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Admission and eligibility requirements

Important note: The entry-level degree program is transitioning to the clinical doctorate in occupational therapy for the next class entering summer 2019.

To review admission requirements for the master's degree program, please see the academic catalog.

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.

Baccalaureate Degree
All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the entry-level OTD program.

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

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 
All applicants must complete the GRE and report official scores to OTCAS, not KU; please use the OTCAS program code 4032. 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. Prior to applying to the program, 18 of the 24 hours of prerequisite course work, including anatomy and physiology, must be completed with final grades available. AP courses and test scores do not count for prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Semester 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


Occupational Therapy Experience
All applicants are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience with an occupational therapist in at least two settings. Experiences must have been completed within the last 3 years.

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.

All applicants must submit a professional résumé describing work and/or, volunteer experience. This is an opportunity to highlight participation in leadership, extracurricular, and life activities.

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. 

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 OTD program.

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

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Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

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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