Occupational Therapy Program

Graduate Occupational Therapy Degree

UNLV School of Allied Health Sciences will offer an Occupational Therapy program beginning summer of 2020. The doctoral level program will have an initial cohort size of 36 students and will lead to the OTD degree. Students will be eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam after successfully completing all coursework and fieldwork.

For additional information, email the program director at donna.costa@unlv.edu

Admission Requirements

Application Prerequisites

  • Prospective students must have a minimum pre-requisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Pre-requisite courses must have been completed at an accredited academic institution. University courses are preferred.
  • Applicants must earn a grade of “C” or better in each of the pre-requisite courses. If students take a particular course a second time, the higher grade will be used in calculating GPA.
  • Pre-requisite courses cannot have a pass-fail grade.
  • Pre-requisite courses must have been taken within the past 10 years.
  • Advanced placement courses cannot be used for pre-requisite courses.

Required prerequisites coursework

  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Biology (6 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • General or Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology with labs (8 credits)
  • Introductory Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Prerequisite courses are subject to change.

Applicants to the program will need to complete 50 observation hours of an occupational therapist in a minimum of two different practice settings.

Applicants will also need to submit a personal essay and three reference letters, including one from the observed occupational therapist.

Students may have up to two pre-requisite courses (except anatomy and physiology) in progress during the spring semester immediately preceding the summer of planned admission.

For additional information, email the program director at donna.costa@unlv.edu