Admission Requirements

Occupational Therapy's UA UAMS double logoApplications will open in the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) March 1, 2019 and close June 9, 2019 at midnight.

Application for admission to the doctoral program of the Department of Occupational Therapy is made through the University of Arkansas Graduate School and International Studies electronic portal.

Undergraduate preparation for the doctorate in occupational therapy can come from a number of majors that result in a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who wish to study for the entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy must complete the following prerequisites or equivalents with a grade of C or better:

All prerequisites are at least 3 credits:

  • Human Anatomy with lab*
  • Human Physiology with lab*
  • Statistics
  • Terminology for Health Professions
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Neuroscience of Behavior (Brain and Behavior, Behavioral or Cognitive Neuroscience, or Neurophysiology or Neuropsychology or Neurobiology, etc. Cognitive Psychology DOES NOT meet this requirement.)

*If Anatomy and Physiology are offered together, as one course, then two semesters must be taken.

Other admission requirements include:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • International applicants must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 
  • 25 hours of documented volunteering/shadowing/service learning with an occupational therapy professional in at least three different settings, with at least two different populations, e.g., children and adults. The required form for the student and the professional, a PDF, can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address potential for graduate education. 
  • Written personal statement.
  • Eligible applicants under consideration will be required to participate in an on-campus interview and an in-person scholarly writing activity.