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 Advanced Specialty 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 Health Sciences, 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 or virtually.
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE
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.
ADVANCED STANDING OR TRANSFER CREDIT
As per the College of Health Sciences, 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 Department. 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.
Deferment of Admission
An accepted student with an unforeseen, extenuating circumstance prohibiting them from matriculating may request a deferment of admission in writing. The request must be directed to both the Dean of Student Affairs and the OTD Program Director, and made via the Office of Admissions.
For deferment consideration, the following is required:
- A deferment request submitted in writing by December 15, before the January start date, or by August 1, before the September start date, of the program. Please note, submission of a deferral request by the deadline does not guarantee approval.
- Official documentation verifying the extenuating circumstance.
- All matriculation materials must be received (as directed in the University’s official Letter of Acceptance).
If deferment is approved:
- Admission will be extended to the next academic year.
- A deferment will not extend beyond one admission cycle.
- The student must contact the Office of Admissions, in writing, by November 30 of the deferred admission calendar year, if entering in the spring term, or by July 22 if entering in the fall term, regarding his/her intention to resume enrollment.
- The student will be required to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee prior to matriculation (this may be done in person or via phone/online).
If a deferral request is denied:
- A student has the option to withdraw acceptance from the Program, and reapply through GRADCAS for future admission.
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
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.