To qualify for admission to the occupational therapy doctorate program, a student must have a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy with a master's degree in occupational therapy or a related master's degree (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher). Classes begin in August for the fall term. Candidates are advised to submit applications as early as possible.
In addition to the application for admission, students must also submit:
- $45 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 in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or AOTCB initial certification (prior to NBCOT). International applicants who do not have NBCOT certification must provide proof of qualification/licensure in their home country
- verification of active employment as an occupational therapist (minimum part-time)
- proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- two professional references, at least one of which must be from a supervisor or administrator
- current membership to the American Occupational Therapy Association
- when applicable, completion of the TOEFL exam
- a personal essay on the following topics:
- 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 using APA formatting that support your perspective.
Answer each question separately, but place them on one document. Responses to each question should be at most, 350 words. The essay will be evaluated using a rubric for both your level of writing, as well as your understanding of the program. Some individuals may be required to complete a writing course before beginning the program.