WVU plans for phased return to campuses for fall 2020 semester. Visit Return to Campus: Health Sciences for information. Visit coronavirus.wvu.edu for the latest regarding COVID-19.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Application Process

The application will open in August of 2020 for admission to the first class in May of 2021 and close at the end of October.  The initial class size in 2021 will be 20 students.  

Interviews will be held in November and all notifications of admission will be sent in December.  

Admission Requirements

To apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the OTCAS application.

  • Completion (or expected by the OTD start date) of a Baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • Competition of all three sections of the GRE.  The GRE is being waived for the 2021 admission cycle due to COVID-19.

  • An overall 3.00 grade point average on all college course work.

  • An overall pre-requisite course work grade point average of 3.0. (See side menu for list of pre-requisite courses).

  • No more than two pre-requisite courses left to complete during the spring semester preceding admission in May.

  • Minimum of 40 hours of occupational therapy observation. Must be completed in two settings. Verification of hours is required by the supervising occupational therapist. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care facility operations, the therapist observation requirement is being waived for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. Students who have completed observation hours may submit them with their application. 

  • Completion of a statement (750 words maximum) indicating why you have selected occupational therapy as a career path, a description of previous experiences supportive of your career choice, a description of your personal attributes, and a description of career goals, including area of practice.

  • Two recommendation letters (Professional, Academic or Personal/Non-Relative) that speak to your skills, knowledge, aptitude related to becoming an occupational therapist.

  • A resume or CV.
  • Selected students will receive an offer to interview.  Admission offers will be made following interviews.  Classes will begin May of each year.

Credit for Previous Coursework / Work Experience: Due to the sequential nature and learning goals of the OTD curriculum, all students admitted to the OTD Program will be required to complete the full curriculum. The West Virginia University OTD Program will not give credit for occupational therapy coursework completed at any other university toward the OTD degree. Transfer credit will only be considered for undergraduate prerequisite coursework. The Program will also not give credit for any work experience toward the OTD degree.

English Proficiency Update:

If you did not complete your bachelor's degree in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand you must meet the minimum score requirements. 

WVU’s minimum score requirements for English proficiency are: 

  • Academic  IELTS: 6.5 
  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (WVU accepts MyBest scores)
  • PTE Academic: 53
  • Duolingo English Test: 105

For more information on WVU's English proficiency requirements, please visit the International Graduate Application website: https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply/apply-for-2020-2021/international-graduate-applicant

Once admitted and following completion of the classroom, clinical, and experiential portion of the educational program the student will receive an Occupational Therapy Doctor degree. The program runs 36 months and students graduate in May. 

All aspects of the application and admissions process for the OTD program operate consistent with West Virginia University’s commitment to non-discrimination, cultural diversity, and inclusion. West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and inter-community outreach. The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The university does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities. Full description and contacts at: https://diversity.wvu.edu/equity-assurance