OT Application and Requirements

Start your career in occupational therapy with an entry-level doctoral degree. Review the admission requirements and application process thoroughly to help ensure your application is complete and processed quickly.

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Communication with the School

We are working on campus and remotely.  You can now communicate with us conveniently through Zoom video conferencing and on-campus by appointment.  We also offer information sessions and events throughout the year.

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You are encouraged to email your Program Manager to schedule a Zoom appointment or an in-person meeting.   To schedule, please contact Shannon at shannon1.mcdowell@touro.edu.

Admission Requirements

View the specific educational standards and personal qualifications you’ll need for consideration of your application.

Submitted a completed and verified application through Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.  Applicants may have up to three prerequisites in progress at the time of application. 

Completed the following coursework with a grade of C or better prior to applying:

  • Writing/Composition – 3 credits 
    • Composition, Technical Writing, Academic Writing, Scientific Writing, Professional Writing, Critical Thinking, and Writing courses are recommended
    • Creative Writing or Literature will not satisfy this requirement
    • Verbal GRE score >70 percentile or higher or a score of ‘3’ on analytical GRE would satisfy the writing prerequisite (The GRE is not required, but if taken could fulfill this writing requirement)
  • Humanities – 3 credits 
    • Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion, Fine Arts, Logic, Ethics, Foreign Language, Cultural Studies and/or group dynamics are included within this category
  • Applied Statistics or Research Methods – 3 credits  
    • Must cover Research Qualitative, Quantitative, Methodology, Correlation
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab – 6 credits
    • Must include at least 1 lab
    • Must be completed within 5 calendar years of matriculation into the OTD program
  • Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology - 1 credit
  • Psychology – 6 credits
    • 3 credits General Psychology 
    • 3 credits Developmental Psychology
      • These credits do not include or count toward the Abnormal Psychology requirement.

Obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.

Must submit two letters of recommendation:

  • One letter must be a licensed Occupational Therapist, professional supervisor, or college professor and,
  • One letter must be a character reference (cannot be related to applicant)

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommenders on letterhead and must include contact information.

The letters of recommendation must be submitted via OTCAS.

Have basic computer literacy and be able to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software.

Observation hours are waived for the 2022-2023 application cycle.  Although not required, if you have completed observation hours and wish to upload them into OTCAS, please do so.  You may use the OTD Student Experience Documentation Form to submit the optional observation hours.  

  • Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
  • Observation hours are waived for the 2022-2023 application cycles. 
    • Signed documentation may be logged on the TUN OTD Student Experience Documentation Form or on a form provided by your facility.  You may use this documentation form if you have hours completed, though not required.
  • Must meet the OTD Technical Standards, which includes the physical abilities necessary to perform as an occupational therapist.
  • The OTD program does not accept transfer students or transfer credits.

COVID-19 FAQs

Touro Nevada recognizes the application process may be a stressful time for prospective students. We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager if you have any additional questions. Stay safe!

All Pass/Fail inquiries will be determined on a case-by-case basis

All on-ground-to-online courses will be approved/denied on a case-by-case basis

Yes, for the 2022-2023 application cycle, observation hours are being waived. 

All final transcripts and conferred degree must be received to meet admission requirements. All incoming students who do not have final transcripts and conferred degree submitted prior to acceptance because of a delay because of a school closure due to COVID-19, will be closely monitored and will maintain their conditional acceptance status until the document(s) is received.

Deadlines

Important deadlines in your application process.

May 1
OTCAS Application Due
May 15
Secondary Application Due
4 Weeks
Submit Prior to Deadline for Best Consideration

How to Apply

If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.

  1. Submit the primary application through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application System (OTCAS)
    1. Direct applications are not accepted.
      • When prompted, designate Touro University Nevada on your application to ensure your application is received.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (includes undergraduate and graduate-level coursework). All foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org).
  3. Submit the secondary application through the link provided in your email invitation. The application fee of $75 is currently WAIVED. NOTE - do not submit the secondary application unless invited.
  4. Sign and submit the OTD Technical Standards for the Occupational Therapy Program as part of the secondary application.

Mail all supporting documents to:

Touro University Nevada
Office of Admissions
Attn: Occupational Therapy Program
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

Applicants can contact the Office of Admissions at (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.

Additional Information

Upon receipt of required documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine whether you will be invited for an interview.  Due to COVID-19, only virtual interviews will be conducted throughout the 2022-2023 application cycle. Subject to change.

If you’re selected for an interview, you will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. Interviews will begin in November and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled.

Next Steps

If you are successfully admitted, you are required to:

  1. Submit the $500 deposit by the required date.
  2. Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
  3. Pass a Level I criminal background check.
    • Students are notified upon matriculation that previous felony convictions may impact their ability to become nationally certified and/or licensed as occupational therapy practitioner.  The School of Occupational Therapy adheres to the stipulations and guidelines of the Criminal Background Check Policy available through the University catalog. 
  4. Provide proof of health insurance coverage.

Failure to comply with the above requirements by the date stated in your admissions invitation letter will result in revocation of the admission invitation.

OTD Common Questions

You will find answers to some of the most common questions about the program. For answers to common questions on the general application process, please visit Admissions & Aid.

Touro Nevada is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University System (WSCUS) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is 36 months.

Campus interviews are conducted from September through May. However, be advised that, due to the high number of applicants, we utilize rolling admissions. It is possible that all interview slots will be filled prior to the OTCAS deadline. Interviews are based on rolling admissions and may be canceled as needed.

Yes, the application process is on a rolling basis.

  • Rolling admissions signifies that applications are reviewed as they arrive through the Centralized Application System and/or Touro University Nevada admissions application.
  • The committee review selection begins after applications are verified and will continue until all the accepted seats are filled.
  • Once the available positions are filled and the waitlist is maximized, the application review will end for the cycle. This may take place well before the stated deadline(s) due to the volume of applications.

No, at this time Touro University Nevada’s OTD program does not require a GRE to be taken for admission.

No, the School of Occupational Therapy does not accept AP placement scores, experimental learning, or transfer credits. 

Questions? Contact Us

Shannon McDowell

Shannon McDowell

Admissions

Sr. Admissions and Recruitment Program Manager & Chair, Mid-Level Professionals Group

shannon1.mcdowell@touro.edu
(702) 777-3997

Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.