Pre-OT Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' pre-OT FAQ page.  This will address common questions that we receive from students who are interested in applying to our pre-OT program.

How many students is Drake University going to accept into the OTD program?

The first class of Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) students, beginning in Summer 2016, will enroll approximately 25 students.  We hope to grow the program to include approximately twice that many in the following years.  We intend to enroll a similar number of pre-OT students in the first year of the pre-OT program, which will begin in Fall 2016.  Due to the preparation that these students will receive in their undergraduate education through the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program, we expect these students to be very competitive when they apply to the OTD program. 

Are pre-OT students guaranteed admission into the OTD program?

Students who complete their Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and the pre-OT track have full consideration for admission into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program.  Pre-OT students will have access to academic advisers who are faculty that teach in the professional OTD program.  The mentoring that these students will receive, along with opportunities for shadowing in an OT environment, career exploration, and opportunities to become involved in professional student organizations, will help prepare pre-OT students for the admission process and success in the OTD program.  Pre-OT students are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission into the OTD program.