Thank you for your interest in the Xavier University Occupational Therapy Program. 

Plans to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Fall 2020, are in the approval process. Applications for the OTD program are via OTCAS.

The Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree Proposed Admission Requirements describe the application materials. The proposed application process for initial acceptance into the OTD program includes 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 December 1, 2019, for Program start in Fall 2020. The program may continue to accept applications after December 1 until the 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. Acceptance into the capped cohort is planned for December prior to the Summer course. Offers of acceptance will be determined by the following: 1). Applications will be reviewed, scored, and rank-ordered; 2). Top candidates will be offered acceptance; 3). Wait-list of remaining applicants who meet criteria listed in rank order, offered acceptance as slots are available until admission close; 4). Applicants whose total admission scores fall below the annually adjusted-predetermined score for placement on a waitlist still receive a letter stating they will not be placed on a waitlist. 

For students entering Xavier University as freshman, there is the potential for a “Direct Admit Pathway”.   Fifty percent of OTD student slots will be held for incoming Xavier University freshman 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 or 513-745-3104 with any additional questions you might have.

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Note:  Program to be submitted for approval by the following entities:

Xavier University

Ohio Department of Higher Education

Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education