Our Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program is a three-year, clinical program for students seeking entry-level professional education.

You must obtain a bachelor's degree prior to entrance into the O.T.D. program, though you may apply during your senior year of undergraduate study. For more information on applying as a sophomore or junior undergraduate student, refer to the Occupational Therapy Scholar program.

In addition to a bachelor's degree, you must complete certain prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the program. All coursework must be completed and a bachelor's degree obtained by June 1 prior to beginning the O.T.D. program.

Selection Criteria

Enrollment is limited to 32 students selected through a competitive application process based on evaluation of the following:

  • Academic preparation and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Personal statement
  • Work or volunteer experience in occupational therapy or related area (recommended minimum of 30 hours in at least three different areas of practice)
  • Community involvement, leadership, and diverse cultural experiences
  • Recommendation letters

One letter must be from a healthcare provider, preferably an occupational therapist. One letter must be from an instructor/advisor.

  • Personal interview

Important Information for Fall 2018 Program Entrance

Criteria Early Admission General Admission
Application material must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) & USD by: Oct. 2, 2017 Jan. 2, 2018
*GRE Test recommended to be taken by: July 31, 2017 Nov. 1, 2017
**USD must receive Academic Updates from OTCAS by: Not applicable Jan. 16, 2018
Scheduled Interview Dates (by invitation only): Nov. 16, 2017 Feb. 21 and 22, 2018
Minimum requirements for Interview Selection:

The following criteria must be met:

- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- Prerequisite GPA of 3.5 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- Science Prerequisite GPA of 3.2 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- No grade below "B-" in prerequisite courses

- 6 of 9 prerequisites completed

2 of the following 3 criteria must also be met:

- 40th percentile rank for verbal GRE score

- 45th percentile rank for quantitative GRE score

- GRE analytical writing score of 4.0

The following criteria must be met:

- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- Science Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale

- No grade below "C" in prerequisite courses

- 7 of 9 prerequisite completed

The following criteria are recommended but not required:

- 40th percentile rank for verbal GRE score

- 45th percentile rank for quantitative GRE score

- GRE analytical writing score of 4.0

*The oldest GRE scores considered will be Nov. 1, 2012. Please keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks for GRE score reports to arrive at OTCAS following your test date.
**Updates received after this date will not be considered on applications.
Applications received after Jan. 2, 2018 will not be accepted.