Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

The OTD program at Western University uses a holistic admissions process. What this means is that consideration is given to the applicant’s experiences, background, attributes, competencies, and academic or scholarly achievements. All of these are evaluated and considered in combination and viewed from the perspective of how the individual might contribute value to profession and WesternU’s mission. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they can academically handle the rigors of a doctorate program, be able to verbally communicate clearly and concisely and demonstrate the ability to connect with others. A competitive candidate will have diverse life and leadership experience.

Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

To apply, please go to: https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Applications will only be accepted through the OTCAS system. The application portal for the upcoming year will open in June.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process,and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions

Prerequisite Courses

Science Prerequisites

All Science prerequisites must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to matriculation at WesternU Oregon Semester Quarter
Human Anatomy with lab 4 6
Human Physiology with lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology may be combined, but must be 2 quarters or 2 semesters

Non-Science Prerequisites

All Non-Science prerequisites must be completed no more than ten (10) years prior to matriculation at WesternU Oregon Semester Quarter
3 Psychology courses (including Abnormal Psychology) 3 each 4 each
English Composition or writing 3 4
Statistics 2 3
Medical Terminology Any Any
Human Development or Lifespan 3 4
One course in the Humanities or Social Sciences (Anthropology; Philosophy; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group dynamics. literature) 3 4

All ​Prerequisites:

  • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
  • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2022 for the 2022 entering class)
  • All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to World Education Services for evaluation
Application Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
    • BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
    • Degree must be conferred by end of spring term prior to matriculation
  • recommended overall GPA of 3.0
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from friends and family will NOT be accepted
  • Interview
    • Required for qualified applicants
    • Writing sample- timed and proctored
  • 40 volunteer or observation hours in occupational therapy or alternative options due to COVID limitations (see below)
  • Proof of health insurance (once accepted)
  • Grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses

At this time, we are not able to accept international students.

Alternative Options for Observation Hours

If an applicant has not been able to obtain 40 observation hours or clinical experience, the following may be completed instead:

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a wealth of information about occupational therapy in many different practice areas. To complete your “observation hours” you must complete the following:

Read each of the sections below on the AOTA website

  1. Go to AOTA homepage: https://www.aota.org/
  2. Look at the top of the homepage and click on “Practice” which is located in the top left.
  3. This takes you to a site that gives information on the different practice areas OTs can work in. Choose at least three practice areas and read the content provided for each.
    • Children and youth
    • Health and wellness
    • Mental health
    • Productive aging
    • Rehabilitation and disability
    • Work and Industry

Watch the following YouTube videos (it should take approximately 45 minutes to watch all of the videos)

Once you have completed all of the above, sign the OTD Observation Hours form vowing that you have completed all sections and upload to your application status page. If you are deemed a qualified applicant and are scheduled for an interview, be prepared to speak to the content read and videos watched during your interview.

The following system recommendations and minimum technology requirements apply to all students pursuing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Western University- Oregon. The following recommendations are made to ensure your success as an OTD student. Please contact the department with any questions or concerns regarding your system’s compliance.

All students in the OTD program are responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please use this information to help in making decisions regarding the purchase of a system for study.

 

Students will use their laptop computers to perform the following tasks:

  • Accessing and downloading course files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Uploading assignment files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Taking quizzes and exams.
  • Posting to discussion boards.
  • Accessing resources through different browsers.
  • Taking notes/annotating resources.
  • Presenting student-created files/media through a data projector.
  • Use of a functioning microphone and camera.
  • Course- or program-related meetings using applications requiring audio and video (e.g. Moodle, Zoom, etc.).
  • Saving your notes and coursework to online cloud storage or an external storage device.
  • High-speed access to the internet.
  • Hardware Requirements and Recommendations

Minimum Requirements:

  • 120 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Core i3 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • Webcam and Microphone
  • High-speed Wi-Fi connection

Minimum Recommended Specifications:

  • 250 GB Solid State (SSD) Hard Drive
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Core i5 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • Webcam and Microphone
  • High-speed Wi-Fi connection obtained either at home
  • Software Requirements and Recommendations

 

Recommended Specifications:

  • Windows 10 or Mac OS (latest version)
  • Microsoft Office (latest version) (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) Students will be able to download any of the Microsoft Office suite applications for use for free while they are an actively enrolled student.
  • Google Chrome *Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are NOT recommended
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
  • Antivirus Program (updated regularly)

General Recommendations:

Students should not rely entirely on a tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook to complete your online classes.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will allow you to download documents in Microsoft Office format. It is still recommended that you have a copy of Microsoft Office to avoid any issues with compatibility or formatting.

