Occupational Therapy (OTD)

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Admissions Requirements

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) Program selects students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. These scores will be factored into the rubric that the department uses in evaluating applicant qualifications. Strong candidates will also demonstrate concern for people of diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to use judgment, insight, and reasoning.

All applicants (including Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants [COTAs] as applicable) must:

  1. complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
  3. have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
  4. have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
  5. submit minimum GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
  6. complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different occupational therapy settings that provide services related to children and youth, work and industry, rehabilitation, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, or another specified facility (or graduation from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program)
  7. submit a written essay
  8. submit three letters of recommendation
  9. demonstrate computer and word processing competency to include, but not limited to, World Wide Web navigation, software and learning management system (e.g., BlackBoard) utilization, e-correspondence, database explorations, etc.
  10. If applicable, have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher for the written test or 213 or higher for the computer-based test OR have a Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) score of 54 or higher
Course Prerequisite Name/SubjectSemester
Hours
Lab requiredAdditional Information
Biology with laboratory
(introduction, general, or principles of)
3-4 Yes  

Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
OR
Human Anatomy with lab
AND Physiology with lab

4

4
3-4
Yes If Anatomy taken separately from Physiology, Anatomy with lab should be 4 credits & Physiology with lab will be 3-4 credits
 Physics with lab (general, college)
OR Kinesiology
3-4 Yes for Physics,
No for Kinesiology
Psychology 6 No Must include 3 credits of Introduction to Psychology and 3 credits of an upper-level psychology course—abnormal psychology, social psychology, substance abuse, etc.
Human Growth and Development Or Developmental Psychology 3 No Must cover infancy through aging
Other Social Sciences 3 No e.g., ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, ethics
English Composition 6 No  
Other humanities 9 No Examples are art, communications, literature, foreign language, history, philosophy, logic, or humanities
Statistics 3 No
Medical terminology (college) 1 No Minimum of 1 credit, college level
Ethics 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards “other humanities” requirement)
Public speaking 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards “other humanities” requirement)
Theories of personality 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards “other humanities” requirement)
Logic/philosophy 3 No Recommended (may be applied towards “other humanities” requirement)

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Admissions Office at:

Office of Admissions
Occupational Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018
(954) 262-1101 or (877) 640-0218

Mr. Eric DeRise, Coordinator for Admissions/Student Services - Tampa: (813) 574-5278