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Admissions Requirements

Students entering the OT program are evaluated by their GRE scores, undergraduate academic performance, and successful completion of prerequisite courses. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

We also assign credit for volunteer/work experience. In order to obtain credit, applicants must complete a minimum of 30 hours in occupational therapy and have the supervising occupational therapist complete one of the OT application reference forms documenting their service and performance. This form must be completed and signed by the OT practitioner who supervised the applicant during the 30 volunteer work hours. This form can be found inside your university application. The reference forms are currently only available within the application materials.

To be a competitive applicant you need to demonstrate a strong academic background, strong GRE scores, and good life experience activities such as: additional OT volunteer work over and above the minimum 30 hours, volunteering in a community related setting other than OT, significant leadership experience, research activity, scholarship history and significant academic or community volunteer awards.


View List of required Prerequisites.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete university application
  2. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  3. Volunteer or Work Experience (30 hours compulsory)
  4. Three reference forms; one from the occupational therapy practitioner who supervised volunteer or work experience.
  5. The second and third references should be provided by major advisors or professors
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results
  7. Completed prerequisite courses taken form
  8. Completed plans for remaining year form
  9. Minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  10. Supplemental profile form
  11. Log of Occupational Therapy related experience
  12. Resume

Applicants receive additional profile points on their application for service experiences in the AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or prior military service.

Please note: All above information must be received before an admission decision can be made. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application.

National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Program graduates are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. | 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 | 301-990-7979 | 301-869-8492 (Fax) |

Are there any factors that would prohibit me from taking the certification exam?
If you have a felony conviction on your record, this may affect your ability to sit for the certification examination administered by NBCOT after you graduate; this can subsequently affect your ability to attain state licensure. Before applying to the OT program, you can contact NBCOT for information on their early determination program to assess examination eligibility. Go to NBCOT and read the Early Review section for further details.

Important Dates

Application available
July 1

Application deadline
November 15

Acceptances offered
February / March

View the 2017-2018 Occupational Therapy Health Advisors Handbook (PDF).