Application Process

Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

The OTD program at Western University uses a holistic admissions process. What this means is that consideration is given to the applicant’s experiences, background, attributes, competencies, and academic or scholarly achievements. All of these are evaluated and considered in combination and viewed from the perspective of how the individual might contribute value to profession and WesternU’s mission. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they can academically handle the rigors of a doctorate program, be able to verbally communicate clearly and concisely and demonstrate the ability to connect with others. A competitive candidate will have diverse life and leadership experience.

Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

To apply, please go to: https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Applications will only be accepted through the OTCAS system. The application portal for the upcoming year will open in June.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process,and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite Courses

Science Prerequisites

All Science prerequisites must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to matriculation at WesternU Oregon Semester Quarter
Human Anatomy with lab 4 6
Human Physiology with lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology may be combined, but must be 2 quarters or 2 semesters

Non-Science Prerequisites

All Non-Science prerequisites must be completed no more than ten (10) years prior to matriculation at WesternU Oregon Semester Quarter
3 Psychology courses (including Abnormal Psychology) 3 each 4 each
English Composition or writing 3 4
Statistics 2 3
Medical Terminology Any Any
Human Development or Lifespan 3 4
One course in the Humanities or Social Sciences (Anthropology; Philosophy; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group dynamics. literature) 3 4

All ​Prerequisites:

  • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
  • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2022 for the 2022 entering class)
  • All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to World Education Services for evaluation
Application Requirements
Application Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
    • BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
    • Degree must be conferred by end of spring term prior to matriculation
  • recommended overall GPA of 3.0
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from friends and family will NOT be accepted
  • Interview
    • Required for qualified applicants
    • Writing sample- timed and proctored
  • 40 volunteer or observation hours in occupational therapy or alternative options due to COVID limitations (see below)
  • Proof of health insurance (once accepted)
  • Grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses

At this time, we are not able to accept international students.

Alternative Options for Observation Hours

If an applicant has not been able to obtain 40 observation hours or clinical experience, the following may be completed instead:

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has a wealth of information about occupational therapy in many different practice areas. To complete your “observation hours” you must complete the following:

Read each of the sections below on the AOTA website

  1. Go to AOTA homepage: https://www.aota.org/
  2. Look at the top of the homepage and click on “Practice” which is located in the top left.
  3. This takes you to a site that gives information on the different practice areas OTs can work in. Choose at least three practice areas and read the content provided for each.
    • Children and youth
    • Health and wellness
    • Mental health
    • Productive aging
    • Rehabilitation and disability
    • Work and Industry

Watch the following YouTube videos (it should take approximately 45 minutes to watch all of the videos)

Once you have completed all of the above, sign the OTD Observation Hours form vowing that you have completed all sections and upload to your application status page. If you are deemed a qualified applicant and are scheduled for an interview, be prepared to speak to the content read and videos watched during your interview.

Technology Requirements

The following system recommendations and minimum technology requirements apply to all students pursuing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Western University- Oregon. The following recommendations are made to ensure your success as an OTD student. Please contact the department with any questions or concerns regarding your system’s compliance.

All students in the OTD program are responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please use this information to help in making decisions regarding the purchase of a system for study.

 

Students will use their laptop computers to perform the following tasks:

  • Accessing and downloading course files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Uploading assignment files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Taking quizzes and exams.
  • Posting to discussion boards.
  • Accessing resources through different browsers.
  • Taking notes/annotating resources.
  • Presenting student-created files/media through a data projector.
  • Use of a functioning microphone and camera.
  • Course- or program-related meetings using applications requiring audio and video (e.g. Moodle, Zoom, etc.).
  • Saving your notes and coursework to online cloud storage or an external storage device.
  • High-speed access to the internet.
  • Hardware Requirements and Recommendations

Minimum Requirements:

  • 120 GB Hard Drive
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Core i3 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • Webcam and Microphone
  • High-speed Wi-Fi connection

Minimum Recommended Specifications:

  • 250 GB Solid State (SSD) Hard Drive
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Core i5 Intel Processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • Webcam and Microphone
  • High-speed Wi-Fi connection obtained either at home
  • Software Requirements and Recommendations

 

Recommended Specifications:

  • Windows 10 or Mac OS (latest version)
  • Microsoft Office (latest version) (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) Students will be able to download any of the Microsoft Office suite applications for use for free while they are an actively enrolled student.
  • Google Chrome *Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are NOT recommended
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
  • Antivirus Program (updated regularly)

General Recommendations:

Students should not rely entirely on a tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook to complete your online classes.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will allow you to download documents in Microsoft Office format. It is still recommended that you have a copy of Microsoft Office to avoid any issues with compatibility or formatting.