) .50 pts

4)Certified activity instructor for a service organization 1.00 pts

  • RESEARCH (any research role in any capacity)

D.Research=any kind of research activity, such as Max 4.00 pts

1) Research papers /study participant/subject .25 pts

2)Research Assistant/input or collect data .50 pts

3)Involvement in analyzing research data for another .75 pts

4)Carried out independent research 1.00 pts

  • PROFESSIONAL SOCIALIZATION (any volunteer work in an area of help for those with health issues, the disabled or members of underserved populations not with an Occupational Therapist) COMPLETED

1) Participation in volunteer one-time activity .25 pts

2) Participation in ongoing volunteer activity .50 pts

3) Member of planning committee for a major volunteer effort 1.00 pts

Achievement Summary Criteria Page 2

  • Completed in a single encounter, such as.25 pts

1)Shadow a therapist for an afternoon/a day

  • Activity that extends three months or less.25 pts

1)Required ongoing participation for 1 – 3 months .25 pts

a)Summer activity

b)Community/church project

2)Is completed in 3 months or less

  • Ongoing activity that extends 4 – 5 months (one semester).50 pts
  • Ongoing activity that extends over 2 semesters (6 – 9 months).75 pts

1)Tutorial work (any level)

2)Holding office in any organization for 1 academic year

3)Leading any project over 1 academic year

  • Ongoing activity that extends over a 10 – 12 month period 1.00 pts

1)Employment experiences

2)Organizational experiences (e.g. Scouting, social groups)


Goals to make this happen:

  1. find more volunteer work under an OT
  2. find observation hours under an OT
  3. find research to participate in
  4. become a graduate assistant for the experience and stipend