Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program selects students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a written essay, letters of evaluation, and an interview. Strong candidates will also demonstrate concern for people of diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to use judgment, insight, and reasoning. Technical standards set by the Department of Occupational Therapy establishes the essential functional requirements necessary for enrolled students to acquire the knowledge, skills, competencies and values of an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

All candidates must:

  1. complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different occupational therapy environments
  2. complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  3. have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
  4. have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study
  5. have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
  6. submit minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing). Preference will be given to applicants who have a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 290 (GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011 combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 900) and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5.
  7. submit a written essay
  8. submit (3) letters of evaluation
  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. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher for written, or 213 or higher for computer-based test for international students
prerequisite courses
Natural Sciences
Biology with laboratory (introduction, general, or principles of) 3-4 semester hours
Anatomy (human) and physiology including laboratory 4 semester hours
OR Anatomy (human) including laboratory 4 semester hours
AND Physiology including laboratory 3-4 semester hours
Physics with lab (general, college) 3-4 semester hours
OR Kinesiology 3-4 semester hours
Social Sciences
Psychology (must include 3 credits of Introduction to Psychology and 3 credits of an upper-level psychology course—abnormal psychology, social psychology, substance abuse, etc.) 6 semester hours
Human growth and development Or Developmental psychology (must cover infancy through aging) 3 semester hours
Other social sciences (e.g., ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, ethics) 3 semester hours
English Composition 6 semester hours
Other humanities (e.g., art, communications, literature, foreign language, history, philosophy, logic, or humanities) 9 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours
Medical terminology (college) 1 semester
Note: None of the science courses can be applied
Recommended Courses
The following additional courses will also help in the occupational therapy curriculum:
Ethics 3 semester hours
Public speaking 3 semester hours
Theories of personality 3 semester hours
Logic/philosophy 3 semester hours

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