Quinnipiac University

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Admissions

We make our admission process as straightforward and personalized as possible. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the School of Health Sciences are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program, a student must have a bachelor‘s degree in occupational therapy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and related master’s degree, OR a master‘s degree in occupational therapy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Classes begin in August for the fall term. Candidates are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

Please note: For students who have a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy as their highest level of education, the online Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy can serve as a bridge into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in two semesters.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy

Required Documents

An application consists of the following:

  • Completed application form
  • $45 application fee
  • Updated resume
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts, indicating the year of graduation from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accredited entry-level professional program
  • Proof of initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or AOTCB initial certification (prior to NBCOT)
  • Verification of current employment as an occupational therapist, at least part-time, at the time of application and matriculation
  • Proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
  • Two professional references
  • When applicable, completion of the TOEFL exam

All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances will be conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both. Instructions for completing these are below.

How to Apply for an Online Program

The Quinnipiac University Online admissions team is dedicated to helping you easily navigate our educational offerings. An admissions counselor will work one-on-one with you to assess your educational goals and answer any questions that you may have.

To get started, follow these steps:


Apply to a Program

An admissions counselor will assist you with the process and provide guidance every step of the way. 

Complete the Application


Ask about Financial Aid

Our admissions counselors can answer your questions about the financial aid process. To apply for federal aid, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use school code #001402.

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