(Program with Candidacy Status) The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the Americal Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation 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). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Drake University's Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program operates on a rolling admission process. We will interview and admit students until the O1 class is full and a sufficient number of applicants have been identified for the wait list. We recommend submitting application materials early in order to ensure your application is processed and considered in a timely manner. Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes a scored on-campus interview and a scored writing assessment. All admission materials, including your OTCAS application (www.otcas.org), this supplemental application and the accompanying $70.00 application fee, must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete.
In order to submit your application, please complete all applicable fields on this form, including course information as it applies to our OTD prerequisites. You have the option to save your information and return at a later time to complete the application. However, by clicking the "Save Now," "Return Later" or "Cancel Now" buttons, you are not submitting your application. In order to officially submit your application, please make sure all relevant fields are completed and click "Submit." Once you click "Submit" on the application, you will be directed to our secure online payment site and you will not be able to make changes to your application. You may pay your $70.00 application fee via credit card using our secure online payment site.
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