Admissions Requirements

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To qualify for admission to the occupational therapy doctorate program, a student must have a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy with a related master's degree 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 addresses the following two questions:

    1. From the OTD curriculum, chose one course you feel will be the most beneficial to your future plans. Explain why you believe this course will have this impact. Include one recent scholarly article which prompted your interest in this topic. Cite article properly (APA preferred).

    2. How do you foresee this program impacting your future professional career? How will this program allow you to become an agent of change for the profession?

    The essay will be analyzed using a rubric for both the level of writing as well as the applicant’s understanding of the program. As stated in the admissions criteria, the essay will be graded and some individuals may be asked to complete a one credit writing course, OT 612, if graded lower.
  • when applicable, completion of the TOFEL exam
  • background check required

Background check directions:

  1. Visit the following link:
  2. Enter QUINCBCOT in the Application Station Code field.
  3. Click the "SIGN UP NOW" button to create an account.
  4. 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.

Graduation requirements
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2

Contact Quinnipiac University Online
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
Phone: 877-403-4277

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