Program faculty will evaluate your application for indicators
of readiness for an academically rigorous course of study, and your potential
to become a leading occupational therapy practitioner.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of 3.0 *
and interpersonal life experiences
concern for individuals from diverse backgrounds and their surrounding
use of good judgment, insight, empathy reasoning, ethical behavior and strong
* Applicants whose overall undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0
will be considered, provided that they earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last two
years of undergraduate study and in the prerequisite course work for this
Persons interested int the program must apply to both the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) and to the NAU Graduate College.
Information to be submitted through the application systems include:
- Transcripts of all college-level coursework
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Information indicating completion of a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer and observation hours
- 40 hours observing two different occupational therapists each practicing in a different type of setting with different age-groups (minimum of 20 hours in each setting) AND
- 40 hours in at least two different community settings (agencies, programs, camps, etc.) serving vulnerable, disabled or disadvantaged individuals or populations that address health, rehabilitation, disability, quality of life or community issues or sustainability initiatives
- The hours may be applied toward the requirement of volunteer hours or for observation hours. They cannot be double-counted as both volunteer hours and as observation hours. The observation hours may be paid or unpaid hours
- Personal statement
Admission to the OTD program is dependent upon completion of
certain course and degree prerequisites.
Medical Terminology and Occupational Therapy Competencies
Applicants who are accepted to the program must demonstrate competency in medical terminology and occupational therapy. This requirement will be met through successful completion of an online matriculation competency administered by the department after the student is accepted into the program.
Certain health and Basic Life Support requirements are
in place for students for the health and well-being of our campus community and
community engagement activities, including fieldwork education.
Hepatitis B immunization
To ensure immunity, applicants should begin
the Hepatitis B vaccination series and titer months in advance of admission.
Basic Life Support certification
All students must consistently be
certified in infant and adult Basic Life Support from admission through graduation.
Fingerprint clearance card
students are required to have a current fingerprint clearance card on file with
the department in the student’s account through CORE. Some agencies will require
documentation of fingerprint clearance or background check of students prior to
the clinical experience. Students will assume the costs and responsibility of
getting the fingerprints completed as necessary before starting the OT program. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued
from the Department of Public Safety in Arizona is required.