eOTD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What documents are required to apply to the GW eOTD program?

Completion of the OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System) application and the GW application are both required to apply to the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (eOTD) program. Your application is not complete until both items are received. Please utilize our Applicant Checklist to make sure you complete all the steps.

If I only want to apply to the GW eOTD program, can I apply directly to GW and not through OTCAS?

No. All applicants must fill out both the OTCAS and GW Supplemental Applications in order to apply to our eOTD program.

When can I begin the eOTD application process?

OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System) opens each year in July. Please refer to the OTCAS website for exact dates. Create an OTCAS account first then a GW Online Application account afterwards. The GW Online Application will ask you for your OTCAS ID number. Be sure to complete every item on the OTCAS site and to upload required documents such as transcripts, admission essay, and letters of recommendations.

Where should I send my original transcripts?

All official transcripts should be sent to OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System). Applicants that are selected for admission that is contingent on completion of prerequisite courses will be instructed to send in their official transcripts once the course is completed, prior to the start of the program. Directions will be outlined in your admissions letter.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is not required for the eOTD program at GW. You may self-report your score on the OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System) application, if you wish to do so.

Can I have outstanding prerequisite courses when I apply to the eOTD program?

Yes. Applicants may apply to our program with no more than 3 outstanding prerequisite courses. Courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the program. To learn more about our prerequisite course requirements, please visit our eOTD admissions website.

When will I hear whether I have been admitted to the GW eOTD program?

Applicants are notified about the status of their applications on an ongoing basis. The Admissions Committee typically makes decisions from December through March. However, admissions decisions will continue until the class is full.

Application reviews will begin in July for OTCAS completed and verified applications. However, admission notices will not be sent out until December. Admission letters will continue to be sent until the class is fully enrolled.

How many students are admitted each year?

The GW eOTD program admits a cohort of 32 students each fall semester.

What is the deadline for OTCAS and the GW Supplemental Application?

The deadline for the GW Program Application in OTCAS and the GW Supplemental Application is July 1. Please view our Applicant Checklist for information about applying to our program.

What are the fees for the OTCAS and the GW applications?

The fee for OTCAS depends on the number of schools you apply to as well as your application submission date. There is also a separate $60 fee required for the GW Supplemental Application. You can submit your supplemental application fee online by credit card or e-check.

If I am accepted into the GW eOTD program, is a deposit required?

Yes. A $575 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to guarantee your spot in the eOTD program. This deposit is applied to your Semester I tuition.

Is an interview required for admission into the GW eOTD Program?

Interviews will occur for selected candidates. 

Should I submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

We recommend that you complete the FAFSA if you plan to take out loans to finance your education. FAFSA application can be submitted online at no charge as early as October.

What does application and candidacy accreditation status mean?

The GW eOTD program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). 

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and receive accreditation status before graduates will be eligible to sit for the occupational therapist national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Visit the AOTA website for more Frequently Asked Questions on OT Education and Career Planning