Admission Requirements

Occupational Therapy's UA UAMS double logoNow accepting applications for a spring 2022 start date

The department's Technical Standards for Program Admission and Continued Enrollment (PDF) has key information.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited program by Dec. 23, 2021, with both an overall grade-point average and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better to begin studies.
  • Completion of specified prerequisite courses with an earned grade of C or better for each course. (All prerequisites are at least 3 credits each.)
    • Conditional acceptance may be given for qualified students with outstanding prerequisites. Regardless of graduation date, conditionally accepted applicants must complete all prerequisite courses with a C or better before Aug. 31, 2021. It is the student's responsibility to provide official documentation of satisfactory course completion by Oct. 1, 2021. Students who have not completed all requirements or have not submitted documentation by the deadline must reapply for the next cohort to be considered for admission the following year.
    • Prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to the application to the program. The only potential exceptions are for those who work in fields focused on a specific area and who have taken the coursework in the past. For example, mental health professionals may not have to retake abnormal psychology.
    • During the Rolling Admissions Cycle, only applicants with 0-1 prerequisite courses remaining will be considered before Jan. 30, 2021 — early admission. Starting February 2021, applicants with up to three outstanding prerequisites will be considered. Applicants are only considered eligible for consideration if their prerequisite and last 60 / cumulative GPA are 3.0 or higher. Once we have filled our cohort, we may close our Occupational Therapy Central Application System portal. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
  • International applicants must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 
  • 25 hours of documented volunteering/shadowing/service learning with an occupational therapy professional in at least three different settings, with at least two different populations, e.g., children and adults. The required cover sheet may be accessed here.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address potential for graduate education (includes current or former professors, academic administrators, advisors, and mentors who are not relatives of the applicant.)
  • Written personal statement.
  • Eligible applicants will be required to complete a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), the HSRT and the CASPer Assessments (additional cost) and a scholarly writing activity.
  • The GRE is NOT required or considered for OTD applicants.

If invited to join the upcoming OTD class:

  • You will be required to apply and be accepted to the University of Arkansas Graduate School. Additional fees may apply. Please note that application to the Graduate School will not be considered unless invited to apply by the OTD Program Director or her designee.
  • Students will be required to purchase a new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for use in all program courses. Do not purchase until the program instructs you to do so to ensure correct model is purchased. Students are eligible for education discounts.
  • Students may be given instruction on completion of additional requirements prior to program start.

Program Details

  • Program Name: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy — Start Date Spring 2022
  • Level: Entry Level Doctorate
  • Start Year: 2022
  • Start Term: Spring
  • City: Fayetteville
  • State: Arkansas
  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Track
  • Deadline: Rolling

Prerequisites

  1. Title: Abnormal Psychology
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: No substitutions for this course
  2. Title: Neuroscience of Behavior
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: Also accepted: Brain and Behavior, Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience or Neurophysiology or Neuropsychology or Neurobiology, Physiological Psychology. Note: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology do not meet this requirement.
  3. Title: Human Anatomy with Lab
    Minimum C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: If anatomy and physiology are offered together as one course, then two semesters must be taken (example: Anatomy and Physiology I &II). There must be a lab component reflected.
  4. Title: Terminology for Health Professions
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: Please note that this course must be 3 credits to meet the prerequisite requirement. If you completed a medical terminology course with fewer credit hours, you will need to repeat the course at the three credit level.
  5. Title: Human Physiology with Lab
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: If anatomy and physiology are offered together as one course, then two semesters must be taken (example: Anatomy and Physiology I &II). There must be a lab component reflected.
  6. Title: Statistics
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: Any undergraduate statistics course (examples: psychological statistics, educational statistics, statistics in nursing, statistics in healthcare, business statistics, scientific statistics, etc. are accepted.)
  7. Title: Technical or Research Writing (OPTIONAL for 2022 REQUIRED for 2023)
    Minimum Grade: C or above
    Minimum Credits: 3
    Description: This course is optional for students starting in 2022 and required for students starting in 2023. Graduate level writing skills are expected throughout the program starting in the first semester.