COVID-19 Updates for New Applicants
Attention prospective OTD applicants: With unprecedented and evolving changes in higher education caused by COVID-19, there are updates to the admissions process for the 2020-2021 cycle for both the Entry level OTD and the Post Professional OTD programs. Please review the updates on each program's respective page, which can be accessed below.
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Admissions & Application
Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Application Opens: July 18
Program Application Deadline: October 15
BS in OT to Post Professional Doctorate (OTD)
- Fall 2021 Semester
Jul 2, 2020 - Jul 1, 2021
- Fall 2022 Semester
Jul 2, 2021 - Jul 1, 2022
- Fall 2023 Semester
Jul 2, 2022 - Jul 1, 2023
- Fall 2024 Semester
Jul 2, 2023 - Jul 1, 2024
- Fall 2025 Semester
Jul 2, 2024 - Jul 1, 2025
MOT to Post Professional Doctorate (OTD)
- Spring 2021 Semester
Nov 2, 2019 - Nov 1, 2020
- Spring 2022 Semester
Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 1, 2021
- Spring 2023 Semester
Nov 2, 2021 - Nov 1, 2022
- Spring 2024 Semester
Nov 2, 2022 - Nov 1, 2023
- Spring 2025 Semester
Nov 2, 2023 - Nov 1, 2024
Application Process & Specific Prerequisites
Please consult the following web pages detailing specific prerequisites and the application process for each program:
The Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program includes both didactic and clinical courses totaling 114-credit-hours of coursework over a period of 3 years. The first 2 years are on the Galveston campus with the final year at offsite clinical rotations.
The online Bachelor of Science (BS) to Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional program totals 40-credit hours and is designed to be taken part-time over 2 years (6 semesters), plus one (1) preparatory semester. Designed for students who are working full-time as occupational therapists.
The online Master of Science (MOT) to Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional program totals 34-credit hours and students are expected to complete the program over a 2-year span. Students are required to visit campus twice during the course of the program. Designed for students who are simultaneously working as occupational therapists.
The Department of Occupational Therapy demonstrates commitment to the UTMB core values of service, diversity, innovation, community, and education through its process of selecting students into the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), BS to OTD Post Professional and MOT to OTD Post Professional programs. We are committed to serving the health needs of all Texans, to educating a healthcare workforce whose diversity mirrors the population they serve, to doing things in new ways, to making our community a better place to live and work, and to facilitating life long-learning for individuals within our university community.
The Department of Occupational Therapy seeks to admit students who set themselves apart by their high standard of academic achievement, professional qualities, and occupational engagement in activities that suggest a well-rounded character. In particular, we seek those who exhibit self-direction and maturity, have an interest in whole-person learning, and have the ability to unite cognitive, affective, and experiential knowledge