We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19. The Admissions Committee has reviewed their policies with special consideration for the effects of COVID-19 on our applicants. The current policies have been established with these considerations in mind. For this reason, and in keeping with our Program’s policies, we are unable to waive any of our admission requirements for any reason.

As more jurisdictions across the country are closing schools, limiting large gatherings, and taking other measures to create social distance to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have asked our staff to work remotely in the near term and all admissions information events have been either canceled or moved online. Given this change, we'd like to assure you that we have robust technology and a culture of flexibility that allows us to continue providing you with uninterrupted service.

We are closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and state and local authorities and will provide up to date information on our website as new information becomes available.

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A student applying for admission to the OTD program must:

  • Submit an application, all required documents and pay the application fee though the OTCAS application portal.  
  • Meet the program admissions requirements.
  • Participate in an admissions interview arranged by an admissions advisor.  
  • Complete an enrollment agreement if accepted into the program.

All application materials must be sent directly to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) and received/completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the admission deadline. Applicants should confirm their status as verified on OTCAS.

How to Apply

Admission Process and Timeline

  • Early Decision Deadline: The application deadline for early decision is March 31 (11:59 p.m. EST). Applicants accepted in the Early Decision process, are expected to accept the offer of admission and enroll in University of the Pacific. The applicant is expected to withdraw any applications already made to other programs, through OTCAS or other application processes, and to notify these programs of their intention to attend UOP.
  • Regular Decision Deadline: The application deadline for admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is June 1 (11:59 p.m. EST).
  • Early Decision Applicants: Applicants will be notified in April and interviews will be conducted late April/early May
  • Regular Decision Applicants: Applicants will be notified in July and interviews will be conducted in late July/early August
  • Admission Decision: Students will be notified of the program's decision within three weeks after the interview.
  • Early Decision Applicants: Applicants offered admission through early decision have agreed and are expected to accept an offer of admission. Applicants that are not offered early admission will be automatically moved to the pool of applicants for regular decision.
  • Admission Offer: Applicants offered admission have two weeks to accept and one month to pay deposit.
  • Wait-list Offer: Applicants have one week to accept an offer to remain on wait-list. Applicants may remain on the wait-list up to the second week of class, unless otherwise notified.

The OTCAS application includes four sections: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. 

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To ensure your file is reviewed, please be sure to provide all the required information as outlined below.

Courses taken to fulfill prerequisites may be taken at any accredited university or college (including community colleges and accredited online programs) online or in-person, a minimum of “C” is required and must have a minimum of 3 credit hours.

Please note: We require applicants to complete all prerequisite courses by end of summer of the application cycle (i.e., by September of year prior to start of class in January). Students apply for admission through Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications from students with more than two courses in progress or not yet completed will not be considered for admission.

Requirement Course Delivery Course Details
Human Anatomy with Lab Online or In-Person Examines the structures of the body's various systems. If this course is combined with physiology, the correlations between structure and function are analyzed.
Human Physiology with Lab Online or In-Person Examines the functions of the body's various systems at both the macro and micro level. If combining A & P, must take both courses in series
Introduction to Statistics Online or In-Person One course, to include descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and introduction to regression analysis.
Medical Terminology Online or In-Person Overview of medical terms and common diagnoses.
Movement Science; Physics or Biomechanics Online or In-Person Lab Optional. Basic physics covering motion, electric current, wave mechanics preferred. Biomechanics course must cover planes of movement, kinematics, and origin and insertion of muscles.
Sociology, Anthropology, or Ethics Online or In-Person Course must be in one of these three departments, recommend introductory course.
Human Development through the Life Span Online or In-Person Course must cover the physiological and psychological development of human through the entire life span (i.e. birth to death).
Abnormal Psychology Online or In-Person One course. Examines abnormal behavior and its classification, causes, treatment, and prevention.

 

Recommended Courses

University of the Pacific highly recommends that applicants understand and are exposed to a variety of courses in order to prepare for the OTD program. While these courses are not required, they do provide a basis for choosing to pursue occupational therapy.

