Applying for Admission
Applicants to the GW Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (eOTD) must complete two applications. First, applicants must apply through the standard online application system OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Central Application Service). In addition, all applicants must complete the supplemental GW Online Application. Both applications open in July of each year.
You must create your OTCAS application first. Your GW application will require you to enter your unique OTCAS ID number. You can begin your GW Supplemental Online Application before you have completed the submission of your OTCAS application.
- Fall Entry: February 15, 2022
Fall entry applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all seats have been filled. Admission notifications will begin in December and continue until the class is fully seated.
Due to new U.S. federal government regulations, all international applicants should apply at least six months in advance of the application deadline. Additionally, all international applicants must review the information regarding Visa Requests and Financial Certification.
OTCAS will charge a fee based on the number of programs applicants apply to through OTCAS.
GW charges you a separate supplemental, non-refundable application fee of $60. The GW fee is waived only for the following applicants:
- GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
- Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
- Graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)
- Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
- U.S. military personnel and veterans
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree
The program invites applications from candidates who have, or will have received by the time of enrollment, an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts must demonstrate completion of an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation into the program. GW OT welcomes all bachelor degree majors. We welcome the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and voices as long as you have prerequisite coursework in progress and completed prior to matriculating in the fall.
- Prerequisite Coursework
The following courses must be academic, college-level course work completed at a regionally accredited institution with a B- or higher. Your overall cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 or higher.
Human Anatomy with Lab – 3 credits lecture, 1 credit lab
Physiology – 3 credits
Two semesters of a combined Anatomy & Physiology course in lieu of individual Anatomy and Physiology courses is acceptable.
- Examples of course titles: Human Anatomy with a lab; Anatomy & Physiology I & II with an anatomy lab; Human Structures and Functions I & II with an anatomy lab.
Psychology - 3 credits
- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
AP credits are accepted for Introduction to Psychology
- Examples of course titles: Introduction to Psychology; General Psychology; Psychology 101 Psychology major in lieu of Introduction to Psychology is accepted
- Non-Psychology majors cannot use an upper level psychology course in lieu of Introduction to Psychology requirement
Psychopathology – 3 credits
- Psychology and non-psychology majors must have a specific psychopathology course
- Examples of course titles: Psychopathology; Abnormal Psychology
Lifespan Human Development – 3 credits
- One course across the lifespan or two courses across different life phases is acceptable. Human development courses are often taken within psychology or education courses.
- Examples of course titles: Developmental Psychology; Development across the Lifespan; OR two courses with titles such as: Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology; Adult Development & Aging; Gerontology (if using two courses, prefer one course in child/youth development and one course in adulthood/aging development)
Sociology or Cultural Anthropology – 3 credits
- Sociology or Anthropology major in lieu of Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology is acceptable
- Examples of course titles: Introduction to Sociology; Sociology 101; Social Theories; Social Problems; Society & Culture; Cultural Anthropology; Ethnic Studies; Gender Studies; Family Studies; Aging in Society
Statistics – 3 credits
- Statistics, Biostatistics, or Basic Research Methodology course may satisfy this requirement
- Examples of course titles: Introduction to Statistics; Introduction to Biostatistics; Applied Biostatistics; Introduction to Research; Basic Research Methods; Research Methods; Applied Research
Recommended (not required):
- Public Health. Examples of course titles: Introduction to Public Health; Public Health 101
- Physics. Examples of course titles: Introduction to Physics; Physics I and II
Pre-requisite coursework may be in progress at the time of application. No more than 3 pre-requisite courses can be outstanding to apply. Applicants with outstanding pre-requisite coursework may be conditionally accepted. For applicants conditionally accepted, a transcript showing all pre-requisite course completion must be received by August 1. If the transcript is not received by August 1, the applicant's acceptance will be withdrawn.
- Admissions Essay
In addition to your OTCAS essay, please address the GW program short essay questions (within the OTCAS online application).
The admissions essay includes these two questions:
- What has prepared you for study in GW OT’s distinct program and curriculum philosophy, mission, and vision?
- What has prepared you for study in a hybrid online/on-campus curricular experience?
- Letters of Recommendation
You are required to submit (through the OTCAS reference portal) at least two (2) letters of recommendation. Please do not submit additional recommendations directly to GW.
Recommendations from family members and friends are not acceptable
- Official Transcripts
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, directly to OTCAS. No transcripts are submitted to GW at the time of application.
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted directly to OTCAS.
- English Language Test
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic, or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants are required to complete the question under the OTCAS online application directly related to the English Language Test.
International students must provide official scores from one of the following English language proficiency tests, meeting the stated minimum:
Academic IELTS (an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0) TOEFL (600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test) PET Academic (68)
TOEFL code: 5246
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
- They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency
It is recommended, but not required, applicants have approximately 40 hours observing two different occupational therapy settings to experience the scope, breadth, and depth of occupational therapy practice.
Applicants interested in transfer of credit from other institutions must be an admitted student to the program. The transfer applicant must provide evidence that they are in good academic standing and demonstrates an appropriate level of professional comportment. The OT program reserves the right to limit any transfer or advanced placement of credit to the basic sciences courses.
Transfer students must formally petition the OT Program Director to transfer credit into the GW eOTD program. Only courses instructed with comparable content and rigor in which the student has earned a “B-” grade or better will be approved for transfer credit. If you have any questions regarding transfer or advanced placement credit, please contact us at GWOTD@gwu.edu.
Students admitted to the eOTD program must:
- Acknowledge reading the program's Technical Standards
- Acknowledge reading the Health Sciences' Background and Drug Screen Policies
- Acknowledge reading the program's pre-fieldwork requirements
- Submit the following documents at matriculation:
- Completion of an annual health assessment and medical/physical examination
- Immunization records including PPD, Sars-CoV-2 (COVID-19), annual flu vaccination, MMR, varicella, hepatitis B, meningitis, Tdap
- Criminal background check and drug screen test
- Current health insurance