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Occupational Therapy (OTD)

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Admissions Requirements

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:

  1. complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
  3. have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  4. have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
  5. submit minimum GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
  6. 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)
  7. submit a written essay
  8. submit three letters of recommendation (At least one of them should be be from a licensed Occupational Therapist)
  9. 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.
  10. have completed Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic), if applicable
  11. Prospective students who have not yet met all admissions requirements may be conditionally accepted pending completion of these requirements. Individuals in this situation must have no more than two prerequisite courses in progress during the Spring 2020 semester, and all coursework, observation hours, and other admission requirements must be completed by May 15, 2020 in order to start classes in the Summer 2020 semester
Course Prerequisite Name/Subject Semester
Lab required Additional Information
Biology with lab (introduction, general, or principles of) 3-4 Yes  
Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
OR Human Anatomy with lab
AND Physiology with lab

Yes 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 3-4 Yes for Physics,
No for Kinesiology
Psychology 6 No 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 3 No Must cover infancy through aging
Other Social Sciences 3 No e.g., ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, ethics
English Composition 6 No  
Other humanities 9 No Examples are art, communications, literature, foreign language, history, philosophy, logic, or humanities
Statistics 3 No
Medical terminology (college) 1 No Minimum of 1 credit, college level
Ethics 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards "other humanities" requirement)
Public speaking 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards "other humanities" requirement)
Theories of personality 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards "other humanities" requirement)
Logic/philosophy 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards "other humanities" requirement)

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Admissions Office at:

Office of Admissions
Occupational Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018
(954) 262-1101 or (877) 640-0218

Tampa Regional Campus:

Jason Barshay, (813)-574-5286,
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