Admission to OTD Program

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The OTCAS  applications for the OTD Program will be available August 28, 2017. The UF Office of Admissions application will be available by September 25, 2017.  Please check back for updated information.
The University of Florida’s OTD Program is currently participating in the accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Read more about this process.

Eligibility

You may apply to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program if:

  • you have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, OR
  • you will graduate with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission to the OTD program (if accepted).

A successful application should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A minimum combined score of 300 on the GRE (verbal and math) is highly recommended. Minimum scores of 152 (math) and 151 (verbal) are recommended with a minimum combined score of 300.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for upper division (junior and senior level) undergraduate college coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale) for all prerequisite courses. No grade lower than a C.

Note: Applicants should be aware that a felony conviction might affect their ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure. For more information, contact the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the state licensure board in the state you wish to practice.

Admission Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 15th: Fall semester start

Applicants must meet the criteria for admission. They also must demonstrate a commitment to professional program study, complete all the prerequisite courses and meet other program specific admission criteria.

You will need to complete two applications:

  1. one to the University of Florida Office of Admissions
  2. one to the Department of Occupational Therapy via OTCAS

Online University Admission

Apply to the University of Florida Office of Admissions online. Your application must be complete, transcripts received, and application fee paid to the Office of Admissions before you can be admitted.

The application for the Office of Admissions application will be available on September 25, 2017 and the OTCAS application will be available on August 28, 2017.

Transcripts

The Office of Admissions must receive official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you attended. Former UF students do not need to request UF transcripts for the Office of Admissions.

International Students

Students who have graduated from non-US universities or colleges, must submit acceptable evidence of US degree equivalency. Applicants must have transcripts evaluated and translated by an education evaluation service. Please see the Foreign Evaluations section in OTCAS for instructions and services. International Students must also report TOEFL scores in OTCAS. A minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required.

More information for international students can be found at http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/apply/international/.

Department OTD Program Admission via OTCAS

The UF OTD program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  Help using OTCAS can be found on their Instructions and FAQ page.

You will need to create your own OTCAS account.

OTCAS Contact Info

Phone:617-612-2860
Email:otcasinfo@otcas.org
Website:https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Where to Send Your Application

OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts by the application deadline. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to the University of Florida. Please note that UF cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.

Transcripts

OTCAS Instructions: Transcript Entry

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

Test Scores

OTCAS Instructions: Standardized Tests

Official GRE test scores must be reported to OTCAS directly by the Educational Testing Service. The code for University of Florida-OTCAS is 2317.

Recommendations

OTCAS Instructions: Evaluations (Letters of Recommendation)

The department will access your recommendations through OTCAS. Applicants must submit three (3) recommendations. One (1) of the recommendations must be from a professional level OT. The other two (2) should be from professionals, such as a present or former faculty member, academic advisor, or employer. Names and addresses do not need to be entered on the University Office of Admissions online application, but must be provided to the appropriate section of the OTCAS application.

Please note:  OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.

Personal Statement/Letter of Intent

OTCAS Instructions: Documents (Personal Statement)

The department will access your personal statement through OTCAS.

Observation Hours

OTCAS Instructions: Observation Hours

All applicants are required to complete a total of 30 hours of observational hours in at least two (2) diverse OT settings. Diverse settings are settings that service clientele are significantly different; inpatient, outpatient, long term care, school-based, elders, pediatrics, orthopedics, rehabilitation, etc. Observation experiences are documented through the appropriate section of the OTCAS application.

Computer Requirements

According to the University’s Student Computing Requirements policy, all UF students must have access to a computer that allows them to complete all coursework and general curriculum requirements.  Students are responsible for knowing how to operate the computer systems and the software packages required, including the Canvas online course management system (UF e-Learning). Applicants should review the OTD Program Computer Requirements and Competency information prior to applying to the program.