Admission Requirements

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:

  • Academic achievement
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 *
  • General GRE scores of at least:
    • 146 (550) quantitative
    • 149 (440) verbal
    • 3.5 analytical writing
    • Only test scores earned in the last five years from program's August start date are acceptable.
    • Scores should be submitted to Northern Arizona University GRE institution code 4006.
    • Extracurricular and interpersonal life experiences
    • Demonstrated concern for individuals from diverse backgrounds and their surrounding community
    • Demonstrated use of good judgment, insight, empathy reasoning, ethical behavior and strong personal accountability

* 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 curriculum.


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.

Health requirements

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

All 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.