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. 

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.


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 (

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, 2018 - November 9, 2018 for a summer-term cohort beginning in May 2019. All admissions decisions are scheduled to be released by mid December, following  interviews scheduled for December 8, 2018.

 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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Tuition & Fees

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Ashlea Rieser, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, Enrollment & Advising