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  • Doctoral-degree-level Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Criteria

    The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

    The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

    Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

    Admission Criteria

    1. Direct Admission to the OTD (Rolling Admissions)

    Qualified students who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the graduate Program in Occupational Therapy may apply directly to the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program through the School of Health Sciences. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the School of Health Sciences, at the graduate level the successful applicant to the OTD Program will demonstrate evidence of the following:

    • Submit official transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate study.
    • Earn a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate study, including OT Program prerequisite courses. Note: courses and grades from all schools attended are used to calculate GPA for admission.
    • OT Prerequisite courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs), Introduction to Psychology (General Psychology), Human Development (Lifespan Development), Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology, and Medical Terminology
    • Earn a Science GPA of 3.0 in OT Program prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II).
    • Provide two letters of reference
    • Provide current resume
    • *Submit a career goals statement (your relationship to OT/what brought you to OT?)/personal essay to include information pertaining to the desire to complete the Doctoral Degree (~1-2 pages). This essay may address OT background, choice or history of desire for Major and the course of action towards an OTD.
    • Provide documentation of at least 40 hours of clinical observation (can be a combination of alternate activities including searching capstone ideas and listed alternate activities) under the supervision of an occupational therapist before beginning the professional program with forms from packet listed below.
    • Submit complete application by February 1 priority deadline with supplemental forms.
    • Interview with Program Director and at least one other core faculty
    1. Master’s Admission with OTD progression request:
    • Submit official transcripts of all previous undergraduate or graduate study.
    • Earn a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate study, including OT Program prerequisite courses. Note: courses and grades from all schools attended are used to calculate GPA for admission.
    • OT Prerequisite courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs), Introduction to Psychology (General Psychology), Human Development (Lifespan Development), Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology, and Medical Terminology
    • Earn a Science GPA of 3.0 in OT Program prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II).
    • Provide two letters of reference
    • Provide current resume
    • *Submit a career goals statement (your relationship to OT/what brought you to OT?)/personal essay to include information pertaining to the desire to complete the Doctoral Degree (~1-2 pages). This essay may address OT background, choice or history of desire for Major and the course of action towards an OTD.
    • Provide documentation of at least 40 hours of clinical observation (can be a combination of alternate activities including searching capstone ideas and listed alternate activities) under the supervision of an occupational therapist before beginning the professional program with forms from packet listed below.
    • Submit complete application by February 1 priority deadline with supplemental forms.
    • Interview with Program Director and at least one other core faculty

    AND Following the First or Second semester completion of Program of Study, the graduate student requesting transition to the OTD must:

    • Demonstrate a minimum GPA in coursework of 3.25 within the first semester of the Program.

    *OTD Essay

    Please complete a clear and concise personal essay supporting the applicant’s rationale to pursue the OTD as a degree with careful attention to your ideas toward a desired doctoral capstone experience.  The doctoral capstone is a 14-week practicum experience in an advanced area of learning that occurs separate from your level II fieldwork experiences. Consider a topic area you may be interested in in any of the following areas of occupational therapy: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education or theory development.

    For more information

    To learn more about the Occupational Therapy program, please attend an information session or contact us directly.

     

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