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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.

  • Application Process

    Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

    The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

    Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

    The OTD program at Western University uses a holistic admissions process. What this means is that consideration is given to the applicant’s experiences, background, attributes, competencies, and academic or scholarly achievements. All of these are evaluated and considered in combination and viewed from the perspective of how the individual might contribute value to profession and WesternU’s mission. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they can academically handle the rigors of a doctorate program, be able to verbally communicate clearly and concisely and demonstrate the ability to connect with others. A competitive candidate will have diverse life and leadership experience.

    Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

    To apply, please go to:

    Applications will only be accepted through the OTCAS system. The application portal for the upcoming year will open in June.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process,and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions

  • Prerequisite Courses

    Science Prerequisites

    All Science prerequisites must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to matriculation at WesternU Oregon Semester Quarter
    Human Anatomy with lab 4 6
    Human Physiology with lab 4 6
    Anatomy & Physiology may be combined, but must be 2 quarters or 2 semesters

    Non-Science Prerequisites

    Semester Quarter
    3 Psychology courses (including Abnormal Psychology) 3 each 4 each
    English Composition or writing 3 4
    Statistics 2 3
    Human Development or Lifespan 3 4
    One course in the Humanities or Social Sciences (Anthropology; Philosophy; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group dynamics. literature) 3 4

    All ​Prerequisites:

    • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
    • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
    • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2023 for the 2023 entering class)
    • All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to World Education Services for evaluation
  • Application Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree
      • BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
      • Degree must be conferred by end of spring term prior to matriculation
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
    • Three professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from friends and family will NOT be accepted
    • Interview
      • Required for qualified applicants
      • Writing sample- timed and proctored
    • Proof of health insurance (once accepted)
    • Grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses

    At this time, we are not able to accept international students.

  • Technology Requirements

    The following system recommendations and minimum technology requirements apply to all students pursuing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Western University- Oregon. The following recommendations are made to ensure your success as an OTD student. Please contact the department with any questions or concerns regarding your system’s compliance.

    All students in the OTD program are responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please use this information to help in making decisions regarding the purchase of a system for study.

    Students will use their laptop computers to perform the following tasks:

    • Accessing and downloading course files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
    • Uploading assignment files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
    • Taking quizzes and exams.
    • Posting to discussion boards.
    • Accessing resources through different browsers.
    • Taking notes/annotating resources.
    • Presenting student-created files/media through a data projector.
    • Use of a functioning microphone and camera.
    • Course- or program-related meetings using applications requiring audio and video (e.g. Moodle, Zoom, etc.).
    • Saving your notes and coursework to online cloud storage or an external storage device.
    • High-speed access to the internet.
    • Hardware Requirements and Recommendations

    Minimum Requirements:

    • 120 GB Hard Drive
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Core i3 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
    • Webcam and Microphone
    • High-speed Wi-Fi connection

    Minimum Recommended Specifications:

    • 250 GB Solid State (SSD) Hard Drive
    • 8 GB RAM
    • Core i5 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
    • Webcam and Microphone
    • High-speed Wi-Fi connection obtained either at home
    • Software Requirements and Recommendations

    Recommended Specifications:

    • Windows 10 or Mac OS (latest version)
    • Microsoft Office (latest version) (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) Students will be able to download any of the Microsoft Office suite applications for use for free while they are an actively enrolled student.
    • Google Chrome *Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are NOT recommended
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
    • Antivirus Program (updated regularly)

    General Recommendations:

    Students should not rely entirely on a tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook to complete your online classes.

    Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will allow you to download documents in Microsoft Office format. It is still recommended that you have a copy of Microsoft Office to avoid any issues with compatibility or formatting.