Entry-Level OTD FAQs

GENERAL INFORMATION 
  1. How Do I apply to the U.S. Army-Baylor OTD Program? New Requirement (starting July 2022): All applications must be submitted through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
  2. How do I apply if I am currently serving on Active Duty, in the Reserves, or National Guard? You still must work with an Army Healthcare Recruiter to complete an application packet regardless of your current status. 
  3. Do I also have to apply to Baylor University? No. Do not apply to Baylor University directly. Work with an Army Healthcare Recruiter to complete your application. If selected for the program, you will be advised on all appropriate next steps. 
  4. What is the deadline for program application? Our OTCAS application window opens on 21 July 2022; and the due date for application completion is 15 September 2022 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Our goal is to review your application as soon as possible, but we can only review applications that are verified by OTCAS. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their application becomes "verified" in OTCAS. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, please contact OTCAS. The verification process may take up to 5 weeks.
    After an individual applies through OTCAS (Phase 1), if they are academically approved by the program, they will continue to Phase 2 requiring weekly communication with their local Army Medical Recruiting Office.
  5. If I am accepted into the program, am I responsible for a deposit or tuition? No. There is no upfront cost for the program. However, students incur a 90 months service obligation (30 months of training followed by 60 months of active duty service). Attendees can expect to pay for books (minus service provided stipend), supplies, school graduation fees, national certification fees and state licensure registration fees. Students are required to have personal laptop computer and mobile device.
  6. Do I have to join the U.S. Army to be in this program? Yes. If selected for this Active Duty Program, you will receive a direct commission in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. You will be serving on active duty status while completing the OTD program and during your service obligation.
  7. Is the U.S. Army-Baylor OTD Program accredited?  The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 

The program was granted Candidacy Status to admit students. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Questions regarding program accreditation may be directed to ACOTE® at: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

 

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK AND ADMISSIONS
  1. What are the minimum requirements for admission? Please click here for a full and detailed list of admission requirements and prerequisite coursework.
  2. Do I have to take the GRE? Yes. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the board. Minimum overall GRE score of 300; Minimum verbal GRE score of 145; Minimum quantitative GRE score of 149; Minimum analytical writing GRE score of 3.5.
  3. Can I still submit a packet if I haven’t taken the GRE? You do not need to have the GRE completed in order to begin the application process with your local recruiter. You do need a GRE examination record in order for your packet to be complete. Under certain circumstances the GRE requirement may be waived during the application submission, but acceptance into the OTD program will be contingent upon completion of the GRE examination.
  4. Is volunteer or work experience in occupational therapy required in order to apply?  Yes. Applicants must also complete a minimum of 24 observation hours in Occupational Therapy as a volunteer or employee. We recommend these be completed at a nearby Military Treatment Facility if possible.
  5. When applying to this program, can I still have prerequisites in progress?  Yes. You may apply with prerequisites in progress. You must be able to provide documentation showing that prerequisites will be completed prior to the deadline to arrive on station if accepted into the OTD program. You must also provide an updated set of transcripts documenting a passing grade in prerequisite courses which are in progress at the time of acceptance. Your acceptance to the OTD program will be contingent upon passing the remaining prerequisite(s) with a grade of C or better. 
  6.  Can I substitute a similar course for one or more of the prerequisites?  The U.S. Army-Baylor OTD Admissions Committee may consider requests for course substitutions on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must submit the course description and syllabus for review.
  7. Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?  Yes. All prerequisite coursework must have been completed no more than 10 years from the application deadline. Contact ArmyBaylorOTD@baylor.edu for more information if your prerequisite completion date exceeds the 10 year requirement by a few months.

 

PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION
  1. How long is the program? The program consists of 18 months of in-residence academic graduate education located at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence in San Antonio, TX, followed by 12 months of clinical fieldwork and capstone experience located at various Military Treatment Facilities across the continental United States. 
  2. What sets the U.S. Army-Baylor’s OTD program apart from other programs? Students in the Army-Baylor OTD program are provided the unique opportunity to complete a graduate level program while serving on active duty. Students are commissioned officers, and therefore receive a salary during the program in addition to paying no tuition. Also, this program offers exclusive experiences related to working with the military population while still preparing individuals for the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy as fully qualified OTs
  3. What is the minimum GPA for successful completion of the OTD program? Students are required to maintain an overall 3.00 GPA to successfully complete the program.
  4. What types of settings will I be exposed to during my fieldwork education experiences?  The phase II fieldwork training is performed at Military Treatment Facilities (hospitals) under the supervision of an internship director and clinical instructors. 
  5. Can I complete my fieldwork experiences close to where I live? Fieldwork assignments are based on the programs affiliation with specific Military Treatment Facilities. Therefore, assignments will be specific to these locations and will require students to relocate on a permanent change of station during the 12 months of fieldwork. This travel is funded by the Army. 
  6. Can I work while in the program?  No. Students will be on active duty status during the program and will receive a salary. They are not permitted to have additional civilian employment.