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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Online

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Admission Requirements

  1. A master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have graduated from a non-U.S. college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency and must have foreign transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service specializing in foreign transcript evaluation. The evaluation must state that the transcript(s) reflect equivalency of a U.S. degree.
  2. Initial certification as an occupational therapist from NBCOT. International applicants are eligible to apply but must show proof of certification or eligibility to practice as an occupational therapist that is equivalent to OT certification and licensure in the United States and have earned an OT degree from an OT program recognized by WFOT.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework and degrees completed; minimum Occupational Therapy Program GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale.)
  4. An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. A letter of intent providing a description of why the ATSU-ASHS OTD program was chosen by the applicant and how the program aligns with the applicant’s intended career goals. The letter of intent should be a minimum of two pages and maximum of four pages in length and preferably will include a one-paragraph description of a prevention/health promotion program the applicant might be interested in developing for a particular population.
  6. Two letters of reference – one from someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to be successful in doctoral level academic work (i.e. a former faculty member, academic adviser, or employer) and a second one from a reference who can attest to the quality of applicant’s professional work as an occupational therapist.
  7. Interview (conducted via phone, SKYPE, or in-person, based upon applicant preference) to identify the goodness of fit of the program for the applicant.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite coursework prior to program matriculation.
  9. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
  10. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to ATSU-ASHS. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following two options. Option 1: English is your first language. Option 2: Submission of acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Acceptable minimal scores for ATSU-ASHS applications are: paper-based total score = 550 (minimum of 57 on reading skills section; minimum of 61 on writing skills section); computer-based total score = 213 (minimum of 22 on reading skills section; minimum of 26 on writing skills section); Internet-based total score = 80 (minimum of 22 on reading skills section; minimum of 24 on writing skills section).

Pre-requisites and admission requirements for the OTD program

Pre-requisite coursework

  1. Completion of an entry-level OT program with National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification (or completion of World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) recognized OT program (at the time of graduation) and international equivalent of NBCOT certification and/or licensure to practice OT)
  2. Master’s degree or higher (or international equivalent)
  3. For applicants graduating from master’s programs other than the ATSU-ASHS OT or AMOT programs, completion of the following graduate-level courses (or the equivalent) with a grade of B (3.00) or better on a 4.00 scale:
    • Evidence-based practice (minimum of 3 quarter credit hours; e.g. OT 811)
    • Research designs & methods (minimum of 3 quarter credit hours; e.g. OT 807 or HS 522)
    • Statistics (minimum of 3 quarter credit hours; e.g. OT 808 or HS 532)

OTD program academic standards, progression, and requirements to graduate:

  1. Maintain a quarterly GPA of 3.00 or better and overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher to graduate
  2. Completion of a professional portfolio that provides evidence of development of OTD program competencies
  3. Completion and defense of a doctoral project with final approval of OTD Project Committee and program director

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