Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)


During this time, it is very important we practice the promotion of physical distancing and rely on the advice of health experts, thus, the Department of Occupational faculty and staff will be working remotely from their homes each business day starting Friday, March 20, 2020 until cleared to return to Xavier. If you need assistance please send an email to forschler@xavier.edu or leave a voice message at 513-745-3150. Alternatively, feel free to reach out directly to any faculty or staff member. We will be checking our voicemail and email regularly. Note: All occupational therapy courses and labs will transition to remote learning beginning March 23 through semester end of May 15.

Xavier University is now accepting students into the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program for Program start in Fall 2020. Candidacy status was granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 28052-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Application to the entry-level OTD program is via OTCAS. The Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree Admission Requirements describe the application materials. The proposed application process for initial acceptance into the OTD program includes but is not limited to the following: completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with an earned cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; completion of all pre-requisite course requirements; meeting competitive GRE score criteria; and submitting an application that is accompanied by documentation of two separate volunteer experiences and three letters of recommendation. 

Application deadline is rolling for program start in fall 2020 until slots are filled. For accepted students, one required online course is recommended for completion summer 2020 (or latest by summer term after) followed by a full course load in fall semester. Offers of acceptance will be determined by the following: 1). Applications will be reviewed and scored;  2). Candidates meeting all criteria will be offered acceptance; 3). When slots are filled, a wait-list of remaining applicants who meet criteria will be rank-ordered and offered acceptance as slots are available until admission close.

For students entering Xavier University as freshmen, there is the potential for a “Direct Admit Pathway”. Fifty percent of OTD student slots will be held for incoming Xavier University first-year students who are in the upper tier as indicated by high school cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT scores, and continue to meet OTD admission criteria upon application to the OTD program (pending approval).  

Thank you, again, for your interest in Xavier University’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. Please feel free to contact Stacia Galey at galeys@xavier.edu or 513-745-3104 with any additional questions you might have.

Occupational Therapy Information Sessions

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Note:  Program is approved by the following entities:

Xavier University

Ohio Department of Higher Education

Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (Candidacy Status)