Optional Courses: Recommended, but not required

Requirement Course Delivery Course Details
Therapeutic Media Online or In-Person Hand-craft courses, technology design, ceramics, two-dimensional design, 3-D design.
Public Speaking and/or Oral Communication Online or In-Person Courses that provide instruction on how to prepare and deliver professional oral presentations.

Transcripts

Official transcripts, from all institutions attended post high school (this includes vocational/technical school transcripts), must be submitted to OTCAS as part of the application. Please do not send transcripts to University of the Pacific during the application phase. 

Personal Statement

The personal statement should address why you selected occupational therapy as a career and how this degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background help you achieve your goals. Do not personalize this essay for a particular program, as it is shared with all programs that you apply to through OTCAS. Your statement should be approximately 500 words.

Three (3) Evaluations

All evaluations (also known as letters of reference) must be sent in using the OTCAS online system. 

Transcript Entry & Prerequisites

You are required to fill out your course information (including in-progress and planned courses) in full so that GPA calculations can be made and prerequisite courses can be identified. Instructions for transcript entry can be found in the Transcript Entry tab of the Academic quadrant in the application. Professional transcript entry (PTE) can be chosen for an additional fee. After you complete the transcript entry, you will identify your Prerequisite courses in the Program Materials portion of the application. 

Observation Hours

University of the Pacific requires the completion of 40 observation hours with an occupational therapist in a clinical or community setting. Documentation of these hours are uploaded in the Supporting Information quadrant of the application, under the "Documents" tab. Please note: This requirement has been temporarily waived for the current admission period due to COVID-19. Applicants are encouraged to include a statement of hardship if hours are being waived.
 

The entire OTD curriculum is taught in the English language. For international students to be successful an English Language Proficiency Exam is required for all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and/or whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is recommended by the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at the University of Pacific.

  • You will be asked to submit your standardized TOEFL score with your OTCAS application.
  • Add your TOEFL test scores to Standardized Test section in the academic History quadrant in OTCAS.
  • TOEFL results need to be sent to institution code B886.
  • Applicants to the University of the Pacific OTD program need to submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet Based) or 610 (Paper Based) to be considered for admission.
  • TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date.

Note: Students who have attended schools outside of the United States are not required to submit official transcripts for those institutions but must rather submit a course-by-course evaluation of their academic records.

The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at University of the Pacific currently recommends that international applicants use evaluation from the World Education Services, Inc. (WES).

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Stockton, CA 95211-0110

International students applying for admission to the OTD program must follow same admission criteria as students in the U.S.:

  • Submit an application with all required documents, and pay the application fee through the OTCAS application portal.  
  • Meet the program admissions requirements.
  • Participate in an admissions interview arranged by an admissions advisor.  
  • Complete an enrollment agreement if accepted into the program.

Complete the following prerequisites at a institution within the U.S.:       

  • Human Anatomy with Lab: 3 credit hours minimum
  • Human Physiology with Lab: 3 credit hours minimum
  • Introduction to Statistics: 3 credit hours minimum (introductory course)
  • Medical Terminology: 1-2 credit hours (on-line and pass/fail acceptable)
  • Movement Science: 3 credit hours. Lab is optional (Physics or Biomechanics).
  • Sociology, Anthropology, or Ethics course: 3 credit hours
  • Human Development through the life span: 3 credit hours 
  • Abnormal Psychology: 3 credit hours

Prerequisite courses older than 10 years will not be accepted. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a passing grade with a minimum grade of 'C' or better. The overall GPA for all prerequisite courses is a 3.00 or higher for the last 60 credit hours earned to be considered for admission.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you complete all prerequisite courses before applying for admission through Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications from students with more than two courses in progress or not yet completed will not be considered for admission.

Recommended courses at institutions in the U.S.

Public speaking or Oral communication: 3 credit hours Therapeutic media or art course (Ceramics, two dimensional design)
 

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Pacific’s FAFSA school code is 001329.

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Questions?

Check out our FAQ page, attend an information session, call us at 916.520.7496 or email OTprogram@pacific.edu.