To qualify for admission to the occupational therapy doctorate program, a student must have a bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher). Classes begin in August for the fall term. Candidates are advised to submit applications as early as possible.
In addition to the application for admission, students must also submit:
- application fee
- official transcripts(s), indicating the year of graduation from an Accreditation Council for Education of Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) or a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) accredited entry-level professional program
- proof of initial certification by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or AOTCB initial certification (prior to NBCOT)
- verification of employment as an occupational therapist: minimum of 6,000 hours of OT practice (equals three years FTE) with at least 4,000 hours (equals two FTE years or four to six part time years) within the last six years
- proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- two professional references
- a personal essay that sets forth learning objectives and applicability of those objectives to practice (writing sample will be evaluated based on content as well as written skills and scored zero to five). Applicants who score three or below on the personal essay will be required to complete a one credit writing class within the first semester (OT 500).
- when applicable, completion of the TOFEL exam
- background check required
Background check directions:
- Visit the following link: http://www.applicationstation.com
- Enter QUINCBCOT in the Application Station Code field.
- Click the "SIGN UP NOW" button to create an account.
- Follow the instructions on the Application Station web site.
The cost is $60 unless the student is from New York and then it is $129.
The background check will include:
- Social security number validation/verification
- Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
- National criminal database search
- Sex offender registry search
- Sanctions based search
Prior to the start of coursework, the student must become a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and sign an ethics pledge.
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2
Contact Quinnipiac University Online
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908