The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program accepts 40 students annually.

Students entering the program must meet the minimum university admissions requirements. 

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) that includes transcripts, statement of interest, and three professional and/or academic recommendations.
  • A bachelor’s degree and official transcripts from each regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent undergraduate and graduate program attended. We accept students with a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework: 
    • Anatomy and Physiology - 8 credit hours with labs; the course content must address the organization of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems in humans
    • Developmental Psychology - 3 credit hour child development or a lifespan course that includes learning principles and motor, language, cognitive, emotional, and social development 
    • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology - 3 credit hour course addressing psychopathology 
    • Social Science - 6 credit hours in courses that can include psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health, epidemiology, gerontology, and urban studies
    • Statistics - 3 credit hour course addressing behavioral, educational, psychological, or mathematical statistics. Business statistics does not fulfill this requirement.
  • Documentation of current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR/AED Certification) at the level of a Health Professional
  • Attestation of acknowledgment of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Character Review (page 8) eligibility requirements for certifying occupational therapy practitioners
  • No standardized achievement tests are required
  • A virtual interview with faculty and practitioners 
  • Participation in the Occupational Therapy virtual observation experience


Please refer to the Conditions of Acceptance for details.

This program adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for immunizations and tuberculosis surveillance and the immunization requirements of Virginia law as described under the Health Requirements for Incoming Students, Residents and Fellows. Applicants confirming acceptance on or before June 10, must have all health requirements completed by July 1. Applicants accepted after June 10 will have 3 weeks from the date of confirming acceptance to complete all health requirements.

* Online Pre-Orientation and Registration modules will be available in the Acceptance Portal. You will have access to this portal once your credentials are issued to you.

International students

Applicants born outside of the United States must provide proof of United States citizenship or Permanent Residency status with this offer of acceptance.  We require one copy of either a Birth Certificate, Passport, Naturalization Certificate, Resident Alien or Green Card for residency.