The College of Education and Rehabilitation Department of Occupational Therapy accepts applications to the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Certificate programs online through the GradCAS application service.

The  intended program start date of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Certificate programs is in the spring term, each January.

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for the January 2019 start date is November 15, 2018. 
  • The Admissions Committee review and selection begins after applicants have sent all the necessary documents to the Office of Admissions.
  • To receive priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early and to complete the application requirements as soon as possible.

If you are interested in applying to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) or Certificate programs or have questions regarding the application process, please contact an Admissions Counselor by email at or by phone at 800.824.6262 or 215.780.1301 prior to initiating the online application.

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Criteria & Prerequisites

The College of Education and Rehabilitation is seeking individuals who have the educational background, interest and motivation for advancing their occupational therapy careers, consistent with the program’s stated mission, goals and objectives.

An applicant to the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program must have completed a master's degree from an accredited college or university.
An applicant to the post-professional specialty Certificate Programs must have completed a bachelor’s degree in an occupational therapy program, or a bachelor's degree in a related profession, from an accredited undergraduate college or university.*
*Applicants in the Low Vision Rehabilitation specialty track must have completed a bachelor’s degree in an occupational therapy program from an accredited undergraduate college or university. 

To be considered, an applicant must:

Salus University is now accepting applications through the GradCAS centralized application service. Please follow all instructions as indicated on the application portal. 

  • Submit a completed application through GradCAS: If new to the GradCAS application portal, you will need to create a new account. Once your account is created:
    • Click Add Program at the top of the application home page.
    • Use the search filters to locate the Salus University, Post-Professional Doctorate or Certificate in Occupational Therapy programs. 
    • Complete the application's four core sections: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials. 
    • Utilize the GradCAS Applicant Help Center as a resource. 
    • A non-refundable fee of $124.00 is required. Payment may be made through the GradCAS application portal. 
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges (undergraduate, graduate, professional) attended. Partial transcripts should be submitted if courses are still in progress. Official transcripts must be issued directly to the GradCAS Transcript Processing Center from each institution, not to the student. A transcript marked "issued to student" is not acceptable, even when delivered in a sealed envelope.
  • OTD Applicants: Submit copies of OT Licensure and NBCOT certification to the Office of Admissions (may be uploaded to GradCAS or sent via email to
    • Proof of occupational therapy certification or eligibility for certification in the U.S. (copy of NBCOT certification, state license, or application for same).
    • Proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice).
    • International students must present their country of residence’s equivalent documentation.
  • Specialty Track Certificate Applicants: Submit copies of your professional licensure to the Office of Admissions (may be may be uploaded to GradCAS or sent via email to
  • Educational Resume/Curriculum Vitae – the document should list, in chronological order, an applicant's education and work experiences, publications, honors and achievements to date. Submitted through the GradCAS application portal.

  • Specialty Track Essay – Identify which specialty track you are interested in and why. Submitted through the GradCAS application portal.
    • ​Explain in detail how this specialty track intersects with your clinical experience and your professional goals. 
    • Why are you pursuing doctoral or certificate education?
  • Arrange for two letters of evaluation to be submitted through the GradCAS application portal on your behalf. When completing the online application, applicants must supply the name and email address of two people who are not related to the applicant and who will provide the University with a reference. References will be contacted by GradCAS and provided with instructions on how to submit an evaluation electronically.
    • One letter must be written from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or research/clinical supervisor assessing your ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • One letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • The references should be from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work, employment record, and/or personal characteristics.
  • International Students, please review below any additional requirements needed.
  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
Please note: It will be necessary for any OTD degree or certificate student to belong to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in order to access certain library resources.*

*This requirement may be waived for the Specialty Track Certificate programs only, as determined on a case by case basis.     
International Students & Practitioners

International students who are interested in applying to the post-professional OTD program are advised to speak to the Office of Admissions prior to application. Please call 800.824.6262 to speak with an admissions counselor. 

Note: For international students who wish to practice in the U.S., the post-professional OTD degree does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit the NBCOT website.  


For international students and practitioners who have completed their college degree(s) outside of the U.S. or Canada, please submit the following information:
  • A document-by-document credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed.  Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation. 

  • An official evaluation may be sent from the agency directly to:
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
      PO Box 9217
      Watertown, MA 02471
  • These services are provided by various agencies including:  


Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University academic program as well as to help ensure patient/client safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).

Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).  

The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
  • If submitting TOEFL scores, please use the GradCAS code of B886.
  • If submitting IELTS scores, please send scores directly to Salus University, Office of Admissions.
Admissions Selection Process

Admission procedures and policies include appropriate consideration of an individual applicant’s educational credentials and professional experience. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate for the degree (OTD or Specialty Track Certificate) program will possess:

  • A documented record of academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated academic competency in mathematics/quantitative methods. 
  • English language skills (both written and oral) essential to the successful completion of the coursework.


During the review process, the academic background of the applicant is assessed to determine academic eligibility and his/her entry point into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) or Certificate programs. Each candidate is evaluated by the College of Education and Rehabilitation Admissions Committee and the evaluation includes a formal interview.  The interview will provide further insight into the applicant’s character and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to speak with faculty within the College. Interviews may be held via phone conference or Skype.


An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance on a rolling admissions basis. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to complete the Matriculation Supplement form in order to reserve a seat in the program.


As per the College of Education and Rehabilitation policy, credit by transfer maybe accepted for any course within the curriculum when it is determined that the transfer course is substantially equivalent to that offered by the College and OT program.  This equivalency will be determined by the course instructor and the program director.  Only courses in which the student receives a grade of ‘B’ or above will be considered for transfer.  The maximum number of semester hour credits a student may earn by transfer is six (6) semester hour credits. No credit is given for experiential learning. 


Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.