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REV 2018FEB26

The mission of the OTD Program at the University of Utah is to provide a professional doctorate curriculum to practicing occupational therapists who want to expand and refine their knowledge, skills and experience to become strong leaders in the profession and to fulfill their professional potential. The curriculum is designed to enable occupational therapists to become clinical scholars who will continue to autonomously function as occupational therapists within their scope of practice, collaborate effectively with others to develop innovative programs, and contribute to the evidence-based literature that drives practice.

Application Deadline

We are no longer accepting applications for the post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. The last term for admission is fall 2020.

Admissions Process

Applicants for admission must apply through Apply Yourself. Please review the information found on the Graduate School admissions page prior to submitting your application. Under the Program Information section on the AY application, choose your program of interest, Occupational Therapy DOT. Applicants will need to upload copies of official transcripts from all universities attended to verify graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program.

Under the Academic Interests and Background section you will need to upload the following:

  1. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
  2. Statement of purpose addressing the applicant's objectives for his/her doctoral education, including area of clinical expertise, and potential areas of research focus. Statement should be 2-3 pages in length.
  3. Scholarly writing sample following these instructions (opens PDF). You will use the following articles Bennett et al. (2016) and Myers & Lotz (2017) (opens PDF). [New for Summer 2018 admissions]
  4. Copy of initial certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or, if international student, other national certification agency. Upload to the section titled “Post Submission.”
  5. Copy of current occupational therapy license within a jurisdiction in the United States (if applicable). Upload to the section titled “Post Submission.”
  6. English Proficiency if English is not the first language.
    • TOEFL-Students must achieve a score of at least 90-91 (Internet based)
    • IELTS-Students must achieve a score of at least 7.0
    • Applicants who have received a US Degree and have not left the country for more than two years since receiving the degree may use the degree as proof of English proficiency.
  7. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to successfully engage in and complete doctoral level work (e.g., critical thinking, communication skills, ability to use therapy literature to guide practice), capacity to be a leader in the profession, and ability to work collaboratively to achieve professional outcomes. The letters must be signed and dated, and letterhead should be used when available. References may be from a supervisor, a colleague, or professor. This can NOT be done through the AY application website. However, applicants will be required to list the recommender names along with the program you are applying to (Occupational Therapy DOT). The other information is not necessary, except you will need to indicate whether or not you waive your right to examine the letters of recommendation. The AY system will then ask you if the provider will be submitting the letter online – here you need to indicate NO. Please note that these must be LETTERS and should not be done on any type of recommendation form 1.

1Recommendation letters can be sent via email directly to Kelly Brown ( or via regular US Mail to:

Kelly Brown, Manager, Programs
University of Utah
Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
520 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (600 pBT). (Minimum score requirements are subject to change). Students who have previously completed the TOEFL, but have been outside of the United States for two or more years since taking the examination will be required to complete a new TOEFL exam and meet the minimum requirements.

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.

Conditional Admission

Occasionally a student may be admitted to the program under probationary or special status. This status may be considered as the equivalent of one semester on probation thus requiring a minimum 3.0 GPA in required courses in the program for every remaining semester. The student will be notified in writing of all actions taken.

For more information contact

Kelly Brown
Phone: 801-585-0555