Touro University Nevada School of Occupational Therapy currently offers only an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is no longer accepting new students.
ACOTE has mandated that by 2027 all OT programs will be entry-level doctoral programs. Pending approval of ACOTE accreditation for the Touro OTD program, starting the Fall of 2019, Touro will transition to only offering the entry-level doctoral degree.
To be considered for acceptance in the Occupational Therapy degree programs, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
- Submitted a completed and verified application through OTCAS.
- Obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.
- Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completed the following coursework and earned a C or better prior to applying:
-6 semester credits of English/Communication (technical and professional writing strongly encouraged)
-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)
-8 semester credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology (only 4 credits can be taken online)
-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) *Starting with the 2018-19 application cycle, Developmental Psychology will no longer satisfy this requirement.
-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)
- 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.
- Natural Science and Anatomy/Physiology courses (11 credits) must have been completed within 5 years of matriculation into the program.
- Have basic computer literacy and be able to use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software.
- Knowledge of American Psychological Association (APA) writing style.
- 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 performed a minimum 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, camp counselor with special populations). Hours must be logged on the OT Student Experience Documentation Form.
- Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
- Must meet the OT 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To help in learning about the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to read the TUN Occupational Therapy Frequently Asked Questions 2018-2019.
Visit the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program page for more information.
How to Apply
- Submit the primary application through the Occupational Therapy National Centralized Application System. Direct applications are not accepted. Please reference OTCAS for specific date.
- The deadline for the 2018 OTCAS application February 18, 2019. The deadline for the supplemental application is March 1, 2019.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply at least four weeks in advance prior to any of the deadlines. Please keep in mind the early applicants will receive priority selection for interviews.
- After being invited, submit the secondary application.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. Applicants can pay online with a credit card. If you were not invited to submit this application, your application fee will not be refunded.
- Submit OT Student Experience Documentation Form for work shadowing and volunteering hours.
- Sign and submit the OT 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 email the Admissions Office or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.
After review of your OTCAS application, eligible candidates will be invited by the Admissions Committee to:
- Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be invited for a personal campus interview.
- Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
- Interviews will begin in November and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled.
- There will be 36 students admitted for the July 2018 cohort.
- 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 seats are filled. Once the seats are filled and the wait-list 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 that are received each year. To receive the best consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
- Candidates who are successfully admitted must:
- Submit the $500 deposit by the required date.
- Submit all official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (includes undergraduate and graduate level coursework). Foreign graduates must have their transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (www.wes.org) in order to determine the United States educational credit or equivalency.
- 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.
Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.
Effective July 1, 2015, upon acceptance to Touro University Nevada’s Occupational Therapy program, all deposits made to secure a position in the class are non-refundable.