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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need the GRE to apply to this program?

This requirement was been waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle due to COVID-19 interruptions of GRE test sites. It is normally required.

What do I need to apply to the OTD program?

A minimum overall and pre-requisite GPA of 3.0

40 hours of volunteer/shadowing experience with at least two different licensed OT’s

Completion of the prerequisite courses listed on our website under prerequisite courses

How will my courses transfer from another school to WVU?

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. To find out if your pre-requisite courses will transfer:

  • Go to edu
  • Type transfer equivalency system, in the search box, top of page
  • Click on your school to view course equivalency

When do I apply to the OTD program?

Our application period is August 1st through October 31st each year. Applications are submitted through the OTCAS system.

Students are admitted in December and begin classes in May. All prerequisite courses and the Bachelor’s degree must be completed by the end of the spring semester before the start of OT classes.

How many years is the OTD program?

The OTD program is 36 months continuous (year round) enrollment.

What are the differences between the entry-level OTD program and the MOT program?

The OTD program in intended for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree or who desire advanced preparation for a career in OT. Students in the OTD program will experience a greater focus on professional scholarship, advocacy, and leadership.  Students in the OTD program also complete an additional Doctoral Capstone Experiential to help prepare them to pursue a unique personal or professional interest area.

What is the Accreditation Status of the WVU OTD Program?

The West Virginia University 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), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 30852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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.

Interested students should review the Prospective Applicant Letter.   

The timeline for the Accreditation process for the OTD is as follows:

August 14 - Candidacy Application Due

December 2020 - ACOTE Candidacy Application Decision

December 2020 - Student may be notified of acceptance into the program

May 2021 - First Class Starts

November 1, 2022 - Initial Report of Self-Study Due

April 2023 - ACOTE Decision on Pre-accreditation Review of Self-Study

June 2023 - First Class Begins Level II Fieldwork

August-November 2023 - Initial On-Site Evaluation Time frame

December 2023 - ACOTE Review of ROSE and Accreditation Decision

January 2024 - First Class Begins Doctoral-Level Capstone Component

May 2024 - First Class Graduates

2024 - NBCOT Certification Examination