1) Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or if planning to complete a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment). While no specific discipline is required, often, undergraduate students major in areas such as health sciences, exercise science or psychology in preparation for a doctorate program in occupational therapy.

2) Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

3) B- or better in all prerequisite courses

Required Prerequisites              Credits                                  
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab                 4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab                 4
Biology with Lab               3-4
Introduction to Psychology                 3
Abnormal Psychology                 3
Social Science                 3
Statistics or Research                 3
Medical Terminology               1-3

All prerequisites must have been completed within ten years prior to application. Candidates may still apply with prerequisites in progress, as long as official transcripts showing successful completion (B- or better) of prerequisites are received prior to program matriculation.

4) Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores taken within the last 5 years

5) Minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer, and/or work experience in occupational therapy (do not have be completed prior to application, but must be completed before the start of classes). We recommended having more than one observation site across the lifespan of experiences.

6) 3 letters of recommendation (submitted via OTCAS) - at least one of these must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a licensed occupational therapist

7) Candidates who are invited to the interview phase of the admission process will be required to complete a writing sample based on a short reading assignment. The student will be given up to 50 minutes to complete the essay.

8) Completed OTCAS application