Candidates must meet the following admission requirements in order to be considered for the OTD program.
Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You can apply while you are still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework. You should submit a plan of study with your application that indicates all remaining courses that will be completed prior to program enrollment.
GRE: An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS. The test must have been taken within the last five (5) years. A combined minimum GRE score of 294 for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. The analytical writing score is also evaluated. Candidates who have previously earned a Master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- When you apply through our free online application, the University’s GRE Institutional Code Number is 5325.
- When you apply through OTCAS, the University’s GRE Institutional Code Number is 7352.
Resume: Include a current resume or curriculum vitae with your application.
Statement of Purpose: Include a short statement of why you wish to pursue occupational therapy as a career and why you chose the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for that pursuit.
Prerequisites: Unless candidates have current work experience in a health sciences field, it is recommended (but not required) that their prerequisites have been taken no more than five (5) years previously — especially anatomy and physiology.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. You can find our OTD prerequisite form here. Evidence of successful completion of the following prerequisites is required:
|Required Prerequisite Courses|
|Motion & Movement|
Physics, Physical Science, Biomechanics or Anatomical Kinesiology. Must include motion and movement. Introductory courses are acceptable.
|Biology (Human Based)|
Knowledge of human body, structure and function. Exercise Physiology can be used as a substitute. Introductory courses are acceptable.
|General or Upper Level Human Anatomy & Physiology|
Knowledge of human body, structure and function.
|Human Growth and Development over Lifespan|
Human or lifespan development course that includes motor and psychosocial development from birth through end of life.
Any combination of Psychology, Sociology, Sociocultural/Socioeconomic, Anthropology, Human Behavior and Development, Public Health, Humanities (must show human relationships), Ethnicity or Gender Studies courses can be used toward this requirement.
- A total of two (2) references from the following: Two licensed occupational therapists (preferred) or one occupational therapist and one faculty member or academic advisor.
- A minimum of 40 volunteer or observation experience hours (volunteer hours, work hours, observation hours, etc.) in an occupational therapy setting is required.
- A comprehensive background check requiring fingerprints and drug screen will be administered during the admissions process. A felony charge and or conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.
- A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.