Frequently Asked Questions: OTD FAQ

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Is the UF OTD program accredited?

Aug 17th, 2017

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 […]

I have previously submitted all of my transcripts to OTCAS, so do I also have to submit them to the University of Florida’s Office of Admissions?

Jul 12th, 2017

You must submit official transcripts to both OTCAS and the University of Florida Admissions Office.  The address of the Admissions Office is found in the footer at the bottom of […]

What course can I take to meet the oral communications prerequisite requirement?

Jul 12th, 2017

Please see the note on our Required Prerequisites page.  There are several suggestions for appropriate courses.  The intent of this course requirement is that the student will give multiple individual […]

Where can I complete the prerequisite courses required for the OTD program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Prerequisite courses can be completed at any accredited college or university.  This includes community colleges.

Do I have to complete all of the admission requirements at the time I apply?

Jul 12th, 2017

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the time you enroll in the program. However, the Admission Committee must have enough information about your performance in these courses to predict […]

How old can the prerequisite courses be?

Jul 12th, 2017

Prerequisite courses to be less than 7 years old. The UF OTD Admissions Committee prefers that Anatomy, Physiology, Statistics, and Abnormal Psychology be less than 5 years old from the […]

What housing options are available for students?

Jul 12th, 2017

UF Graduate and Family Housing Website: http://www.housing.ufl.edu/gfh/choices/ The Department of Housing and Residence Education features five different apartment complexes known as villages that are available to all Graduate and Professional […]

What is Occupational Therapy and how do I find out more about the profession of Occupational Therapy?

Jul 12th, 2017

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the skills necessary for independent and satisfying lives. […]

What is the job outlook for graduates from the OTD program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Occupational Therapy was listed in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Best Careers. The job outlook was listed as excellent. For more information see the […]

I am interested in applying to the OTD program at the University of Florida. What should I do first?

Jul 12th, 2017

Look over this website to get an idea of our educational philosophy and the course work that you will study once in the program. You can also find admission requirements […]

Is a Bachelor’s degree required for admission to the OTD program? What should I take as an undergraduate major?

Jul 12th, 2017

Yes, an undergraduate or BS degree is required. Though many students will complete this college’s Health Science degree and the pre-OT track, you can enter the OTD program with an […]

I have an AA degree from a Florida community college, what is the best major at UF to enter to qualify for the OTD program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Many students who will enter the OTD program have completed the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Bachelor of Health Science degree and the pre-OT track.

Is the GRE required to apply to the program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Yes. For applicants submitting scores from the new version of the GRE, minimum scores of 141 (math) and 150 (verbal) are recommended with a minimum combined score of 300. For […]

How do I find out what pre-requisites are needed to apply to the program?

Jul 12th, 2017

View the required prerequisite table for more information.

What are the admission deadlines? When do classes start?

Jul 12th, 2017

Check OTCAS after July 19th for an updated version of the UF OTD application. The application deadline is February 15th and OTD classes begin Fall semester.

What types of clinical experiences are needed to apply to the program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Thirty (30) hours of observation in at least two diverse OT settings are required for application. Search for facilities online and contact the facility directly for permission to observe. Students […]

Does the OTD program have specific forms for recommendations and to log observation hours?

Jul 12th, 2017

No, recommendations and observation hours are documented through the OTCAS portal. See the OTCAS website for more information.

When does the OTD program begin?

Jul 12th, 2017

Classes begin in the fall semester in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy.

Can I substitute course work from other universities or programs for the OTD course work?

Jul 12th, 2017

Students may transfer a limited number of upper division courses into the program. Students wishing to do so will be asked to submit a full course syllabi for each course […]

What are the tuition and fees for the OTD program?

Jul 12th, 2017

Tuition for the OTD is the same as graduate tuition rates.View the in-state and out-of-state graduate tuition costs per credit hour.  View the annual cost estimates for graduate students.