Admission Application Deadlines
BHS Program Application: Applicants must complete an online application to the UF Office of Admissions, Bachelor of Health Science. Applications to the BHS program are due February 1st.
BHS-OTD Combined Program Admission: The supplemental application (below) to the Combined Program (BHS-OTD) is due May 15th. The Combined Program has a Fall semester start.
Combined Program Admission via OTCAS
The UF Occupational Therapy Combined Program (BHS-OTD) uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Help using OTCAS can be found on their Applicant Help Center.
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.
- For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service, contact info above.
- For other questions, please contact the University of Florida OT Department.
Transfer students will receive a UF ID after completing the UF application. Current UF students will already have a UF ID. This UF ID must be submitted to OTCAS with your application. You can find your UF ID by checking your application status: https://admissions.ufl.edu/appstatus.
Transcripts for all schools attended, including high school dual enrollment, must be sent to OTCAS:
OTCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
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.
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 and Resume
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 to OTCAS. You may submit the UF OTD Observation Hours Form (click the link above), a form from another program, or a signed letter from a supervisor documenting your hours.
Include all academic, service, leadership, employment, and/or research activities on your resume. Upload to OTCAS.
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.