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The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) Program selects students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. These scores will be factored into the rubric that the department uses in evaluating applicant qualifications. Strong candidates will also demonstrate concern for people of diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to use judgment, insight, and reasoning.
All applicants (including Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants [COTAs] as applicable) must:
complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
submit minimum GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different occupational therapy settings that provide services related to children and youth, work and industry, rehabilitation, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, or another specified facility (or graduation from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program)
submit a written essay
submit three letters of recommendation (At least one of them should be be from a licensed Occupational Therapist)
demonstrate computer and word processing competency to include, but not limited to, World Wide Web navigation, software and learning management system (e.g., BlackBoard) utilization, e-correspondence, database explorations, etc.
If applicable, have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher for the written test or 213 or higher for the computer-based test OR have a Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) score of 54 or higher
Course Prerequisite Name/Subject
Biology with lab (introduction, general, or principles of)
Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab OR Human Anatomy with lab AND Physiology with lab
If Anatomy taken separately from Physiology, Anatomy with lab should be 4 credits & Physiology with lab will be 3-4 credits
Physics with lab (general, college) OR Kinesiology
Yes for Physics, No for Kinesiology
Must include 3 credits of Introduction to Psychology and 3 credits of an upper-level psychology course—abnormal psychology, social psychology, substance abuse, etc.
Human Growth and Development OR Developmental Psychology