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OTD for Post-Professional Students
Application Process and Requirements

If you already have a degree in occupational therapy and wish to pursue additional education in the field, you may qualify for admission to our Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program. (We do not offer an advanced master's degree.) Students may enter the OTD degree program with either a bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy. The length of the OTD degree program for post-professional students varies based on prior academic and professional experience.

  1. Degree in occupational therapy (bachelor's or master's) from an ACOTE-accredited or WFOT-accredited occupational therapy program.
  2. Bachelor’s degree prepared clinicians must take additional coursework. Clinicians who do not hold NBCOT certification must participate in entry-level coursework to achieve certification requirements.
  3. Completed application form submitted along with a $55 application fee.
  4. A letter of intent describing specific academic objectives, career goals, and reasons why Washington University is a good fit for you.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Official, original copies of transcripts for all degrees received must be submitted with the application. You must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in which you have been enrolled.
    • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in which you have been enrolled.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. Contact the Program in Occupational Therapy admissions office for more information or refer to the website section on international students.
    • Additional information such as course descriptions or syllabus may be requested for advance placement.
  7. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required.
  8. Reports of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be available for review. Test date must be less than five years prior to the date the application is received.
    • GRE score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy. The Washington University code is 0081. The major code for Occupational Therapy is 0618.
    • Please include an unofficial copy of your score information with your application. Scores will be verified when official copies are received.
    • Alumni from Washington University’s master’s entry-level program are not required to submit transcripts or GRE examination results. Alumni with bachelor’s entry-level degree must submit transcripts from their master’s degree university and GRE scores.
  9. Curriculum vitae describing qualifications, employment, scholarly accomplishments, professional activities and community service.
  10. International students: If English is not your native language, the TOEFL and TWE must be taken within 12 months prior to application.
    • Minimum TOEFL composite score of 600 paper-based, 250 computerized, or 100 internet exam; and minimum TWE composite score of 4.5 required.
    • You may sit for the NBCOT examination if you plan to practice in the United States or you may be required to successfully complete the NBCOT examination if certification is required by apprenticeship site.
    • Click here for more information.
  11. Must interview with the assistant director either virtually or in person.


The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

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