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Application cycle for May 2024 is OPEN!

The School of Occupational Therapy (ACHE OT) has a limited number of spaces; therefore, the admission process is competitive. The admission process, which reflects ACHE’s mission, employs a rigorous review process in order to provide an individualized and holistic evaluation of every application. Each applicant is assessed based on achievements and potential in a broad range of categories. These categories include:

  • Shared ideals of the ACHE School of Occupational Therapy mission
  • Strength of educational performance and potential for academic success
  • Commitment to intellectual and professional engagement

ACHE OT accepts applications annually beginning with the opening of the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application cycle. Early application is recommended, as ACHE OT runs on a rolling admission process – we start offering admission early in the cycle. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent residency card. ACHE does not accept international students.


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation 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.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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