Occupational Therapy

Admissions & Application

Application Deadlines

Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Application Opens: July 21
Program Application Deadline: OTCAS Deadline March 29, 2024

Application Process & Specific Prerequisites

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.

Applications will be open through OTCAS, the centralized OT application system. Our program has a rolling admissions process; applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the class of 60 is filled and the alternate list is complete.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for the first round of selection. Interviews will be held September through December 2023.

Please consult the Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy web page detailing specific prerequisites and the application process. Under the Application Process section, read bullet #7 for our rolling admissions policy.


The Department of Occupational Therapy demonstrates commitment to the UTMB core values of service, belonging, innovation, community, and education through its process of selecting students into the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. We are committed to serving the health needs of all Texans, to educating a healthcare workforce which 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.

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