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.
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.
Completed the following coursework with a grade of C or better prior to applying:
- 6 semester credits of English/Communication
- Technical and professional writing are strongly encouraged.
- PLEASE NOTE: In the 2020-2021 application cycle, this requirement will change to 6 semester credits of Writing/Composition.
- Composition, Technical Writing, Academic Writing, Scientific Writing, Professional Writing, Critical Thinking and Writing courses are strongly encouraged.
- 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 writing prerequisite
- 6 semester credits of Humanities
- Anthropology, philosophy, religion, fine arts, logic, ethics, foreign language, cultural studies and/or group dynamics.
- 3 semester credits of Statistics
- Course must cover research qualitative, quantitative, methodology, correlation.
- PLEASE NOTE: In the 2020-2021 applicatin cycle, intro courses will no longer satisfy this requirement.
- 8 semester credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology w/labs*
- Only 4 credits can be taken online.
- PLEASE NOTE: In the 2020-2021 application cycle, this requirement will not allow online/hybrid courses to count toward the requirement.
- 3 semester credits of Natural Science*
- Physics, kinesiology, biology, chemistry
- 3 semester credits of Human Development or Lifespan
- Must cover human development from birth to death with cognitive, physical, and social/psychosocial components
- Developmental Psychology will no longer satisfy this requirement.
- PLEASE NOTE: In the 2020-2021 application cycle, completing BOTH a child development and a gerontology/aging course would suffice as the (1) 3-credit prerequisite (in addition to additional Psychology requirements).
- Also, Developmental Psychology and Motor Development Across the Lifespan will no longer satisfy this requirement. Additional documentation will be required.
- 3 semester credits of Abnormal Psychology
- 6 semester credits of Psychology
- Preferred courses are developmental or cognitive psych, behavioral psych and/or theories of personality.
*=Natural Science courses (3 credits) must have been completed within 5 calendar years of matriculation into the program.
*=Anatomy/Physiology courses (8 credits) must have been completed within 5 calendar years of matriculation into the program.
Any prerequisite coursework that does not meet the above standard is brought before the Program Director and faculty for approval.
- Additional documentation may be required to verify prerequisite coursework including the course syllabus.
Obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.
Submit two letters of recommendation:
- One letter must be from a professor or supervisor.
- One letter must be from a practicing occupational therapist.
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.
Must have 40 hours of volunteer or work shadowing.
- Have performed a minimum of 20 hours of work shadowing or volunteering alongside an occupational therapist.
- Additional 20 hours in a client-based setting as a volunteer or employee with or without an occupational therapist (e.g., special education classroom, adult day care center, a camp counselor with special populations).
- Hours must be logged on the OTD Student Experience Documentation Form.
- Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
- Must meet the OTD Technical Standards, which includes the physical abilities necessary to perform as an occupational therapist.
- The OT program does not accept transfer students or transfer credits.
Important deadlines in your application process.
How to Apply
If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.
- Submit the primary application through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application System (OTCAS).
- Direct applications are not accepted.
- When prompted, designate Touro University Nevada on your application to ensure your application is received.
- Direct applications are not accepted.
- Submit the secondary application through the link provided in your email invitation. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. NOTE - do not submit the secondary application unless invited.
- Submit OTD Student Experience Documentation Form for work shadowing and volunteering hours.
- Sign and submit the OTD Technical Standards for the Occupational Therapy Program.
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.
Upon receipt of required documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine whether you will be invited for a personal campus interview.
If you’re selected for an on-campus 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.
- You will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
- There 36 students admitted each year into the OTD program.
If you are successfully admitted, you are required to:
- Submit the $500 deposit by the required date.
- 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).
- Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
- Pass a Level I criminal background check.
- Applicants to the School of Occupational Therapy should be aware that any felony convictions may impact the graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing.
- 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.
Yes, every academic year admission requirements are updated to best prepare our applicants and incoming students for the rigor of the OTD program. In the upcoming 2020-2021 application cycle, the prerequisites have been updated to include: replacing general English courses with writing and composition courses; intro stats courses will no longer satisfy the applied stats or research methodology requirement; and the Admissions Committee strongly recommends that applicants take all 8 credits of their Anatomy & Physiology courses in person rather than online.
For more information on admission requirements, please visit our OT Application and Requirements page.
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 November through February. 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.
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Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.