Frequently asked questions
Besides the prerequisites, what are you looking for in an ideal candidate? Accordion Closed
Is the OTD Program at NAU Accredited? Accordion Closed
The NAU entry-level doctorate degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org
Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.® (NBCOT), nbcot.org. Program results from the NBCOT can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/
Where is the program offered? Accordion Closed
Will it ever be offered in Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
What degree will I earn? Accordion Closed
What are the admissions and prerequisite course requirements for the program? Accordion Closed
The admissions requirements can be viewed at: /CHHS/Occupational-Therapy/Admission-Requirements/.
The prerequisite course requirements can be viewed at: /CHHS/Occupational-Therapy/Prerequisite-Requirements/.
Is the minimum 3.0 GPA required for ALL applicants? Accordion Closed
Will courses from other colleges and universities be accepted to meet the prerequisites? Accordion Closed
Does the program accept online courses? Accordion Closed
Will you accept Advanced Placement credits? Accordion Closed
How do I know if the statistics course I take will be acceptable? Accordion Closed
I have graduate level coursework in Anatomy completed at another institution. Do I still need to take the Anatomy course required in this program? Accordion Closed
What OT shadowing experience is required for the application? Accordion Closed
Are any service hours required for the application? Accordion Closed
Must the prerequisites courses be completed at the time of application? Accordion Closed
Is the application process through OTCAS? Accordion Closed
When and how can I apply, and when is the application due? Accordion Closed
OTCAS opens July 21, 2022 and will close April 30, 2023 for this program year. Once the OTCAS application has been submitted, each applicant will be sent the URL for the NAU Graduate College supplemental application is also due at the same time. Without both applications, interested persons may not be interviewed.
The application process requires information about your prior education, health care experience, two letters of recommendation, your resume or CV, and official transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Will an interview be required? If so, when will it occur? Accordion Closed
When will you make decisions about who is accepted into the program? Accordion Closed
How many will be accepted into the program? Accordion Closed
Will there be a wait list for the program? Accordion Closed
Yes, in addition to the individuals who will be selected for admission, other qualified applicants will be wait-listed in the event that positions in the class become available. If a student isn’t selected off the wait-list for an application year, they must reapply for the following year’s application cycle.
Deferrals of acceptances are not permitted unless required for legally-covered or extraordinary reasons.
What are fieldwork rotations and how many hours a week are required? Accordion Closed
What disciplines are covered in fieldwork rotations? Accordion Closed
Can I work while I am in the program? Accordion Closed
Where will the fieldwork rotations be? Accordion Closed
The program will be responsible for the assignment of all fieldwork rotations. Fieldwork rotations will be available throughout Arizona, and in a variety of settings. Students are expected to be flexible and although the program will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate student preferences, students may not always be assigned their choice of sites. When feasible and at the students’ request, placements will be made in locations close to or within the communities where students have ties. This is in support of the programs mission to develop healthcare providers for the underserved areas of Arizona.
Students are responsible for the cost of housing and transportation during this phase of the program.