A A Email Print Share

Admission Pathways


Freshman Admission

6-year Entry-Level OTD

If you are interested in applying as a freshman, please visit the Admissions web site. Admission into the Occupational Therapy program at the freshman level is highly-competitive and will require a minimum Q.P.A. of at least a 3.0, a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,100 if the test was taken prior to March 2016, or for tests taken March 2016 and later, a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,170; or a composite ACT score of at least 24 (admitted freshman usually have test scores much higher than the minimum), a minimum of seven units of math and science, evidence of extracurricular activity during high school, and knowledge of the profession.


Transfer Admission

If you are interested in applying as a transfer student and have not earned your baccalaureate, please visit our transfer page. Please be advised that space in our program is extremely limited and in most semesters we do not offer admission to transfer students. Prospective transfer students must also have a minimum Q.P.A. of at least a 3.0, a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,100 if the test was taken prior to March 2016, or for tests taken March 2016 and later, a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,170; or a composite ACT score of at least 24.


Graduate Admission

3-year Entry-Level OTD

This program is for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree, and is a three-year Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and apply for state licensure.

Post-Professional OTD

This program is for practitioners who have earned an MS degree and who are currently working in the Occupational Therapy field.The Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy prepares practitioners with advanced skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance their current practice, to innovate in both traditional and role emerging areas of practice and to confidently pursue career paths in administration, as a clinical specialist, or in higher education. OTD candidates are individually mentored as they chart their path of study, generate opportunities and create tangible products reflecting their growing expertise. 


Technical Standards/Performace Indicators

  • To assure the health and safety of the Occupational therapy students and patients with whom they work, all applicants and students (freshman, transfer, and continuing) are required to meet the RSHS Technical Standards/Performance Indicators to ensure that they have sufficient abilities to meet the rigorous work expectations of a student studying Occupational Therapy
  • To further protect the health and well-being, all students are required to have a complete physical exam and demonstrate appropriate immunizations before transition into the Professional Phase of the Program 
  • The requirements for this physical exam and other health / security requirements are also explained during the pre-professional student body meetings and are available to students in the RSHS Academic Student Handbook, which all students receive.