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Enrollment Periods

There will be one enrollment period each year, with all students beginning the program in late August (admission is rolling until full).

Start Your Application Online at OTCAS

Application Deadline:

  • The Fall 2022 OTCAS Application opens July 22, 2021. Rolling Admissions with Limited Space - Apply Now!
  • Submit your OTCAS Application by May 27th!

Interview Dates:

  • Interviews begin in the Fall and will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled. Notification of an admissions decision will be given within 10 days after the interview. A deposit is required to confirm your decision to attend Roberts and hold your seat.
  • Feel free to schedule an individual appointment with Marissa Kocher, Admissions Coordinator, or call/text her at 585.454.9077.


The Admissions Committee looks for candidates with a strong liberal arts background and completion of the following prerequisite coursework with grades of B minus (B-) or better:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (4 credits)
  • General Science with lab (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan or Human Development (3 credits)
  • Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (at least 1 credit)- highly recommended
  • Research Methods (3 credits) – highly recommended

Candidates must have completed the above prerequisites within the last ten years.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to submitting an application through OTCAS, the following items are required to be submitted for admission:

  • Official Transcripts: Submitted through OTCAS (see details below). Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Studies must include three or more years of undergraduate or graduate coursework. 
    • Students in the final year of completion of a Bachelor's degree or who have completed a Bachelor's degree may apply to the program. 
    • All Bachelor's coursework is to be completed before the start of the program.
  • No Standardized Test Score Required. NOTE: If you submit GRE scores, they must be submitted via OTCAS by listing Roberts Wesleyan College's GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code, 2759, as a score recipient.
  • GPA: Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Prerequisite Coursework: Submitted through OTCAS. Must be completed within ten years preceding entrance into the graduate program or based on Program Director review. Please view the prerequisite coursework tab in OTCAS for a list of requirements. NOTE: The Admissions Committee looks for candidates with prerequisite coursework with grades of B minus (B-) or better. 
  • Observation Hours: Evidence of a minimum of 30 hours of clinical observation or comparable experience, volunteer work, and/or work with an occupational therapist practitioner. Given the current restrictions related to the pandemic, alternative experiential opportunities will be considered.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: Submitted via OTCAS
    • (1) from a healthcare provider-- preferably a licensed occupational therapist
    • (2) from college or graduate professors who can speak to the candidate’s academic capabilities. 
  • One (1) Short-Answer Essay: A personal statement submitted through OTCAS. NOTE: An essay of two (2) or more pages (double spaced) would be considered competitive. 
  • Interview: Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis.

Admissions Process

    • Submit your complete and verified OTCAS Application for Roberts Wesleyan College. NOTE: this includes all supplemental questions on OTCAS.
      • Following the completion and verification of an OTCAS application, a representative from the Roberts Wesleyan College admissions team will be in touch!
    • Once received, all applications are reviewed by an admissions committee.
    • Eligible candidates will be invited for an individual interview with faculty.
    • Notification of an admissions decision will be given within 10 days after the interview.
    • A deposit is required to confirm your decision to attend Roberts and hold your seat.

Visit the OTCAS Portal to create your OTCAS account, complete the OTCAS application, and submit your transcript and references.


Send official transcripts directly to OTCAS:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

If you have courses still in progress when you submit the OTCAS application, please send a revised copy of your official transcript directly to Roberts Wesleyan College after those courses are completed. Prior to enrollment, please send these transcripts to:

Roberts Wesleyan College
Attn: Graduate Admissions (OTD)
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624-1997

After You Submit Your Application, Transcript, and References

Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to Roberts Wesleyan College. Please note that the admissions team at Roberts Wesleyan College will not review your application until your application reaches verified status on OTCAS.

Following the completion of an OTCAS application, a representative from the Roberts Wesleyan College admissions team will connect with you.

For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at (617) 612-2860 or otcasinfo@otcas.org.

For other questions and assistance, please contact Robert Wesleyan College's graduate admissions office at (585) 594-6024 or OTD@Roberts.edu.

Transfer Credit

Graduate credit earned in another regionally-accredited college or university and carrying a grade of B or better may be transferable toward an advanced degree at Roberts Wesleyan College if it forms an integral part of the degree program and is approved by the OTD Admissions Committee.  Applicants to the program may transfer up to 15 credits from another regionally-accredited college or university graduate program in which they were matriculated graduate students in good standing.  When a student who has completed coursework at another college transfers to Roberts Wesleyan College, only credits are transferred—no transfer grades are recorded nor counted in the cumulative grade point average.  Academic credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience.

Graduate credit earned in accredited graduate schools and carrying a grade of B or better will be transferable toward an advanced degree at Roberts Wesleyan College to the extent that the student can demonstrate correspondence to a course(s) in the Roberts OTD degree program.  This correspondence can be demonstrated by students providing catalog course descriptions, course syllabi, and, upon request, completed assignments for the courses being considered for transfer.

The program director, in collaboration with the faculty committee, will compare the content of the intended transferring syllabi to our program's comparable syllabi.  The content of the transferring course must meet all ACOTE standards and be of comparable course rigor contained within the potentially waived course for the transfer of credit equal to the potentially waived course to be given.  The program director will then determine the transferability of course credit.

Decisions regarding credit transfer are made independent of admissions decisions.   Matriculation as a transfer student into the OTD program at Roberts Wesleyan College requires admission according to the procedures and standards outlined above.

Other Important Information

Occupational Therapy is a physically demanding profession that requires a certain level of physical ability which will be necessary for successful performance in fieldwork settings.

Immunization and evidence of physical health may be required by some fieldwork sites.

NBCOT Certification A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination which is required to obtain state licensure. For more certification information go to the program and practice tab or visit https://www.nbcot.org/.

Technology requirements can be found here.

Need Housing? If you are in need of housing while studying at Roberts, please contact AGE-Admissions@roberts.edu for a list of housing options near campus or visit www.roberts.edu/GradHousing for on-campus housing for full-time, graduate students.

Application Questions:

Call: 585.594.6024 | 800.777.4792 (toll free) | Email: OTD@Roberts.edu