Admission deadlines: July 2024 - March 1, 2025 (Rolling)
Applications: The application for the Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program includes both the OTCAS Application (Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service) and the GW Online Application. Both applications, no more than three (3) outstanding prerequisites, and all supporting documentation (application fees, supplemental essay question, letters of recommendation (2), official transcripts) must be received by the deadline for the application to be reviewed.
Application Fees: The fee for using OTCAS is based on the number of programs the applicant designates. Meeting OTCAS’ eligibility criterion for a fee waiver does not guarantee a waiver will be granted for the supplemental application fees.
A limited number of application fee waivers are available for the GW Online Application.
Program Requirements: Eligible students must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution. There are no preferred undergraduate majors for occupational therapy. Diverse backgrounds and perspectives are welcome at GW and in the profession.
Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted with your OTCAS application.
Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from every college and university attended must be submitted directly to OTCAS. All transcripts must be submitted, whether or not a degree was earned.
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted directly to OTCAS.
Supplemental Essay Question: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, How does the mission of the GW OT program resonate with you? Share an example from your life experiences.
Additional Information: In an essay of no more than 500 words, include anything that you would like us to know that was NOT covered elsewhere in your application.
Prerequisites: It is recommended that prerequisite courses be taken within the last five (5) years. Prerequisite courses taken over 5 years and professional experiences will be individually assessed. Students must have a minimum B- grade in the following prerequisite courses:
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).
Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) (Psychology major in lieu of Intro to Psych; non-Psychology majors cannot use an upper-level Psychology course in lieu of Intro to Psychology requirement; Psychology and non-Psychology majors must have a specific Psychopathology course).
Psychopathology or Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) (Psychology and non-psychology majors must have a specific psychopathology course).
Lifespan Human Development (3 credits) (One course across the lifespan or two courses across different life phases. Human Development courses are often taken within Psychology or Education courses).
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) (Sociology or Anthropology major in lieu of Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology).
Statistics (3 credits) (Statistics, Biostatistics, or Basic Research Methodology courses may satisfy this requirement).
Policies: Before applying, all applicants are required to review the following: Technical Standards/Essential Functions for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program ( Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy (
International applicants only: Review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
PTE Academic: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 2000
Washington, DC 20006

For questions contact:
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 104 credits in required courses.

Curricular Sequence
Semester 1 (fall)
OT 8000Neuroscience for Rehabilitation
OT 8012Health in Social and Population Contexts
OT 8101Human Occupation I
OT 8110Group Dynamics
Semester 2 (spring)
OT 8001Movement Science
OT 8002Human Development and Behavior
OT 8102Human Occupation II
OT 8501Research in Occupational Therapy Practice I
OT 8401Occupational Therapy Fieldwork IA
Semester 3 (summer session)
OT 8201Occupational Therapy for Mental Health
OT 8231Case Analysis I
OT 8310Advocacy and Systems of Occupational Therapy Care
OT 8402Occupational Therapy Fieldwork IB
OT 8502Research in Occupational Practice II
Semester 4 (fall)
OT 8202Occupational Therapy for Adult Rehabilitation
OT 8232Case Analysis II
OT 8311Leadership and Management
OT 8403Occupational Therapy Fieldwork IC
OT 8503Research in OT Practice III
Semester 5 (spring)
OT 8203Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth
OT 8204Occupational Therapy and Technology
OT 8233Case Analysis III
OT 8404Occupational Therapy Fieldwork ID
OT 8601Doctoral Experience I
Semester 6 (summer session)
OT 8234Case Analysis IV
OT 8405Fieldwork Experience 2A
OT 8602Doctoral Experience II
Semester 7 (fall)
OT 8312Reflective Practitioner
OT 8406Fieldwork Experience 2B
OT 8603Doctoral Experience III
Semester 8 (spring)
OT 8604Doctoral Experience IV
OT 8313Professional Development