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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

There's still time to apply for Fall 2021!

We want you to feel excited about the opportunities that await you at Western New England University!

Some noteworthy accomplishments of our program during the academic year 2019-20 included receiving full accreditation for our program in December 2019!

In addition, our first graduating cohort has completed exciting online Doctoral Experiential projects at local health care, educational and community-based settings. Projects include falls prevention, interprofessional team-based care patient visits and driving safety to name a few. Exciting things are happening in the WNE Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and we want you to be a part of it all!

Ready to apply? Apply Now through OTCAS.

ADMISSION DEADLINES

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, 2021. However, we will continue to review applications beyond that date if necessary to enroll the most highly qualified students possible.

When preparing and submitting your application materials, keep in mind the verification process completed by OTCAS can take up to four weeks. Your application will not be considered complete until your status shows as “verified” in OTCAS. 

Admissions 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 and upload signed observation forms within the Documents Section of their OTCAS application. WNE Observation forms are preferred and can be downloaded here.

NOTE: Due to COVID 19 restrictions, if you are unable to complete in-person observation hours (preferred), you may choose to complete the following online shadowing module found here. Password: LucasQU (case sensitive).

Recommendations

  • 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 2 of the following 3 WNE program specific questions within the OTCAS application:
    • Required: 
      • Worldwide, individuals experience diverse health disparities, and unequal access to healthcare that is often influenced by social determinants of health. In light of national and global events, offer a description of the importance of cultural diversity and relevance of social justice to health care delivery.
    • Choose one of the following 2 questions:
      • In Vision 2025, The American Occupational Therapy Association defines Occupational Therapy as an "inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living." AOTA, 2020, para.1) Given this definition, describe your vision of an occupational therapist's role in the current healthcare environment.
      • Leadership is defined in many ways, most commonly as someone who is in charge, but also as the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal (Ward, 2020, para. 1).  Describe an experience in your life where you assumed a leadership role. What qualities did you bring to that role and what outcomes, positive or negative resulted from that experience? What insight did you acquire from this experience?

 

OTD Application process for WNE 3+3 Health Studies/Pre-OT students

Students enrolled in the 3 + 3 Health Studies/Pre-OT major will apply to the OTD program during the spring semester of their Junior year and matriculate into the program after completing their Junior year at WNE.

Admissions requirements:

  • Students must meet the overall undergraduate GPA requirement of 3.20 and the OTD pre-requisite course GPA requirement of 3.20 by the end of their Junior year.
  • Students may be required to complete a successful admissions interview and writing sample.

Prerequisite coursework:

  • The following prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:
    • 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:

Students must complete a minimum number of 14 observation hours in two different settings as required by the OTD program. WNE Observation forms are preferred and can be downloaded here.

Application process:

  1. Students must submit an application (including required letters of recommendation) to the OTD program. Application can be found here.
    1. Select entry term
    2. Select College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    3. Then select Create Application to begin.

Application Deadline:

Applications should be submitted as early as possible during the spring semester of Junior year.

 

Accreditation

In December, 2019, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted the WNE OTD Program accreditation for the maximum length of time through academic year 2026/2027, for having achieved full compliance with the academic standards. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

QUESTIONS?

For OTD admissions questions, please contact otdadmissions@wne.edu or call Lori Berg, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, at 413-796-2073 or Paula Geddis, Assistant Director of Admissions at 413-796-2528. Join us for virtual chats by registering here!