Admissions Requirements

OTD c/o 2022

Admission Requirements

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field may apply to the OTD program, permitting the required pre-requisite courses are completed prior to beginning graduate level coursework. These courses are available at the undergraduate level at Jacksonville University and are outlined in detail within the program flyer

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 TOFL (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 discrimiate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activies. The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimation 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, 2019 - March 1, 2020 with a priority deadline of November 8, 2019.  Applications recieved by the priority deadline will have an admissions decision released by mid December, following  interviews scheduled for December 7, 2019. Applications received after the priority deadline will be scheduled for interviews and released admission decisions in Spring 2019 as follows:

Round Two Application Deadline:     January 1, 2020 with interview date scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020
Round Three Application Deadline:  March 1, 2020 with interview date scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020

 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. 

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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 prerequsite course Human Anatomy with lab.

No more than one (1) prerequisite remaining for completion by deadline and it must be completed by matriculation into the program. This outstanding prerequisite cannot be Human Anatomy with lab, Human Physiology, nor Statistics.

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.

For questions regarding prerequsite equivalencies, please complete the Prerequsite Course Completion Form and send the completed document to Ms. Ashlea Rieser at  


To view the Doctor of Occupational Therpay (OTD), admission profile for the class of 2021, please click here.  To view the admission profile for the class of 2022please click here.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the OTD program follow a fixed curriculum. In order to progress through the program, students must receive a grade of C or above in all courses and passing grades for all fieldwork, qualifying exam, doctoral residency experiences, and the culminating projects.

In addition to the above requirements for graduation, students must also have no outstanding debt to the Bursar, demonstrate professional behaviors and have the approval of the program faculty. After students have successfully completed all of these requirements, students may apply for graduation.

  • Graduates of a 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) [pending the program’s accreditation through Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)]. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. NBCOT (

Tuition & Fees

Learn more about tuition and fees for the OTD program.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Ashlea Rieser, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, Enrollment & Advising