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Occupational Therapy Admission and Program Standards

Candidates for the entry-level Master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy include traditional and non-traditional students. Entry into the professional curriculum of the Master’s degree program can be accomplished in three different ways, depending on the academic status of the applicant.

  • Candidates with Baccalaureate degrees can enter directly into the OT professional curriculum upon successful completion of admission requirements including prerequisite coursework.
  • OTAs and other transfer students who do not have Baccalaureate degrees can apply for entry into the OT professional curriculum after successful completion of prerequisite courses and a minimum of 60 credits of Liberal Arts coursework, which include the College’s General Education Curriculum.
  • Other applicants may enter a three-year or a two-year OT pre-professional curriculum at Dominican College, which will provide general education and will meet all of the Occupational Therapy Master’s program prerequisites. After completing this pre-professional curriculum, students may apply for admission to the Master’s Program.


All candidates for the Occupational Therapy program must be admitted to the College through the Office of Admissions prior to initiating the admissions process for Occupational Therapy. After a candidate is admitted to the College, the Academic Studies Coordinators in the Occupational Therapy Program provide course advisement, course approval, and continuing guidance during the student’s remaining prerequisite coursework and throughout the course of study in the Occupational Therapy program.

All applicants must complete the following prerequisites prior to admission to the OT Entry-Level Master’s program. Courses previously taken at other institutions may be transferred with the exception of the courses indicated by an asterisk.

Anatomy and Physiology I

    Anatomy and Physiology II 

    Introduction to Statistics or Psychological Statistics 

  General Psychology I or equivalent
Developmental Psychology I 
Developmental Psychology II
Abnormal Psychology
Group Dynamics
Topics in Physics*/Physics
Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy Practice*
Overview of Occupational Therapy  Practice for COTAs*
Introduction to Occupational Therapy  Diverse Background Students*

*Must be taken at Dominican College

This statement of prerequisites is subject to amendment in two respects:


  1. Writing proficiency is critical in the profession of Occupational Therapy, and Dominican College is committed to providing its students with the kind of preparation that will assist them in the program and in their later careers; thus, all students are required to provide an on-site writing sample as part of the Program’s admission process. As a result, students may be required to enroll in one or more writing courses.
  2. The Anatomy & Physiology Challenge Examination is required for all applicants who took Anatomy & Physiology courses more than five years before application to the program at Dominican College. Students who fail this challenge exam will be required to take Anatomy & Physiology I and II.


Admission Standards 

Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and meet the following additional grade criteria:


  •  Science prerequisites require a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, with no grade lower than a B- (2.7) for any individual science course.
  • Other liberal arts prerequisites must be completed with no grade lower than a C (2.0) for any individual course and with the minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 for all coursework.
  • Students must earn a B or better in OT 421, Introduction to OT Practice, or OT 431, Overview of OT Practice, and a B- or better in OT 532, Kinesiology in OT Practice, to be considered for admission into the Master’s program.


Sequence of Steps to Apply for the Graduate Program 


  1. Apply to Dominican College through the Office of Admissions (Use undergraduate application form – indicate interest in occupational therapy).
  2. Submit all sealed official transcripts from any college attended to the DC Office of Admissions or have the transcripts forwarded from you other school’s Registrar and forward any updates to the credit evaluation and follow up with your transfer counselor for about transfer courses that occur after your  Initial Credit Evaluation.  Submit copies of all updates/transfer credits to Occupational Therapy. 
  3. Admissions Transfer Counselors determine which courses qualify for transfer to Dominican College and send your Dominican Acceptance Letter and a copy of your Evaluation of Credits.
  4. Once accepted, students call their assigned Faculty Coordinator of Academics and Fieldwork to establish an appropriate timeline to apply through OTCAS and to complete the coursework.
  5. Schedule an appointment for your Math and English placement exams with the Learning Resource Center at (845) 848-4056 (English Placement is requirement. No exceptions).
  6. Submit English Placement Results to the Occupational Therapy Program. 
  7. Students with accepted college level transfer courses, equivalent to MA112 or MA113 levels are exempt from taking the math placement exam, but will follow the DC Math Sequence (ie., MA112 - MA113 - MA225), depending on which math courses transferred.
  8. Candidates from non-English speaking countries must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign *Language (TOEFL’s core of 80 or higher is necessary). For information contact the Admissions department at admissions@dc.edu  or call 1 (866) 4DC-INFO or 1 (866) 432-4636.



Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

Application to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program is a separate process through The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS) at https://portal.otcas.org, 

When should I apply through OTCAS? Once you have confirmed your eligibility status with your Coordinator of Academics and Fieldwork.  OTCAS application fees are non-refundable. 
OTCAS Graduate Occupational Therapy Program Application Process
The Occupational Therapy program subscribes to The Occupational Therapy Centralized Application    
Service (OTCAS).  To learn more about OTCAS or to access the OTCAS Application once you have confirmed your eligibility to apply with your Coordinator of Academics and Fieldwork, visit the OTCAS website. Access to the OTCAS is through the portal at   https://portal.otcas.org,     
The OTCAS Application Process opens mid-July, for applicants applying for the Fall  (September) Class of the following year. 
The application deadline is February 1 of the year you plan to enter.  

Professional Curriculum and Academic Standards 

Students must comply with the standards and policies set forth by the College, the Occupational Therapy program, and the profession throughout their academic tenure. An advantage of a weekend course format is that it allows students to pursue educational goals while continuing their daily workplace arrangements. Students are cautioned, however, that long work hours are generally incompatible with success in the Program, which requires extensive study time. The professional program cannot consider competing work obligations as a substitute for the maintenance of academic standards. In particular, it is a matter of policy that absence for more than the equivalent of one weekend will necessitate a non-passing grade for any professional course.

Program of Study 

The entry-level Master’s Occupational Therapy curriculum for students who have diverse educational backgrounds requires the students’ participation in seven trimesters of academic work (a minimum of 65 semester hours). In recognition of their professional experience, the curriculum for students who are OTAs is taught over six trimesters and requires twelve fewer credits. Both program tracks require the completion of two three-month, three credit clinical affiliations.

The student will enter the program with a basic knowledge in the liberal arts and specified prerequisites in the social sciences and natural sciences. A prerequisite course, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, will ensure that all diverse-background students have a basic understanding of the profession’s history, philosophy, and domains of concern. The prerequisite course Overview of OT Practice provides OTA students with a solid foundation in theory, clinical reasoning, and frames of reference to facilitate a successful transition from a technical level of knowledge and skill to professional-level education. The curriculum design incorporates a liberal arts foundation, a core of natural and social science courses, a sequence of professional courses, and fieldwork in Occupational Therapy. The program leads to a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree.

Certification Examination 

Students are eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) upon completion of the fieldwork experiences.  However, a student’s ability to sit for the certification examination as well as obtain licensure may be affected if a student has “been charged with or convicted of a felony… (or) found by a court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful  or intentional misconduct” resulting in harm to another.