​​​​Doctor of Occupational Therapy Application Process

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application (OTCAS) which is available on our apply now page.​ The OTCAS application typically opens in July and closes in October. See our apply now page for this year's deadline.

  • Candidates must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a "C" or better prior to beginning the program (Click here to view course descriptions). If you would like to have your courses evaluated to determine whether they meet the requirements, please utilize Transferology for this purpose. Click here to acce​ss our Transferology Guide for instructions.​​
    • MATH 123 or BSLA314: Statistics
    • BIOL201/201L: Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, lecture and lab
    • PSYC 100: General Psychology
    • PSYC 208: Lifespan Development
    • PSYC 233: Abnormal Psychology
    • HEPR 220: Medical Terminology
    • PHYS 150/150L: Conceptual Physics and lab
    • SOCI 105: Introduction to Sociology
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete a total of 50 hours of observation in two different occupational therapy settings, with a minimum of 20 hours in each setting. Optional observation hour​s form available by clicking the button below.

  • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to beginning the doctoral program.
  • Completion of the Occupational Therapy Central Application Service (OTCAS) and Traditional College program supplemental application materials. 
  • Three satisfactory professional recommendations. 

Selection of Applicants

A number of factors are considered during the selection process. Categories include:
  • GPA (with emphasis on program prerequisites)
  • Program preparation
  • Involvement in outside activities
  • Service activities
  • Understanding of the profession
  • Recommendations
  • Written and verbal skills
  • Leadership ability
While the application criteria serve as general guidelines, final decisions are based on review of the student's entire record.

Students enrolled at the University of Findlay are given special consideration.


First-Time Freshmen

Application to the traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program is a two-step process. Your first step is to apply to the University of Findlay and then get accepted into the program. 

Early Assurance Program

High school seniors have the option to apply for the Early Assurance Program. Early assurance applicants are required to complete their bachelor's degree at the University of Findlay. Students can choose any bachelor's degree that meets the ​required prerequisites for the OTD Program. We recommend working toward a bachelor's degree in psychology or social work, as they are clear pathways to the OTD Program. 

If granted undergraduate admission and the following criteria are met, the applicant will be sent a supplemental early assurance application:
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • 25 or higher on the ACT or 1230​ or higher on the SAT
The supplemental early assurance application allows high school seniors to provide the reviewers with information regarding extra-curricular activities and community service as well as performance in other areas pertinent to granting an invitation to participate in the Early Assurance Program. 

In order to maintain early assurance candidacy status, students will be required to:
  • Meet with an identified occupational therapy advisor once per semester to ensure that the student maintains the requirements of the Early Assurance Program.
  • Have all traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program prerequisites completed by the end of senior year.
  • Complete and submit the intent to enroll application and the occupational therapy advisor verification of status during the application cycle prior to their intended start date.
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Bachelor Degree Holding Students

Students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and are seeking admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program must apply to the University of Findlay through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) through our apply now page.


Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking admission into the traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program must first apply online to the University of Findlay using the transfer application. Once accepted to the University of Findlay, you will be considered a traditional student and follow the application process listed above. It is suggested tha t you apply to the University of Findlay (fill out the undergraduate transfer application), send official transcripts to the undergraduate admissions office to be evaluated, and then call to set up an appointment to meet with an occupational therapy advisor to discuss the different options available.

 

Accreditation Status

The University of Findlay’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Candidacy​ Status and has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

For more information about the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, please contact Amy Yeater at 419-434-6936 or [email protected] or request more information below.

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