Admissions & How to Apply

JWU’s Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at

  • ACOTE c/o AOTA
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
    Phone: 301-652-AOTA

All application documents must be submitted online through Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

The 2019-2020 online application will be available in mid-July. While the admissions cycle is rolling and applications will continue to be accepted until February 15, 2020, we strongly recommend you apply earlier in the cycle. No supplemental application is required.

All applicants must

  • Apply through the OT-CAS system
  • Have received their bachelor’s degree (or be in the process of attaining their bachelor’s degree)
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited US institution
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Submit official GRE scores (GRE Code: 4321)
  • Submit health records prior to matriculation
  • Anticipate a complete background check prior to matriculation
  • Prospective students concerned about any prior issues that might prevent them from securing a cleared background check may choose to undergo a character review prior to applying for the OTD program. This is done by requesting the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy to complete an Early Determination Review. Visit for further info about the process and fees.


  1. JWU’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits to fulfill prerequisite courses. Program director will consider AP credits for one of the English courses and other prerequisites on a case-by-case basis.
  2. The Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program does not accept transfer credits or experiential learning credits.
  3. There is no minimum requirement for shadowing or experience in the field.

You must have completed these classes with a grade of “C” or better; applicants who plan to complete these classes prior to OTD enrollment will still be considered:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: A complete year course sequence in anatomy (one semester) and physiology (one semester) is required. Students may take a combined anatomy/physiology sequence, but they must take both semesters in order to fulfill the requirement. Labs are required. (8 credit hours, including labs)
  • General Psychology: A one-semester introductory course in psychology is required. This course must fulfill the prerequisite to allow students to take courses in developmental and abnormal psychology. A lab is not required. (3 credit hours)
  • Developmental Psychology: Students may take a one-semester course in child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, or lifespan development. A lab is not required. NOTE: This MUST be a taught course by Psych, not a generic child development course. (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology: A one-semester course in abnormal psychology is required. A lab is not required. (3 credit hours)
  • Physics: A one-semester course in general physics is required. This may be a course designed for physics, life science or health science majors. A lab is not required. (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics: A one-semester course in general statistics is required. Business statistics, psychology statistics or biological science statistics courses are accepted. (3 credit hours)
  • Medical Terminology: A course in medical terminology is required. (1 credit hour)
  • English Composition: A complete year course sequence in college-level English writing or composition is required. The sequence can be made up of a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course. AP English credit may be applied if shown on the transcript as awarded. (6 credit hours)
  • Public Speaking: A one-semester course focused on public speaking is required. Some performance classes may be considered for substitution. Interpersonal speaking and interpersonal communication courses will NOT be accepted. (3 credit hours)