To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum of 60 semester hours (2.5 years full-time equivalent) of undergraduate work at a regionally accredited college or regionally accredited university prior to the start of orientation.
Any student who upon matriculation has not completed the equivalent of three undergraduate full-time years of study (72 undergraduate credit hours), will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Students would become eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid following the time they have completed a total of 72 credit hours, which is inclusive of OTD credit hours earned. Any student with fewer than 72 credits would need to pursue alternative sources of funding until eligibility is reached or needed.
A prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale are recommended to be considered for admission. No grade lower than a C- will be accepted for prerequisite coursework. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be accepted if the AP credit appears on an official college transcript as equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework. Acceptance of CLEP credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress. Coursework completion is required prior to matriculation, and pending coursework during the application cycle is acceptable.
|Subject||Required Course(s) or Semester Hours|
|Human Anatomy1,2||4 semester hours|
|Human Physiology1,2||4 semester hours|
|Psychology||9 semester hours
Must include coursework in introductory, abnormal, and developmental psychology
|Social Science or Humanities||3 semester hours
May include sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, or other
|English Composition||6 semester hours
Must include college-level English writing, grammar, or composition
|Statistics||3 semester hours|
|Medical Terminology||1 course
Or Certificate of Completion via DMU’s online Medical Terminology course
1 with lab
2 or a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology with lab
Other highly recommended courses may include biology, human development/human behavior, physics, kinesiology, research methods, philosophy, ethics, and speech/communication.
Applicants are encouraged to observe occupational therapists, but a minimum number of hours is not required for application. The most competitive applicants will have observed several hours in a variety of occupational therapy settings, including in practice areas of children and youth, work and industry, rehabilitation, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, or another specific area.
The GRE is not required for application to DMU’s O.T.D program.
All accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the accepted student. Accepted students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments, and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.
Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a notarized copy of their permanent resident card ("green card") prior to admission.
Note: Permanent residency status "pending" is not eligible for admission.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent U.S. residents are not eligible for admission to the O.T.D program. Please review the information for international students.