Admissions Requirements

On this page, you will find the admissions process and requirements for Chatham University's Occupational Therapy Assistant to Occupational Therapy Doctor (OTA-to-OTD) program.

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

  • Active Occupational Therapy Assistant license
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree, or in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the program*
  • Two professional letters of reference
  • Attendance at a virtual interview

Pre-requisite Courses

Students must complete the following required pre-requisite courses:

  • Anatomy with lab (one term)
  • Physiology with lab (one term)–A & P I & II can also fill these first two requirements
  • Abnormal Psychology (one term)
  • Statistics or Research Methods (one term)
  • Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Development (one term)
    • A combination of developmental psychology courses that cover the lifespan—birth to death—are also acceptable

*Bachelor’s degree needs not be in the field of occupational therapy. Students without a bachelor’s degree have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies at Chatham, which allows students to accelerate earning the bachelor’s degree with significant cost savings.