Welcome to the Admissions Page for the UTC Occupational Therapy Program
The fall 2015 application cycle is now open.
All applicants must apply through OTCAS.
Our program accepts up to 24 students per academic year. Due to the sequential nature of the curriculum, matriculation to the OTD degree program occurs FALL SEMESTER ONLY. We will begin to review applications in February 2015 for Fall 2015 admissions. The OTD program admits students for one admission cycle only. Applicants who request deferred admission must reapply and compete with the new applicant pool.
The admissions committee considers the following requirements essential in determining a candidate’s potential for success in the program. To be considered for acceptance into the OTD program, a candidate must:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA). Degrees in progress will be considered. Official college transcripts are required. Degrees from foreign institutions must be independently evaluated for equivalence to the U.S. baccalaureate, including determination of a U.S. converted.
- Applicants must complete a UTC Graduate School Application after notification of acceptance.
- Submit the official results of the GRE revised General Test, which demonstrates a minimum mean percentile of 50% on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections (or a combined score of 300). A minimum of 3.5 is required on the analytical writing measure. All three areas must be completed. GRE results are valid for five years from the date of the test. Applications in OTCAS must include unofficial GRE scores to be considered complete; It is essential that the applicant determine the appropriate time to take the GRE so that the official results are received in a timely manner. Students may register for the GRE at the GRE website. The UTC school code for the GRE is 1831.
- Show completion of, or a plan for completing, the following prerequisites at the College level with a grade of C or better. Four of the six science prerequisites
(marked with an *) must be completed at the time of application. (Grades/ credit must
be reflected on transcripts sent to OTCAS) The remaining prerequisite courses must
be completed prior to starting the program NOT prior to application.
- General Biology (8 semester hours)*
- General Chemistry (4 semester hours)*
- Physics (4 semester hours)*
- Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester hours)*
- Introduction to Psychology (3 semester hours)
- Lifespan Human Development or Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours)
- Abnormal Psychology (3 semester hours)
- Statistics (3 semester hours)
- Sociology or Anthropology (3 semester hours)
- Medical Terminology Course (1 hour or more)
* - These courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. A minimum 3.0 combined GPA for all prerequisites as well as for the science prerequisites (marked with an *) is required. Please note that all science courses must be appropriate for majors in that discipline. While a course may transfer as an equivalent for the purposes of an undergraduate degree, undergraduate science courses that are designated as courses for non-majors are not accepted as prerequisites for entry into the OTD program. Equivalency Charts are available on the UTC Records page. Please contact the department with questions regarding the appropriateness of courses if you have questions. You may also contact the department for equivalency information for specific four-year schools. Online coursework for science prerequisites is strongly discouraged. Labs must be in-person. A combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs (8 hours total) is acceptable.
- Manually update fall course grades and In Progress courses in OTCAS. Provide a copy of all updated transcripts to OTCAS by the Academic Update deadline. Instructions for OTCAS Academic Update can be found on the OTCAS web site.
- Proof of first aid and CPR certification Admitted students must show proof of having previously completed a First Aid course. (Current certification is not necessary. ) Entering students must be currently certified in CPR (either for the Professional Rescuer or Health Care Providers- not Heartsaver) with certification lasting until May of their first year in the program. Students will be re-certified at that time.
- Official transcripts showing prerequisite completion will be required prior to program matriculation
Criminal Background Checks
The OT Department requires criminal background checks and/or drug tests for all enrolled students, in order to verify an individual’s suitability to participate in experiential education rotations and to ensure patient safety.
Thank you for your interest in the OTD program at UTC.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 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. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
*Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.