Doctor of Occupational Therapy FAQs

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Applications are closed for the Fall 2024 start date through OTCAS. We review completed applications on an ongoing basis until each cohort is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for scholarships and other departmental incentives.

We use a rolling admissions process; applications are reviewed until the cohort is filled. For the fall start date, we generally close applications by April 5. Please click here to find helpful application timeline tips from OTCAS.

We continually review applications as they are completed. Qualified applicants are accepted on an ongoing basis until seats are filled.

Yes. The OTCAS system requires an initial fee for one program, plus a fee for each additional program you apply to. Each program, even within the same university is considered distinct.

No. Only one ACU fee is required to apply to the university.

Upon submitting your OTCAS application, you’ll find instructions for paying the $65 ACU application fee. All other documents are reviewed through OTCAS.

Yes. Admitted students have three weeks from the date of the admission offer to pay the non-refundable $300 deposit to secure their spot in the program.

We expect to enroll 18 students per cohort.

An overall GPA of 3.2 is required to apply.

Yes, all grades earned for repeated courses are factored into your OTCAS GPA.

A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer/observation activity in a professional occupational therapy setting are needed to apply. Applicants are encouraged to complete observation hours in more than one clinical setting. Procedures for documentation are outlined in the OTCAS system.

No, all hours entered into the OTCAS observation section must have been spent observing a licensed occupational therapist.

Applicants will enter observation information directly into their OTCAS portal.  Please click here for observation hour tracking information and instructions. ACU does not require additional forms or signatures.

Prerequisites include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy).
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) minimum of 6 credit hours total·
  • Statistics 3 credit hour minimum.
  • Abnormal Psychology 3 credit hour minimum.
  • Life Span Development 3 credit hour minimum.
  • Medical Terminology may be taken as a certificate or continuing education course

A maximum of 6 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment.

Yes, all prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed with a grade no lower than C.  Credit/no Credit designations are not acceptable for prerequisite courses.

No, an official, degree awarding transcript showing all prerequisite final grades must be submitted before beginning the ACU OTD program.

If the name of your course does not match the name of the prerequisite, you can request a prerequisite review to confirm that it will satisfy the requirement. To request a prerequisite review, please email Please include the following information in the email:

  • ACU prerequisite course name
  • Course name, course number, and catalog description for the corresponding course in question
  • University or college providing the course
  • Year and semester during which the course was taken

The ACU OTD does not have a preference, as long as the college or university is accredited.

No, the GRE is not required. If provided in OTCAS, your GRE score will not be reviewed by the ACU OTD admissions committee.

No, the ACU OTD program does not accept transfer credits from another university.

Waitlisted applicants are notified as soon as there is an opening in the cohort. This could occur as late as August in some cases.


The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at ACU is fully accredited 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

As of this time no students have completed the OTD program. Pass rates for each cohort of the ACU MSOT may be found here.

One entry term is offered each fall; new students begin in late August.

Students complete the program in 2 years, five months (graduating in December).

There are no part-time options.

Fieldwork consists of two phases and a doctoral capstone experience

  • Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester, can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed OT. The student is required to successfully complete three Level 1 Fieldwork experiences.
  • Fieldwork Level 2 generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. Students work closely with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to determine the best location and OT environment for the student.
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience is a 14 week (540 hour) assignment in a setting chosen by the student in collaboration with their faculty mentor and the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator in a designated area of interest.

For cost information, please visit the Doctor of Occupational Therapy page and review the “Degree Details” section. Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis.

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