To qualify for admission to the certificate of advanced graduate studies in occupational program, a student must hold a bachelor's degree or higher in occupational therapy (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher) from a program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education of Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) or the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT). Classes begin in January for the Spring term, but candidates are advised to submit applications as early as possible to ensure acceptance into their desired start term.
In addition to the application for admission, students must also submit:
- application fee
- official transcripts, indicating the year of graduation from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accredited entry-level professional program
- proof of initial certification by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (AOTCB)
- proof of active licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- a background check completed through the Quinnipiac University sysytem
- verification of active employment as an occupational therapist (minimum part-time)
- current membership to the American Occupational Therapy Association
- two professional references. Examples of acceptable references include those from a supervisor, a professional peer, or a faculty member from an academic program you attended
- a personal essay that sets forth your professional goals and compatibility with the program’s learning objectives. The essay will be analyzed using a rubric for both the level of writing as well as the applicant's understanding of the program. As stated in the admissions criteria, the essay will be graded and some individuals will be required to complete a one-credit writing course. The essay must address focused questions that coincide with the program’s mission. Each essay must include answers to the following three question prompts:
- Define an "agent of change," in your own words.
- Identify an issue in your practice area that you would like to change. Identify the AOTA's position on this issue.
- Discuss how this program may help you to facilitate change. Reference at least two articles that support your perspective.
- when applicable, completion of the TOEFL exam
Background check directions
- Visit the Application Station website
- Enter QUINCBCOTONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
- Click the "Sign Up Now" button to create an account.
- Follow the instructions on the Application Station web site.
The background check will include:
- Social security number validation/verification
- Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
- National criminal database search
- Sex offender registry search
- Sanctions based search
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2