Admission Requirements

COVID 19 Accommodations

Some admissions criteria have temporarily changed in response to COVID-19 for those applicants applying for the January 2022 start:

  • If the cumulative GPA is less than 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.
  • Pass/Fail grades accepted for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.
  • Observation hours waived.
  • Recommendation letter from an Occupational Therapy practitioner is waived.
  • Applicants may complete the GRE at-home option.

Admission Criteria: 

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission may be granted pending completion of the degree.
  • Complete pre-requisite courses: 
    • "B-" or above in each course is preferred. 
    • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
    • It is strongly recommended that an applicant completes 19 credits of pre-requisite course work prior to submitting an application. All pre-requisite course work must be complete before starting the program.
    • If a pre-requisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The pre-requisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
  • If cumulative GPA is less than 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years.
  • Provide three references.  It is preferred that one of your recommendations be from a licensed occupational therapy practitioner. Applicants arrange for references to be submitted electronically through OTCAS. Each evaluator providing a reference will be contacted using an email address provided in OTCAS by the applicant.
  • Complete an approved Background Check and Drug Screening prior to matriculation.
  • Complete an admission interview. Applicants are invited for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam for applicants for whom English is not their first language or those who have completed a degree and pre-requisite courses outside of the United States.
  • Demonstrate the ability to fulfill the Technical Standards for admission.

Notes:

  • In addition to the OTCAS application fee a $50 processing fee must be submitted directly to Baylor.
  • All courses within the professional didactic and clinical curriculum are required for completion of the OTD degree program.
  • Baylor does not grant advanced placement credit for experiential learning, or transfer credits from other programs or institutions.

Pre-requisite Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits, lab required)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits lab required)
  • Kinesiology, Biomechanics or Physics (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development (lifespan) (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences (200-level) (6 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)

We can help you understand the application processes and prerequisites. For specific questions about your application, reach out to admissions@onlineotd.baylor.edu.  If you are a Baylor student check out the resources provided here.

If you are still exploring whether OTD is the right career choice for you, check out the resources provided here.

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. An individual, who has a felony background and is considering entering an occupational therapy program, can have his or her background reviewed prior to applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Students/Services#EarlyDetermination