Apply to the OTD program

Applying to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program

Minimum application requirements and prerequisites:

  • Application must be submitted and complete by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 15. Please plan ahead to ensure that all materials arrive to WMU before the January 15 deadline. Any application missing documents or transcripts as of January 16 will be considered late and will not be reviewed.
  • The program will begin summer II semester each year.
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree completed from an accredited institution by June 1 prior to the Summer II start of the OTD program.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA from the most recent 60 credits of coursework
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test) - submit scores using WMU code: 1902. The GRE must be completed less than five years prior to the application deadline.
  • All prerequisites must be completed before the application deadline, and must be passed with a C or better. These include:
    • BIOS 2110: Human Anatomy
    • BIOS 2400: Human Physiology
    • PSY 1000: General Psychology
    • PSY 2500: Abnormal Psychology
    • HSV 2250: Growth, Development, and Aging
    • STAT 3660: Data Analysis for Biosciences or STAT 1600: Statistics and Data Analysis
    • MDSC 2010: Medical Terminology
  • Volunteer/work experiences, leadership/teamwork experiences, diversity experiences, and research experiences
  • An interview will be included in the OTD application process. It is essential that applicants can demonstrate their knowledge of the profession during this interview. Therefore, while not required to apply to the program, it is strongly encouraged that applicants seek out job shadowing, or other related experiences, within the OT field prior to applying.

How to apply

  1. Submit official transcripts to the WMU Office of Admissions from ALL previous institutions attended (except for WMU) before the January 15 deadline. Transcripts must include your most recent work completed prior to the January 15 deadline.

    Official transcripts can be mailed to:
    Western Michigan University
    Office of Admissions
    1903 W. Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211

    Or, emailed to
  2. In the online application system, you will be directed to include supplemental information. Please review the Occupational Therapy Doctorate summary page for more information.

Start your application

Graduate admission process

Upon receipt of a completed application, the department will:

  • Review and score applications to establish an initial pre-interview score
  • Send interview invitations to a select number of applicants
  • A final score will be calculated, and applicants will be ranked (highest to lowest)
  • A cohort will be admitted at both Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids locations.
  • A small number of applicants will be placed on a waiting list.



The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is
The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.