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Additional Information for Applicants

After submitting application materials, students must meet a number of additional requirements and submit additional documentation prior to entering the program. Please review this information now to be prepared.

Once accepted, the applicant will reserve a position in the next class by signing a contract of acceptance and providing a $400 non-refundable deposit.

CPR Certification Requirement

All accepted students must submit copies of current, valid CPR certification prior to the program start date and maintain certification while in the program. Students need to complete the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers training through the American Heart Association. 

In addition, students must provide proof of current health insurance coverage before entering the program.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide a background check report to KU. This one-time fee must be paid directly by the student to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make the payment once officially accepted into the program. Admission will not be final until KU has received the background check report.

Drug screenings are required for work at clinical sites. These are not required for admission, but are to be expected later. The clinical site will provide information on its requirements prior to entering the fieldwork portion of the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check and drug screening information.

The Selection Process and Timeline

All application materials must be RECEIVED by KU by the December 1 deadline.

All applicants must meet minimum admissions criteria to be considered for review by the selection committee. Selection of applicants is based on a number of factors, including overall GPA, personal statements, volunteer/work experience, and recommendation letters.

Patterns of past or current academic performance that include multiple withdrawals, failures, or repeats of course work as noted on official transcripts may indicate the applicant is at risk of not succeeding in the intense and demanding KU occupational therapy degree program.

Students chosen to move on to the next step of admission are notified of status by an email invitation to interview.

Technical Standards and Accommodations

Please read the program technical standards carefully after you submit your application materials. Signed verification will be required of our students after they have been accepted.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for any accepted student who has a documented disability and can meet program expectations. Applicants with documented disabilities can request reasonable accommodations if needed during the admissions process.


The National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy administers a national certification examination to graduates of accredited entry-level programs. All states require licensure or registration to practice; initial certification is obtained by completing the nationally administered, standardized examination. Students are eligible to take the national certification exam after completion of all program requirements.

Applicants with Felony Convictions

Applicants convicted of a felony should be aware of the fact that application for licensure, certification, or registration will be subject to review, and additional information may be requested. Based on the review process, denial of licensure, certification, and/or registration may occur, and subsequent opportunities for employment may be compromised.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

Program admission requirements are subject to change without notice. Please contact the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education for the most up-to-date information on requirements.

Appointments for student advising are available upon request and must be scheduled in advance. Generally advising sessions are held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday on the medical center campus in Kansas City, Kansas. For students on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence campus, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center to schedule an appointment.

Last modified: Jul 15, 2019

Prospective Students

Campus visit dates for summer 2021 have been completed. Please check back here in late August for opportunities to visit during the fall semester.

About the entry-level OTD program

Applications to this program are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following fall.

Program overview

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Additional information for applicants

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Frequently asked questions

JaySTART Clinic
This clinic provides free occupational and physical therapy services to patients in the Kansas City community. Learn about rehabilitation services provided by the clinic and how to make an appointment.