Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application for PhilaU graduate admission
  • Proof of occupational therapy certification or eligibility for certification in the U.S. (copy of NBCOT certification, state license, or application for same) 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (minimum 3.0 GPA) 
  • Prerequisite courses:
    • For the MS-to-OTD Track: Research Methods (or Evidence-Based Practice or equivalent) Note: this course can be completed at PhilaU as part of the OTD degree
    • For the BS-to-OTD Track: Statistics
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal career goals statement (500 words) 
  • No GRE is required
  • For International Students: Official Test of English as
    • a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score with a minimum
    • of 79 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5

All applications will be reviewed. Following evaluation, students may be admitted with advanced standing into the MS-to-OTD or be required to complete some or all of the courses listed in the BS-to-OTD track.

PhilaU OT alumni and qualified fieldwork educators are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship. Contact the program director for more information.