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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Apply NOW for Fall 2022!  The application deadline for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is rolling.

*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 will continue to review applications throughout the admissions cycle as needed, to enroll the most 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. 

You can feel excited about the opportunities that await you at Western New England University!

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) posted a 100% pass rate on the NBCOT certification examination for the Western New England University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Class of 2020. This is the highest passing rate among OTD programs in western Massachusetts.

Explore completed Doctoral Experiential projects by clicking here.

Exciting things are happening in the WNE Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and we want you to be a part of it all!

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OTD 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 preferred for admission. Candidates with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply and 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.
  • Recommendations: applicants are required to enter a minimum of three evaluator names within their 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: applicants must submit the standard 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.

English Language Proficiency Test Requirements

English-language proficiency test scores are required for all applicants who are non-native English speakers who have resided in a country, where English is the primary language, for less than 10 years, UNLESS the applicant has earned or is degree pending (will have earned by anticipated matriculation date) a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree following three or more years of campus-based post-secondary instruction in the United States.  Test scores cannot be older than three years old. 

 OTD applicants can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

  • TOEFL - 79 IBT
  • IELTS - 6.5
  • PTE Academic - 58
  • STEP Eiken - 2A
  • iTEP - 4
  • Duolingo - 110 DET

 

List of countries in which English language testing would be waived because it is the primary language:

 

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom

 

 

Required Prerequisite Courses

A pre-requisite GPA of 3.0, is preferred 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.

**Prerequisite coursework cannot be fulfilled with a grade lower than “C.”  Courses completed with a lower grade must be repeated to achieve a grade of “C” or higher.

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 their application portal. WNE Observation forms are preferred and can be downloaded here.

NOTE: Due to continued 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).

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.

**Prerequisite coursework cannot be fulfilled with a grade lower than “C.”  Courses completed with a lower grade must be repeated to achieve a grade of “C” or higher.

 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:

Students must submit an application (including required letters of recommendation) to the OTD program. Application can be found here.
Select the following options:

Application: 2022 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Applied Program: Doctor of Occupational Therapy
You will be attending: Full-time
Entry Term: Fall 2022(PHARM/OTD)

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!