Occupational Therapy (OTD) – Entry-Level
Applicants who wish to enter the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate in summer
2024 must apply between July 21 and October 1, 2023 by submitting an application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service
(OTCAS). Official transcripts must be verified in OTCAS by November 1, 2023.
- No GRE scores are required.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university earned no
later than May 31, 2024.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 (on a 4-point scale) is required for admission. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities
attended are required. GPA calculations are based on the last 60 units of the degree. Post-baccalaureate
coursework is eligible when taken at the 300 or 400 level or graduate level. See graduate admission policies for more information and exceptions.
- Eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program. Five of the eight must be completed at the time of application. One of the five must be Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Human Anatomy and Physiology
II. Any prerequisites incomplete at the time of application (up to 3) must be completed
before starting the program:
- Psychopathology OR Abnormal Psychology
- Lifespan Human Growth and Development
- Basic Statistics
- Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- Medical Terminology
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I (within 5 years)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II (within 5 years)
- Physics I (must include mechanics, heat, energy, and light)
- Top candidates will be invited to participate in our interview process and apply to Towson University Graduate Admissions.
Interviews are conducted virtually in a group format and typically occur in early
Submit an application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) along with the following:
- Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts to OTCAS
- Prerequisite Worksheet: Entry-Level OT Graduate Program Prerequisite Worksheet (DOCX) Submit the prerequisite worksheet with your OTCAS application.
- References: Three references are required. One must be a professional reference (any person with
whom you have interacted where professional expectations existed). The remaining two
may be professional or academic. No personal references are accepted. You must enter
each reference’s information into the “evaluation” system within the OTCAS application.
Each reference must rate you in at least six of the competencies. It is your responsibility
to ensure your references understand this expectation.
- Personal Statement: We invite you to share how your lived experiences (e.g. personal, professional, cultural)
have influenced your interest in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. Only essays
uploaded in the "TU Document" section of the OTCAS application will be included in
Personal Statement Guidelines:
- Draw on what you have learned through observations, experiences, and other preparatory
- Limit your personal statement to 500 words or less.
- Present an original piece of writing that demonstrates high-quality academic writing
skills; while you may request feedback on the quality of your personal statement,
no other person should directly edit or write any portion of it.
- Capstone Focus Statement: Please use our ELOTD Capstone Focus Statement guidelines (PDF) to prepare a short focus statement that demonstrates your understanding of the additional,
largely self-driven elements of TU’s clinical doctorate in occupational therapy and
why you desire to earn one. You will submit your focus statement in the Questions
section of your OTCAS application.
- Resume: Relevant work history and leadership experience will be considered in the selection
process. Applicants may be asked for permission to contact current or prior employers.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority
of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply
as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency,
please see admission requirements for international students.
Our admissions committee uses the combined results of the interview and OTCAS application
materials to make final admission decisions. Meeting all criteria does not guarantee
admission to our programs: approximately 20-30 individuals are admitted to our ELOTD
All offers of admission require the return of an intent statement by a specified deadline.
If you are offered a position and fail to return the intent statement by the deadline,
your offer of admission will be revoked.
If we are unable to initially offer you a position in the program(s) to which you
have applied, we may offer you a position on the waitlist for said program(s). All
waitlist offers require the return of an intent statement by a specified deadline.
If you are offered a waitlist position and fail to return the intent statement by
the deadline, your offer will be revoked.
We maintain our waitlist until approximately 1 week prior to the program starting,
and we make every effort to enter the first term with a full cohort.
Deferral of Acceptance
Deferral of admission offers are not permitted at this time. If you are unable to
accept an offer of admission, you must reapply if you wish to be considered in a future
If you have questions, please contact:
Briana Rostkowski, M.S.
Admissions & Clinical Placement Coordinator