Students who hold Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least at 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may apply to the OTD program permitting the prerequisite courses are completed prior to beginning the graduate level coursework. GPAs will be calculated by OTCAS. All undergraduate and graduate course work is included in cumulative grade point average calculations.
It should be noted that no more than one (1) prerequisite can be remaining for completion by the application deadline. The outstanding prerequisite cannot be Human Anatomy with lab, Human Physiology, nor Statistics.
Prerequisite coursework requirements:
- Human Anatomy with lab required
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
- Human Physiology (with lab preferred)
- Life Span/Human Growth and Development
- Statistics (must include inferential)
- Introductory Psychology
- Introductory Sociology or Introductory Anthropology
- Medical Terminology
- Physics (with lab preferred)
All prerequisite courses must be a minimum of 3 credit hours with the exception of Medical Terminology, which is a minimum 1 credit hour. Coursework must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. All science courses must be at a level for science majors and should include a lab. Online courses are accepted excluding the prerequisite course Human Anatomy with lab.
Retaking Prerequisite Courses: Students are approved to retake up to 15 credit hours of prerequisite courses. The higher letter grade will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA. Cumulative GPA will include all prerequisite courses completed.
These courses are available at the undergraduate level at Jacksonville University and are outlined in detail within the program flyer.
Additional application requirements
In addition to the prerequisite coursework, applicants must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation with an occupational therapist. The 40 hour total must be completed in three (3) different settings (hospital, school system, home health, clinic, etc.). Use the JU OTD observation form to document your work. Students in the program must complete all Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.
International Applicants must meet all Jacksonville University International Student Admission Criteria as outlined in the JU Catalog, including English Proficiency including TOEFL (minimum score of 650 for paper, 280 for computer, and 114 if Internet based) or IELTS requirement of 8.0 if the applicant's primary language is not English.
The admissions process for the OTD program includes the use of a rubric. The rubric categories include a cumulative grade point average (CGPA), prerequisite coursework grade point average (GPA), a combined GRE score for quantitative, verbal and writing components, and an in-person interview consisting of a faculty member and practitioner pair. The review committee consists of full-time OTD faculty members, all of whom are doctorally prepared with decades of experience within the occupational therapy field.
Title IX: Jacksonville University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
James Williams, Director Human Resources 904-256-7025
Kristie S. Gover, Ed.D., Chief Student Affairs Officer/Title IX Coordinator 904-256-706
How to Apply
Jacksonville University requires applicants to submit an application through the OTCAS portal. Applicants do not need to complete a separate JU application. Applications are accepted July 18, 2020 - March 1, 2021 with a priority deadline of December 31, 2020. The top 75 applicants will be offered an opportunity to interview determined at the time of application deadline based on overall cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA and GRE scores. The final admission ranking will incorporate an interview score and applicants will be re-ranked with offers for admission extended to the top 28 applicants.
Priority deadline interview date: January 30, 2021
Applications received after December 31, 2020 interview date: March 27, 2021
A career as an Occupational Therapist involves working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and ability levels, as well as handling confidential information. In an effort to ensure that the profession is made up of individuals of integrity, those applying for certification as an OT must answer questions regarding their criminal background. A history of offenses may impact your ability to become certified in the future. Additionally, as a student, offenses may also inhibit your ability to complete the necessary practicum hours to graduate. All students accepted into Jacksonville University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program must successfully complete an unencumbered background check and drug screening. Offenses listed on a background check may result in your offer of acceptance being revoked.