Admission Requirements

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:

  • 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 employment as an occupational therapist with at least three years of full-time OT practice. Strong candidates will have a minimum of five full-time equivalent years of OT practice or 10,000 hours within the past 10 years
  • 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 background check completed through the Quinnipiac University system
  • a personal essay that sets forth the applicant’s professional goals and compatibility with the program's learning objectives. The essay must address focused questions that coincide with the program's mission. Question prompts may include:
  1. Describe a professional issue in your practice area and identify how you might address or resolve this issue.
  2. How would this program assist you in meeting this professional need?
  3. Reflect upon and describe your professional goals and motivations.

    Responses to each question should be at most, 350 words. Responses must include current references utilizing APA formatting. The essay will be evaluated based on depth of content, as well as writing ability.


Background check directions

  1. Visit the Application Station website
  2. Enter QUINCBCOTONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
  3. Click the "Sign Up Now" button to create an account.
  4. 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
  • OIG/SIG
  • Sanctions based search

Graduation requirements:
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2