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 remotely but you can now communicate with us through Zoom Video conferencing.
You are encouraged to email your Program Manager if you’d like to schedule a Zoom appointment. The Program Manager will schedule the Zoom meeting during regular office hours and provide you a password. To schedule, please contact Shannon at email@example.com.
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:
- 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 or Research Methods
- Intro courses will satisfy this requirement.
- 8 semester credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab*
- Only 4 credits can be taken online.
- Online/hybrid courses are not recommended and courses must be within five (5) calendar years from matriculation.
- 3 semester credits of Natural Science*
- Physics, kinesiology, biology, chemistry
- Must be within five (5) calendar years from matriculation.
- 3 semester credits of Human Development or Lifespan
- Must cover human development from birth to death with cognitive, physical, and social/psychosocial components
- 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 college advisor
- One letter must be from a practicing occupational therapist or professional supervisor
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 2021-2022 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 not required for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
- 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.
Touro Nevada recognizes this may be a stressful time for prospective students. You may be facing challenges such as not being able to take courses in-person or taking standardized tests as scheduled, which makes it hard to meet admission requirements. We are closely monitoring these issues and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager, Shannon McDowell, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your continued interest. 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
No, 40 hours of observation/volunteer work with 20 hours signed and under the supervision of a current licensed OT are still required. If the applicant does not have these hours completed at the time of application, their application will be placed on hold until the signed documentation is submitted. Observation hours may be completed via Telehealth during the pandemic.
To assist with the completion of these required hours, Touro Nevada will now accept The Quinnipiac University Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience modules. Please contact the OTD Admissions Program Manager for the login credentials to complete these modules and to receive the required prompts for essay completion.
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, will be closely monitored and will maintain their conditional acceptance status until the document(s) is received.
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.
- 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.
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 2021-2022 application cycle.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.
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Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.