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.
Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
Misrepresentation of academic credentials includes presenting information known as false and with the intent of obtaining employment or admission to an educational program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Statements made and documents supplied by University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences applicants and students must be complete and accurate. The university will not tolerate any misrepresentation by a student or applicant of past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments. If unexplained discrepancies appear between statements or documents provided to University of St. Augustine and information obtained otherwise, except in the case of misspellings and other such inadvertent errors, applicants may be rejected for admission and enrolled students may be dismissed.
- 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 two different occupational therapy settings (20 in one setting and 20 in another) 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.