After the deadline, application files are reviewed to determine eligibility based upon receipt of all application materials and completion of prerequisite coursework with a "C" or better.
Once eligibility is determined, each student's application will be reviewed on an individual basis for admission. All completed applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee in the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. Qualified applicants are invited for individual interviews. The interview process is a critical one; through the interview process, we gain an understanding of the candidate, their academic preparation and insight into their potential as a future OT. Serious applicants must be willing to travel to campus in mid February for interviews. Finalists are judged on the basis of the interviews in conjunction with the rest of the application.
Approximately thirty-four (34) students will be accepted into the fall semester class. Notification will be by mid-March. Because there are a greater number of well-qualified students interested in the field of occupational therapy than the University is able to accommodate, there is competition for the limited number of positions available and although well-qualified some applicants are not able to be admitted. We had a total of 140 applicants in the applicant pool for 2019. Of those 140 applicants, 120 were complete and qualified. We interviewed 91 applicants. Qualified students who do not receive an initial offer of admission may be offered an alternate spot. Alternate students will be offered admission should a spot become available. Students fill out the Alternate Notification Form to remain on this list. We do not maintain a waiting list from year to year. If a student is not selected for admission, the student will need to reapply the following year. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to meet with the academic advisor to discuss the factors that lead to the decision and to explore areas for improvement for future application.
The Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies at the University of Utah is committed to policies of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, or status as an individual with a disability in all of its programs and activities, including but not limited to, student admissions and student financial assistance. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.
College of Health Commitment to Inclusive Excellence in Admissions
The University of Utah College of Health strives to promote diversity and inclusion among its students, faculty, and staff with the realization that diverse perspectives and life experiences strengthen our academic community in multiple ways. By creating a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages academic excellence and diverse perspectives, we work toward the creation of opportunities for all to learn from one another by sharing our wealth of talents and histories. Each of our departments offer degrees in professions focused on health, wellness, and research. With the increasingly rich complexity of our population, we recognize the need for our graduates to reflect the diversity of our community. Furthermore, we also recognize the strong and positive impact a diverse collective of faculty, staff, students, and alumni can have on issues of health equity and the valuable role our College can play in reducing health disparities for all populations.
Hepatitis B for Incoming Students
Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of 3 time sensitive injections. The 2nd injection is administered one month after the first, and the third injection is given 6 months after the second. Therefore, students are advised to begin the series of vaccinations as soon as they begin the application process in order to complete the series before enrolling. Most, if not all, OT programs require these immunizations so it is well worth the applicant’s time to get them completed regardless of where they are admitted.