Admission Requirements – Entry-level OTD

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Spalding’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). Please review our prerequisite and admission requirements information before applying. We accept applications twice a year for fall (August) and spring (January) entry terms.

Our application for the Fall 2023 entry term, which begins on August 28, 2023, will open on December 5, 2022. The priority deadline for this admission cycle will be February 17, 2023.

If you are interested in this term but the priority deadline has passed, we may still have seats available. Please email [email protected] to see if you qualify to apply.

Please read all requirements below or email Aileen McPhillips with questions about the admission process or call Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (502) 588-7196.

Prerequisite Courses
The Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy requires completion of 13 prerequisites. Candidates may submit an application with nine completed and a contingency plan for the remaining before the program start date.

  • Human Anatomy (4 credit hours)
  • Human Physiology (4 credit hours)
  • College Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • Physics (3 credit hours)   Keywords: light, water, temperature, sound, electricity
  • College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Sociology or Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • College Writing (3 credit hours)
  • Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
Admission Requirements
In addition to a completed online application, we require the following items:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college: Candidates may apply in the final year of undergraduate study
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.2
  • GRE Analytical Writing scores:  Not required before application submission
  • We recommend 20 hours of human-service related experience or observation of two different settings or populations
    • NOTE: Due to current restrictions in healthcare facilities due to COVID-19, the hours are not required for application to the program. If you have previously completed observation hours, please submit them with your application. There is no minimum amount of hours required at this time.
  • Selected candidates who advance will also complete an electronic interview.

Please review our admission policy and procedures (PDF) and our technology and required competencies (PDF) before applying.

Track your application
When applying through Spalding’s online application system, your applicant portal “My Account” page is the place to view, update and submit information to your application. You have access to:

  • Update your profile
  • Submit your application
  • View your application
  • Upload supplemental documents required for admission

Application Confirmation
Upon submitting your application, everyone will receive an email acknowledgment with further instructions regarding all items required to continue processing an application.

If you did not receive this message please check your spam folder. To make sure you receive all electronic communication from us, please add to your safe sender and/or contacts list.

Admissions Process

Upon submission of unofficial transcript and initial application, all applicants are notified via email with instructions to complete the analytical writing component of the GRE (if not yet completed).

All eligible candidates are invited to complete an online interview as the final step of the admissions process.

Early determination review

Any applicant who has a felony conviction or record containing illegal, unethical, or incompetent behaviors may jeopardize their ability to obtain certification or licensure to practice occupational therapy.

If you would answer YES to any of the questions below, you must complete the NBCOT Early Determination Review process before applying to the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy:

1. Have you ever been charged and/or convicted of a felony? (NOTE: Applicants must answer affirmatively even if convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released, or sealed.)

2. Have you ever had any professional license, registration, or certification denied, revoked, suspended, or subject to probationary conditions by a regulatory authority or certification board?

3. Have you ever been found by any court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct which resulted in harm to another?

4. Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university for non-academic reasons?

A copy of the NBCOT Early Review determination results must be included with the application to the OTD program.