Beginning July 18, 2019, all applicants should complete the OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service) application and read the instructions.
Admissions requirements include the following:
1. Applicants must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree preferably in the natural or behavioral sciences, including the following prerequisites:
- Anatomy & Physiology: two semesters of lecture and laboratory (in-class only)
- Biomechanics/ Kinesiology or Physics: lecture with laboratory (in-class only)
- Statistics: one course
- Intro to Psychology
- Life Span Human Development of Developmental Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Sociology or Anthropology: one course in either area
- Research Methods: an undergraduate introductory or intermediate research course.
- Medical Terminology: either in-class or online format
All prerequisite courses must have been taken within the last 10 years and completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. MINIMUM GPA REQUIREMENTS: 3.0 for cumulative GPA/3.0 for prerequisite GPA/3.0 for natural & behavioral science coursework.
2. Clinical shadowing/volunteering: 20-hour minimum supervised by an occupational therapy practitioner (OT or OTA) and verified by OTCAS
3. Three letters of reference: Letter should be from a current or former instructor, current or former employer, and a third professional reference. References from neighbors and family members are discouraged. Professional references may include professors, employers, and volunteer supervisors.
4. No advanced standing. Credits earned in a previously attended graduate occupational therapy program will not be eligible for transfer credit into the SRU OTD program. No credit given for experiential learning.
Additional Admissions Requirements
- Must be able to meet occupational therapy student technical standards
- Must have method of transportation for both academic and fieldwork experiences
- Conviction of misdemeanor, felony or felonious or illegal act may prevent the student from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in field of occupational therapy
- Students are required to carry and pay for their own health insurance and liability insurance with proof required
*At this time, Slippery Rock University's F-1 Program is unable to issue the appropriate non-immigrant documents to support enrollment in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Until the institution receives approval from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), we do not recommend that international students that wish to reside in the United States on an F-1 student visa apply for this program. We apologize for the inconvenience and are actively working to add these programs. Should you have questions regarding the timeline for the approval process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students must complete Level II fieldwork (OCTH 810 & OCTH 815) and doctoral experiential requirements (OCTH 820) within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.