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. The deadline for receipt of all documents in support of an application for admission is July 1st. 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)
- verification of employment as an occupational therapist: minimum of 6,000 hours of OT practice (equals three years FTE) with at least 4,000 hours (equals two FTE years or four to six part time years) within the last six years
- proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- two professional references
- a personal essay - is also required that sets forth the applicant’s 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. Question prompts may include:
- 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 TOFEL exam
- complete background check
Background check directions:
- Visit the Application Station website
- Enter QUINCBCOT 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 cost is $60 unless the student is from New York and then it is $129.
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
Prior to the start of coursework, the student must become a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and sign an ethics pledge.
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2