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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Application Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education must be completed prior to matriculation into the OTD program.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required for admission. Candidates with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The GRE is not required for admission, however, GRE scores for testing within the last five years will be considered if submitted.
  • Composite TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) for non-native English speakers
Required prerequisite courses: 
A cumulative pre-requisite GPA of 3.0, with no grade below a "C" is required for the following prerequisite courses (24 credits):
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 credits)
  • Physics or Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • Sociology, Social Psychology, or Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Development Psychology or Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)
    • Candidates who need to satisfy the Medical Terminology prerequisite have the option to complete this requirement online through Caduceus International Publishing. The cost of the course starts at $129.95. For additional details and to register, visit: https://wne.cipcourses.com.
*Statistics and Medical Terminology courses completed more than five years prior to applying to the OTD program cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements.
Observation hours:
Complete at least 14 hours observing at least two registered occupational therapists in at least two different clinical settings. Candidates must complete upload signed observation forms within their OTCAS application.  WNE Observation forms are preferred and can be downloaded here.
  • Applicants are required to enter a minimum of three evaluator names within their OTCAS application; it is preferred that one recommendation be from a professor.  Additional recommendations should be from individuals with knowledge of your educational and/or professional history.
Personal Statement and WNE Specific Questions:
  • Submit the standard OTCAS personal statement which should address why you selected OT as a career and how an occupational therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.
  • Answer the following WNE program specific questions within the OTCAS application:
    • Describe your vision of an occupational therapist's role in the current healthcare environment. (e.g. Affordable Care Act, Interprofessional practice, healthcare access disparity.)
    • Describe an experience in your life where you assumed a leadership role. What qualities did you bring to that role and what positive outcomes resulted from that experience?
Candidates seeking early admission should submit their complete application via OTCAS by December 1.  After December 1, we will continue to accept applications for admission on a rolling basis. We expect to enroll our incoming class by April, 2020. However, we will continue to review applications beyond that date if necessary to enroll the most highly qualified students possible.