Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements
Both OTCAS and Puget Sound-specific requirements are listed here. Unless indicated otherwise, all requirements should be submitted via OTCAS.
- Apply online via Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications, along with all supplemental materials, must be submitted by 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on December 1.
- Official transcripts from every college attended - submitted via OTCAS.
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from an OTR, one from a professor, and one from an employer) - submitted via OTCAS.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - submit official scores directly to Puget Sound via ETS (Puget Sound #4067). Scores should not be more than five years old. The last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle is November 1.
- Supplementary Application Fee Payment Form and $50 application fee - submitted directly to Puget Sound via mail. Checks can be made out to University of Puget Sound and should reference the student's full name, OTCAS ID number, and the OT program (For example: "Jane Smith, 20112112939, OT"). This check should be postmarked by December 1.
- Supplemental Essay - submitted directly to Puget Sound via mail, e-mail, or fax by 8:59 p.m. PST on December 1.
- Exposure to practice of occupational therapy (either volunteer or paid) under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist is required. There is no minimum number of hours, but the applicant must demonstrate knowledge across the spectrum of the profession within the supplemental essay.
- Prerequisite course descriptions from all non-Washington institutions attended submitted directly to Puget Sound via e-mail by December 1. (If completing prerequisites at a Washington State Community College, please click here).
- Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants may petition for an exemption to the 10 year recency requirement if they have kept their knowledge current, for example through work experience. Petitions should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Office of Admissions.
- If you are a re-applicant to our program, please send a letter explaining how your application has been strengthened since you first applied.
Please note that in most years more applications are received for the incoming class than there are spaces available, and that admission to the University of Puget Sound does not guarantee admission to the Occupational Therapy Program. Applicants who have been or will be granted an undergraduate degree from Puget Sound, however, and who are competitive within the applicant pool, are offered admission prior to transfer students.
- Completed baccalaureate degree prior to starting occupational therapy classes. Any undergraduate major may lead to the successful study of occupational therapy; you may major in any field that maximizes your talents and interests as there is no preferred major. In fact, the department seeks a diversity of educational backgrounds among its students. A liberal education is a vital component in the preparation of today's health care practitioner.
- Overall GPA of all baccalaureate work of 3.0 or better. If applicant has multiple degrees the GPA of the more recent degree completed is used as qualifier. Completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better will qualify an applicant with a low undergraduate GPA.
- One course in introductory Statistics
- Two sequential Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, preferably with lab
- A total of three (3) courses in Human Behavioral Science/Human Development, distributed as follows:
(a) Human Development through the life span:
Developmental Psychology: Prenatal through Childhood or equivalent and Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through End of Life or equivalent.
Note: It is sometimes possible to meet the Human Development prerequisite within a single course in which case an applicant must have completed 2 courses in category (b) listed below.
(b) Human Behavioral Science courses (one or more courses as needed to complete the three-course Human Behavioral Science/Human Development requirement): Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology at the 200 level or above addressing at least one of the following content areas:
(i) Normal and abnormal behavior of individuals and/or groups;
(ii) The analysis of behavior of individuals and/or groups and their interactions; or
(iii) Culture and mental health.
Questions about distribution of the three Human Behavioral Science/Human Development courses, if taken at another school, should be directed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by a course description including the name of the school and an unofficial transcript if the coursework has been completed.
- Though not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that all applicants take a medical terminology course for a grade (i.e. not pass/fail).
All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade, and you must earn at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. However, in order to be competitive a grade of 3.0 or above is highly recommended.
Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants may petition for an exemption to the 10 year recency requirement if they have kept their knowledge current, for example through work experience. Petitions should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Office of Admissions.
Specific prerequisite courses must be completed before enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Program:
Prerequisite course descriptions from all non-Washington institutions attended submitted directly to Puget Sound via mail, e-mail, or fax by December 1st.
Have questions? Visit the Occupational Therapy FAQ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply and submit documents electronically:
Official transcripts can be mailed to:
OTCAS Verification Department
PO Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
Puget Sound Admission
For items that must be submitted directly to Puget Sound, please use the following contact information:
Office of Admission
1500 N. Warner St.