Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Admissions & Application

Enrollment Periods

There will be one enrollment period each year, with all students beginning the program in late August.  The Admissions Committee will adhere to the following admissions timeline:


Apply Early and Save:

  • Apply by 2/12/21 - save $1000
  • Apply by 4/16/21 - save $750
  • Apply by 6/4/21 - save $500

Preview/Interview Dates:

  • January 15, 2021
  • March 19, 2021
  • May 21, 2021
  • July 9, 2021

Other Important Dates:

  • Program Launch Year – 2021-2022
  • Application Deadline – Rolling Admissions (OTCAS website opened in July of 2020)
  • Notification to Candidate by Committee – May 2021
  • Commitment and Deposit required from Candidate – Two weeks post acceptance letter


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

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (4 credits)
  • Introductory Biology with lab (4 credits)
  • 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

  • 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 Roberts Wesleyan College Applicant entry-level OTD Courses.
  • A series of prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years preceding entrance into the graduate program or based on Program Director review.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed by the OTD program starting coursework.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (B) on a scale of 4.00.
  • The requirement for competitive GRE scores is waived for fall 2021.
  • Evidence of a minimum of 30 hours are required that include observing, volunteering, or working with an occupational therapy practitioner. Alternative experiential opportunities will be considered. Please contact the OTD Admissions Team with any questions or concerns.

Technology Requirements can be found here.


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


Three letters of reference (one from a healthcare provider- preferably a licensed occupational therapist, and two from college or graduate professors who can speak to the candidate's academic capabilities)- submitted electronically through the OTCAS.

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

For other questions and assistance, please contact Robert Wesleyan College's graduate admissions office at (585) 594-6730 or

  • The submission of GRE scores is on hold fall 2021. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on GRE testing opportunities, the requirement for a competitive GRE has been waived. We understand that obtaining a GRE score could be challenging in the present circumstances, and we want to keep our potential students safe.
    • Submit GRE scores for fall 2022. In addition to the application, recommendations, and transcripts you submit to OTCAS, please remember that Roberts Wesleyan College must also receive official GRE scores prior to enrollment by June 1. GRE scores must be submitted via OTCAS by listing Roberts Wesleyan College's GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code, 2759, as a score recipient.
  • Interviews are mostly being held virtually fall 2021. However, we remain available for in-person visits as state and local regulations permit.
    • Interview for fall 2022. Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with a faculty member. Opportunities for individual interviews and a writing sample will be offered on OT Preview Days.

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.

Application Process

Roberts Wesleyan College receives and reviews applications for the Applicant Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program and initial applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). This includes information from all previously attended university or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, OT observation hours, personal essay and supplemental materials. Following the completion of an OTCAS application, a representative from the Roberts Wesleyan College admissions team will reach out and welcome you to complete the Roberts College supplemental application.


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

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

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Application Questions:

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