Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid


  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Length of Program: 36 Months
  • Total Credits: 117
  • Apply via Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

All application documents must be submitted online through Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). JWU will notify you via email when we receive your verified application. The JWU OTD admissions committee will only review applications verified through OTCAS. 

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 OTCAS 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.
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Deferring entrance is not allowed


  1. JWU’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits to fulfill prerequisite courses.
  2. The OTD Program does not accept transfer credits or experiential learning credits.
  3. There is no minimum requirement for shadowing or experience in the field.
  4. 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)
  • Developmental Psychology: Students may take a one-semester psychology course in child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, or lifespan development. A lab is not required. (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology: A one-semester course in abnormal psychology is required. A lab is not required. (3 credit hours)
  • Physics/Physical Science: A one-semester course in general physics, kinesiology or biomechanics is required. The course 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 preferred.


1 $40,170 $1,545 $2,300 $77 0 $44,092
2 $40,170 $1,545 $2,300 $77 0 $44,092
3 $40,170 0 0 $77 0 $40,247
TOTAL $120,510 $3,090 $4,600 $231 0 $128,431

*Tuition and fees are subject to change annually.
**Students are responsible for travel plus room and board (if applicable) for Level II fieldwork placements.

As an OTD student, upon completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), you may qualify for the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan in the amount of $20,500 annually. You can also apply for the Federal Graduate PLUS loan (credit qualified) for up to the cost of the program after what you may qualify for in the Unsubsidized Loan.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) both offer scholarships for entry-level occupational therapy students. Outside scholarships may also be available through searching online.

For more information on how best to finance your education, contact a financial planner at Student Academic & Financial Services.

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:

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-AOTA