Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program Admissions

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will admit one new cohort of OTD students each June. We anticipate a class size of 35 students.

Important Deadlines

OTCAS opens: July 18, 2018

Early Decision deadline: August 25, 2018

Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Checklist

❑      College Transcripts:  A bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment. Your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution(s) must be sent to Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  This transcript must include a registrar’s seal or signature and be sent directly from the institution. If you are still taking prerequisite courses during the application cycle, you may submit your unofficial transcript, and proof of enrollment. Please note, however, that you will not be able to enroll in our program until your official transcript has been received verifying completion of these courses, that you have received a “C” or better, and that you still meet the minimum GPA required.

❑      Application:  Applications will be accepted online through OTCAS .


Early Decision Deadline:  August 25, 2018

The early decision application deadline is August 25, 2018. In addition to completing the OTCAS application, applicants must arrange for OTCAS to receive all of official transcripts and fees, as well as pay the program supplemental application fee, by August 25. Early decision candidates must take the GRE and request scores no later than August 1.

Applicants may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status.

Admission decisions on early decision applicants will be made by September 24, 2018.

❑      Application Fee:  In addition to the OTCAS fee, you will also need to submit a non-refundable supplemental fee of $45.

❑      GRE: You will need to request that your most current Graduate Education Examinations (GRE) score be sent to us. GRE must have been taken within five years of application to our program. The OTCAS GRE Code for Mary Baldwin University is 1992.  There is no minimum GRE score.

❑      Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Introduction to Biology 3-4 Lab not required but recommended
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy 3-4* Lab not required but recommended
Human or Vertebrate Physiology 3-4* Lab not required but recommended
Physics 3-4 Recommended but not required
Introduction to Psychology 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology 3
Lifespan Human Development 3 Birth to Death (for some undergraduate institutions, this may require more than one course to fulfill the “birth to death” requirement.)
Statistics 2 Can be from biology, mathematics, psychology, business; or Research Methods
Medical Terminology 1-2 A medical terminology certificate can be used to fulfill the pre-requisite requirement for this coursework.

*Can be combined A/P for 8 credits.

Prerequisite coursework may be completed during the admission cycle. Please add planned courses in OTCAS transcript section. Coursework must be completed by May.

❑      GPA:  A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA is required. We expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all prerequisite courses must reflect a “C” or better.

❑      References:  Three references are required (submitted via OTCAS). At least one reference must be from an occupational therapist.  Reference from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program is recommended but not required.

❑      OT Observation Hours:  40 hours are required to explore occupational therapy as a career in at least two different settings.  Information on how to provide this information can be found on the OTCAS application form.

❑      Essay: The OTCAS application form will require a brief personal essay describing why you selected OT as a career and how an occupational therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals.

❑      Interview: The Admissions Committee will send invitations to selected candidates to interview. Not all applicants will be invited to interview.  An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


Before registering for classes, students must provide:

  • Criminal background checks (federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations) at student expense.
  • Signed Technical Standards document
  • Written verification of immunizations at student expense.
  • Written verification of health insurance at student expense.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification from the American Heart Association at student expense.


After classes start, and in preparation for clinical placements, students must also provide:

  • Any additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies (such as drug screening, background check, etc.) at student expense.