Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level)

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Occupational therapists help people engage in activities that give their lives meaning. As an occupational therapist, you will be a health care provider who asks your clients “what matters to you?” and then designs solutions to help them succeed.

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree educates professional occupational therapists by providing them with a strong foundation of knowledge, encouraging active learning and critical reflection, and fostering integrity and compassion. Our program will prepare you to:

  1. Enter the field ready to practice with confidence, creativity and caring.
  2. Continue on a path of scholarly inquiry as you practice the art and science of occupational therapy.
  3. Practice according to ethical principles that benefit clients individually as well as society as a whole.
  4. Provide leadership within the profession of occupational therapy.
  5. Contribute to health care and social policies of the state, the nation and the world.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete all Level II fieldwork and the doctoral capstone within 29 months of initiating the first fieldwork.

Program requirements

The entry-level OTD degree requires 90 credit hours over 9 semesters in 3 years to complete. The program begins once a year in the summer session, and applications are accepted the preceding year.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

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*Admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (entry-level)

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Admission Deadlines

  • July 1 – Apply Texas application is open
  • July 18 – Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application is open
  • October 1 – Final deadline (CST 11 pm) – OTCAS application must be complete and all documents received by 11 pm CST on October 1. We strongly recommend submittal mid-September to allow for timely verification.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree completed at time of enrollment.
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 calculated on the last 60 credit hours before completion of baccalaureate degree or minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on 12 or more graduate credit hours.
  • Report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within 5 years of application date submitted using code 2215. This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Combined prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or better, with no grade below a C on any prerequisite course. Advanced Placement credit will not be accepted. All prerequisite courses must be completed at time of application. For prerequisite equivalency approvals, email Course title, University attended and course description are required. The prerequisite courses are the following:
    • Elementary Statistics
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lecture / Lab
    • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
  • Competency in Medical Terminology - may be submitted after acceptance, prior to OTD program entry.
  • A minimum of 20 contact hours with one licensed occupational therapist, within 2 years of application. The OT must complete an evaluation via OTCAS, and the observation hours must be documented on the OTCAS application.
  • Two additional evaluations. Acceptable evaluators include college/university faculty member under whom the applicant has completed a course of study and/or professional reference from an employer or supervisor. Submitted via OTCAS application.

TWU Alumni Advantage Admission Requirements

Texas Woman’s University graduates who qualify may apply as an Alumni Advantage applicant into the OTD program. In addition to the above requirements, the Alumni Advantage Admission requires:

  • Texas Woman’s University baccalaureate degree with a Pre-OT track degree plan in Child Development, Family Studies, Kinesiology/Health Studies or Psychology; completed at time of enrollment.
  • A minimum of 30 hours completed at Texas Woman’s University at time of application
  • Overall grade point average of 3.7 calculated on the last 60 credit hours at the time of application, and maintenance of 3.7 GPA or higher through completion of baccalaureate degree.
  • Combined prerequisite course GPA of 3.5 or better, with no grade below a B on any prerequisite course.
  • Pre-occupational therapy track courses combined with prerequisite course GPA of 3.5 or better, with no grade below a B. Pre-occupational therapy track courses may be completed after application, but must be completed prior to enrollment. These courses are the following:
    • Scientific Foundations of Human Movement – KINS 3623
    • Biomechanics Lecture / Lab (Kinesiology majors) – KINS 3593 / 3591
    • Neuroanatomy Lecture / Lab – ZOOL 3123 / 3121
  • One of the two additional evaluations must be from a TWU faculty member in the pre-OT major under whom the applicant has completed a course of study.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School. Select Semester of entry-Summer; Major-Entry-Level OTD; and Your first choice campus.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (code 2215). This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Submit TOEFL and TSE/Test A (if applicable).
  4. Apply to The TWU School of Occupational Therapy through OTCAS. If you experience technical difficulty completing the OTCAS application, visit the OTCAS help page.

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