Students applying to the OTD Program should have the requisite skills and demonstrated potential to navigate the academic rigors of an accelerated and hybrid model of OTD education. Students should be mature adult learners with the ability, initiative, and flexibility to learn and work independently and collectively in online, onsite, and fieldwork environments. Additionally, students should have a reasonable level of technology literacy prior to the start of classes. These attributes prepare students for the demands of a challenging blended-learning curriculum and a dynamic profession.
Admission to the Graduate School at Baylor University is conducted by a formal application process and requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Qualified students will be admitted regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, or disability. Ultimate approval for admission to graduate study is given by the Dean of the Graduate School after careful review of the recommendation from the department to which you have applied.
On March 22, 2016, Baylor University became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement's initiative known as SARA. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, some placements may also be subject to the rules of professional licensing boards, in which case the placement must also meet such requirements. SARA does not supersede professional requirements imposed by such boards. State authorizations can be quite complex depending on the student's home state. Students interested in Baylor University's online programs should check this site for updates, but also follow-up with local licensing agencies to determine any potential concerns within their home state. The following states are currently part of the SARA initiative:
Applicants must know that the occupational therapy doctoral degree alone will not allow the graduate to practice within the field of occupational therapy. Completion of a national certification examination as well as obtaining the appropriate state licensure must be sought following the completion of the academic program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to seek an Early Determination Review from the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) before beginning the academic program when a background check would highlight character aspects that could impact the person’s ability to practice as an occupational therapist (www.nbcot.org)
The program has two application windows for the Class of 2024 beginning in Spring 2023: