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Occupational Therapy (OTD)

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Application Procedures

  • Nova Southeastern University subscribes to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. All applicants for the 2020 entering class should apply online prior to April 1st, using the OTCAS application at The OTCAS may take up to six weeks verifying supporting documents. Therefore, early application is highly recommended.

    Send the following supporting documents directly to OTCAS at the address below:

    • An official transcript from the registrar's office of all colleges and universities attended (mailed directly to OTCAS by the college or university)
    • Three completed evaluations, on the required form provided by OTCAS, from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic instructors/professors, health professional, work supervisors, or volunteer supervisors. At least one completed evaluation from must be from an occupational therapist (not an occupational therapy assistant). No letters from friends and/or family members will be accepted.
    • All applicants must 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). Forms for submission will be available within the OTCAS system.

Watertown, MA 02471
phone (617) 612-2860

To ensure your application goes to the OTD program, be sure to select the Nova Southeastern University Tampa OTD portal when completing your electronic OTCAS application form.

  • Once the OTCAS application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, an e-mail with a link to the supplemental application will be sent to the applicant. Please follow the instructions to complete and submit the supplemental application along with a $50 non-refundable fee no later than April 15th. (Although there are deadlines for the NSU supplemental application form, the O.T.D. program operates on a rolling admissions basis. Therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to submit all application materials as soon as possible.) All data submitted in support of this application become the property of the university and cannot be returned. It is your responsibility to inform the university of any changes in address or telephone number.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (less than five years from the date of matriculation) in all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) must be submitted to Nova Southeastern University. The NSU Code is 5522 and the department code is 0618 to send the GRE scores.
  • Upon receipt of all materials from OTCAS, the supplemental application, and applicable fees, the Committee on Admissions will review the file and select applicants for a video interview. Those selected will be notified in writing with instructions for submission of a video essay. An invitation to appear for an interview should not be construed by the applicant as evidence of acceptance. Notice of acceptance or other action by the Committee on Admissions will be on a "rolling" or periodic schedule. Early completion of the application is therefore, in the best interest of the student.

Graduates of the Nova Southeastern University entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to apply to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Board Exam ® (NBCOT). Applicants should be aware that a character review is part of the certification process.  Prospective or enrolled students who have a disciplinary record with law enforcement are encouraged to utilize the Early Determination review to learn if they will be eligible  to sit for the exam once they have completed all other  eligibility requirements. Please go to NBCOT Early Determination Review and scroll down to the Early Determination for more information on how to request a review.  A felony conviction/charge may affect a  graduate’s eligibility to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or apply for state licensure.  

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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