​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.​

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 access our Transferology Guide for ​instructions.​​

  • MATH 221, Integrated Statistical Analysis
    or MATH 223, Applied Statistics & Data Analysis
    or BSLA 314: Applied Statistics​​
  • ​BIOL 201/201L: Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, lecture, and lab
    BIOL 222/222L: Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professions I, 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
    PHYS 250/250/L General Physics I with Lab
  • SOCI 105: Introduction to Sociology
  • Minimum overall 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. If applicants are unable to schedule in-person observation due to COVID-19 restrictions, alternate options will be provided to those accepted into the program. An optional observation hours form is 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 a review of the student's entire record.

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

First-Time Freshmen

Application to the 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 exercise science, intervention specialistpsychology or social work, as they have​ 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 1200​​ 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 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.


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 n​ow page.

Transfer Students​

Transfer students seeking admission into the​ Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program must first app​ly 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 that 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 Accreditation with Conditions with a 7 year review cycle by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

Accreditation with Conditions granted following an initial on-site evaluation: The accreditation review process confirms that the program is in substantial compliance with the ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Doctoral-Degree-Level. A program in substantial compliance with the Standards may have areas of concern with one or more specific Standards that are believed to be readily correctable with appropriate evidence provided within 60 days of ACOTE action or a monitoring report due within one year. Once the areas of concern are corrected, the accreditation status will be changed to Accreditation. At the time of ACOTE action to grant Accreditation or Accreditation with Conditions, ACOTE awards an accreditation period based on the following criteria: 5-year review cycles are the standard number of years for initial accreditation; and 7-year review cycles are granted to those programs that have no areas of noncompliance and have demonstrated exceptional educational quality.

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, all 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.

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