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OTD Admission and eligibility requirements

The KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center seeks to identify candidates who embody the following attributes:

  • Professionalism: respect, ethics, responsibility, leadership.
  • Service mindedness: professional volunteerism, mission work, philanthropic outreach.
  • Inquiry-focused approach: self-directed learning, active learning, seeking knowledge, looking for and utilizing resources.
  • Commitment to community inclusion: social consciousness, diversity of thought.

Special Note

Changes have been made recently to the program's admission requirements.

  • The volunteer experience with an occupational therapist is no longer required. In addition, the resume has been removed from the list of required application documents.

Baccalaureate Degree

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the entry-level doctorate program in occupational therapy.

Grade Point Average

A 3.2 GPA (4.0 scale) cumulative undergraduate GPA is required in order to apply.

Graduate Record Exam  

All applicants must complete the GRE and report official scores to OTCAS, not KU. Please use the OTCAS program code 4032 for KU.

In keeping with recommendation of Educational Testing Service (ETS), there is no minimum GRE score. However, the GRE is considered an indicator of academic performance along with grade point average. The GRE must have been taken within the last three years to be valid on the application.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must earn a ‘C’ or higher in all prerequisite courses and have an overall 3.0 (4.0 scale) GPA for prerequisite courses. AP courses and grades are not considered for prerequisite requirements.

Summer 2019 Update:
Applicants must have completed 18 of the 24 prerequisite credit hours prior to submitting an application.

It is expected human anatomy and physiology courses are completed prior to applying; however, this requirement is evaluated on an individual basis and alternatives may be taken into consideration for qualified applicants.

Applications may be submitted with course work still in progress but must indicate the student's plan for completion prior to entering the program. Students cannot complete prerequisite courses while concurrently enrolled in course work for this program.

Prerequisite Courses

Credit Hours

Abnormal psychology


Ethics (medical, professional or business)


Social science


Lifespan development


Statistics (behavioral educational, psychological or mathematical; no business statistics courses)


Human physiology (human anatomy & physiology may be taken combined for 8 credits)


Human anatomy with lab (human anatomy & physiology may be taken combined for 8 credits)


Medical terminology


Total credit hours


Letters of Reference

All applicants must submit three professional letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential and capacity to succeed in the program. One letter of recommendation must be from an academic reference.

Personal Statement

All applicants must complete personal statement that describes why applicant has chosen a career in occupational therapy and how it will support his/her goals. 

Additional Requirements

After an application is submitted, a number of additional items are required to complete admission to the program. These include CPR certification, a deposit, background check, and more. Read about these additional requirements.


Applicants will be selected for an interview as part of the application process. 

Meeting minimum admission criteria does not guarantee an invitation for interview or admission to the entry-level doctoral program.

Please contact the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education for the most up-to-date information and guidance by email or by calling 913-588-7195. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Central time zone).

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Aug 19, 2019

Application window:
Application materials are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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