Doctor of Occupational Therapy Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

IMPORTANT Announcement: Applicants need to be aware that The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The program must 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).

OTD Admissions Information

The entry-level OTD program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the SHP Application website for deadline information. An applicant's OTCAS application must be verified and all other requirements must be received by the deadline. Please note there is a lag in submitting your application to OTCAS and the application being verified. Applicants will need to plan accordingly. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application

    Applicants for the OTD program must complete both the OTCAS application and the TTUHSC online application. The OTD Application must be completed first before completing the TTUHSC SHP online application.

  2. Application Fee

    The $75.00 application fee may be paid by credit card through the TTUHSC SHP online application. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294 Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC". Your
    application will not be considered for admission until your fee is paid.

  3. Official Transcripts

    All official transcripts need to be submitted to OTCAS. You will only need to send updated transcripts to our office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all updated official transcripts to the following address:

    TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

  4. Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is not required for the OTD program.

  5. Bachelor's Degree

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.

  6. Minimum GPA

    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. A competitive GPA is a consideration for admissions. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required pre-professional course.

  7. Observation Experience

    Applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 observation hours with a licensed occupational therapist prior to the application deadline. It is in the best interest of the applicant to complete a substantial number of experiential hours in occupational therapy, preferably in a variety of settings. This can be acquired in several ways: volunteer work, paid work and/or observation in occupational therapy settings/ services. Verification of observation/ experience hours in occupational therapy practice must be submitted as a part of the application. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet.

  8. Prerequisite Coursework

    All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to matriculation. It is recommended that prerequisite courses be taken within the last seven years. No more than 9 hours of prerequisites can be in progress and at least two science prerequisites must be completed for file to be reviewed. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite course. There is no advanced placement, transfer of credit or experiential learning credit within the TTUHSC OTD Program.

    Course Credit Hours
    Prerequisite Coursework
    Anatomy and Physiology (with lab)
    Note: Science Prerequisite Course
    6-8 hours
    Physics and/or Biomechanics and/or Kinesiology
    Note: Science Prerequisite Course
    3 hours
    Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
    Developmental Psychology (across the lifespan) 3 hours
    Statistics 3 hours
  9. Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required.
    One letter must be completed by an occupational therapist. Letters should be completed by professional personnel who: (a) have observed you during any related volunteer or paid work, (b) are previous or present instructors and/or counselors, or (c) are previous or present employers. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the OTCAS Application.

  10. Personal Essay

    Submission of personal essays is required with OTCAS application.

  11. International Applicants

    All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions. 

  12. Technical Standards

    A student admitted into the TTUHSC Doctor of Occupational Program must meet basic and essential requirements that are necessary for obtaining employment and performing as an occupational therapist. The following link will provide an overview of what those requirements are.

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. The application must be verified by OTCAS and the TTUHSC SHP supplemental application must be complete by the application deadline. Individual applications are only reviewed after the OTCAS verification process is completed and the TTUHSC SHP supplemental application is submitted; therefore, it is in the applicant’s best interest to complete the application process, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.


Admission interviews are granted by the OTD admissions committee by invitation only. Invitations to interview with the OTD program faculty in Lubbock, Texas are extended to the most competitive applicants. Competitive applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents (cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, volunteer/work experience in occupational therapy, recommendation letters, and student essay).

Application Submission Checklist

  1. Online OTCAS Application
  2. Online TTUHSC SHP Application
  3. Application Fee
  4. Letters of Recommendation - Three required

Immunizations and CPR

Verification of required immunizations and CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification must be submitted prior to enrollment in professional curriculum, or preferably by the application deadline. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the professional program. Immunizations will be maintained by the Office of Institutional Health.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email