Frequently Asked Questions

Considering the Occupational Therapy Program? Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about Occupational Therapy.

What is it like to attend a Christian College?

Imagine learning in a place where you're constantly surrounded by faculty and staff who genuinely care about you and your individual goals, and who continuously pour their time and expertise into helping you succeed. As a community committed to a rich Christian heritage and God-honoring diversity, we believe the best education addresses each person in his or her entirety—as a physical, psychological, social, rational, and spiritual being.

Our students come from many different faith backgrounds and carry different religious and spiritual perspectives. As a Roberts student, you can trust and know that you are welcome, and that your thoughts, faith perspective, and/or worldview will always be respected, whatever your path at Roberts.

From time-to-time, our faculty and staff may pray for you, for your class, or even with you (if desired), especially during difficult times. You will never have to face anything alone at Roberts.

What are the advantages of earning a doctoral (OTD) degree as opposed to a master’s degree?

A master’s degree will prepare you for a generalist practice and direct care provider of occupational therapy services.  A doctoral degree also prepares you for generalist practice and has a capstone sequence that involves in-depth knowledge exposure in an area of interest which can be clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development. 

OTD graduates are more likely to be educators, own their own business, and be involved in scholarly research and professional presentations and publications and receive awards and grants and teaching (Smallfield, Flanigan, & Sherman, 2019). As an OTD, you are prepared for professional engagement and advancement to leadership.

May I schedule a visit to campus?

COVID-19 Requirements for Visitors - please see our Roberts Restart page for details.

NOTE: all visitors must have permission before visiting campus.

We're always glad to have visitors if you are in Rochester, NY, and take a look at Roberts Wesleyan College and tour our facilities. Simply contact our admissions office at 585.594.6771 | 800.777.4792 (toll-free) or email: OTD@roberts.edu to schedule an appointment during business hours (9am-5pm | M-F). You can also register for an online informational session too. 

Do you offer scholarships or other financial aid?

Scholarships are not available through Roberts Wesleyan College.  Students typically fund tuition through loans or private sources. All questions concerning financial aid should be directed to our Student Financial Services department.

For questions concerning federal and state financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at studentfinancial@roberts.edu or call 585-594-6150.

How long will it take to complete the OTD program?

The OTD program is a full-time, eight-term program over three years. This includes two summers that focus on distance learning and fieldwork which can be completed outside of the Rochester area. 

What is the normal course load for a doctoral student?

Roberts Wesleyan College has a rigorous OTD curriculum which includes 18 to 19 credit hours per semester, less in the summer. The coursework requires significant time outside of class dedicated to research, projects, reading, studying, and writing.  The expectation is that there is not enough time to work a job while attending the OTD program. 

What is a typical weekly class schedule?

Classes and fieldwork experiences typically will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evening or weekend special event may occur on a very infrequent basis.

Can I enroll as a part-time student?

Part-time enrollment is not advised. The OTD program is designed as a cohort group where students complete a series of courses full-time in sequence. The third-year allows for part-time study at no less than 50% minimum time for Fieldwork II and the capstone experiential component. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. Part-time status would delay graduation accordingly, which would delay the graduate’s ability to take the NBCOT certification exam.  

Is a bachelor's degree required to start the OTD program?

Yes. Our OTD program is designed for students who currently hold a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree are in the process of earning one prior to the start of OTD classes. 

What types of bachelor's degrees are acceptable for entry into the program?

Students holding bachelor’s degrees from any discipline are welcome to apply as long as they complete the specified occupational therapy prerequisites. 

Is a specific major required?

We do not require a specific major to apply for our program, as long as the prerequisites are completed.

What prerequisites are required to start the OTD program?

  • 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)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (at least 1 credit)highly recommended
  • Research Methods (3 credits) – highly recommended

Can I apply while I am in the process of completing my prerequisites?

Yes. It is common to be finishing up prerequisite courses when you apply. Students may be accepted on a provisional basis until all pre-requisites are met.   Prerequisites must be completed prior to full admission. You will need to submit your final transcripts to Roberts Wesleyan College prior to starting the OTD program to demonstrate successful completion of the prerequisites with a grade of B or better. 

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We annually admit up to 32 students each August for a fall start. 

What is Roberts Wesleyan College OTD program’s accreditation status?

The Roberts Wesleyan College applicant entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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. We anticipate receiving candidacy status in spring of 2021 and would accept our first class of students in fall of 2021. 

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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).

Are GRE scores required 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. See our admissions page for more information.