Admission to Accelerated Program (BHS-OTD)

Please read all instructions carefully.


You may apply to the Occupational Therapy Accelerated Program (BHS-OTD) if you have been accepted into the Bachelor of Health Science Program.

A competitive application should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) for lower division (freshman and sophomore level) undergraduate college coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) for all prerequisite courses. No grade lower than a C.

Admission Application Deadline

Applications to the BHS program are due February 1st. The supplemental application to the Accelerated Program (BHS-OTD) is due May 15th.  The Accelerated Program has a Fall semester start. 

Accelerated Program Admission via OTCAS

The UF Occupational Therapy Accelerated Program (BHS-OTD) uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  Help using OTCAS can be found on their Applicant Help Center.

You will need to create your own OTCAS account.

OTCAS Contact Info


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.


OTCAS Instructions: Transcript Entry

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:

OTCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9120

Watertown, MA 02471


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 who is currently practicing. The other two (2) should be from professionals, such as a present or former faculty member, academic advisor, or employer. Names and addresses 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

OTCAS Instructions: Documents (Personal Statement)

Applicants must submit a personal statement that addresses why they selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to their immediate and long-term professional goals. They must describe how their personal, educational, and professional background will help achieve their goals. The department will access your personal statement through OTCAS. The personal statement is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity to clearly and effectively express your ideas.

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. Upload documentation verifying your observation hours (ex: signed letter from a supervisor, signed form or log from an observation site or required by another program).