Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.
Question 1: How many applications do you receive, interviews do you grant, and applicants do you accept in an average year?
You will be applying to join our inaugural class so we currently do not have statistics for the WesternU Oregon OTD program.
Question 2: Do you have an early decision process?
Currently the OTD program does not have an early decision process
Question 3: How many hours of clinical experience are required prior to application?
We are not currently requiring observation hours.
Question 4: Do you give preference to Oregon residents?
Question 5: Do you accept international students?
We cannot accept international students to the Lebanon campus.
Question 6: Can I transfer into your OTD program from another OTD program?
No. We do not accept transfers at this time.
Question 7: Does it matter that I’m older than your average applicant?
No. We encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of age.
Question 8: How do I submit recommendation letters for my application?
Letters of recommendations are a part of the application and are submitted through the OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Central Application Service) system.
Question 9: How does the committee decide which applicants will be offered seats?
The OTD program at WesternU Oregon uses a holistic approach to admissions. Each application is reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. If an applicant is deemed as meeting the minimum requirements, they will be granted an interview. Interviews will take place with several faculty members. Applicants will receive an overall score that includes academic readiness, communication skills, experience, writing ability, letters of recommendation and personal statement. After the committee has interviewed all eligible candidates, they will be assigned a status: admit, alternate, or non-accept. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status by May of the matriculation year. There is no need to call, as applicants will be notified immediately if there is a change in their status.
Question 10: When are acceptance letters and final notifications mailed?
Most final decision letters will be mailed and emailed by the end of May.
Question 11: Will I be required to complete a background check?
Yes. Complete confidence in the honor and integrity of the health professions student and healthcare professional is essential, and students must exhibit honesty and integrity in all aspects of their life. Any prior criminal record of an applicant will be evaluated by the University as part of its determination that the applicant meets the Standards of Professional Conduct. In addition, a prior criminal record may negatively impact a student’s ability to participate in the University’s curriculum. To meet State regulations and hospital accreditation requirements, clinical facilities are requiring students to complete criminal background checks prior to beginning clinical education experiences. Some clinical facilities require a drug test as well. Because of this newer regulation to assure patient safety, students admitted to the OTD program will be required to complete a criminal background check upon acceptance into the program. Certain convictions may prevent students from entering clinical facilities and becoming licensed which may hinder a student’s ability to successfully complete the OTD program. If a criminal conviction or other relevant sanction is shown on the background check, clinical sites may choose not to allow a student to utilize their facilities. If applicable, we encourage you to check with the appropriate State licensing board(s) to determine whether your background may be a barrier to future licensing.
Question 12: Does the OTD program require drug screening tests?
No, however some fieldwork sites may require drug testing prior to starting a rotation.
Question 1: Can I have prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application? How many?
Yes. Acceptance will be contingent upon completion of prerequisite courses. Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2023 for the 2023 entering class)
Question 2: Can I substitute any courses for your prerequisites?
No. Other courses may not be substituted for the required prerequisites.
Question 3: How are repeated courses calculated into the GPA?
When calculating your GPAs, the admissions staff will refer to your official transcripts. First attempt on repeated courses and the grades received will be excluded from calculation of both the overall and prerequisite GPAs.
Question 4: Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply?
Yes. This is a doctoral degree program and thus requires a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. The degree must be conferred by the end of the Spring term prior to matriculation.
Question 5: May I use a single course to satisfy more than one prerequisite?
No, you may not use a single course to satisfy multiple prerequisites. Each prerequisite must be satisfied by a unique course.
Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.
Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the “Upload Materials” section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.
Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click “Start New Application” at the bottom of the page.
Question 4: How do I withdraw my application?
You may withdraw your application by visiting the application status page. Scroll to the bottom of your application and select withdraw my application.