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 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.