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PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
To be considered for admission, candidates must complete a baccalaureate degree and meet the specific prerequisite requirements of the UCA Department of Occupational Therapy. Students may pursue the bachelor’s degree in any chosen field of study at UCA or from a USDE-recognized regionally accredited college or university. Moreover, completion of 25 hours of prerequisite course work is required. Prerequisite courses may be completed at UCA or at another regionally accredited college or university. Students who plan to complete prerequisites at another university are strongly urged to contact the Occupational Therapy Program Advisor to assure course equivalency.

Students enrolled in the occupational therapy program must perform certain essential functions in order to participate in and complete program requirements. A list of these essential functions and the departmental policy is available at uca.edu/ot.

All prospective students should review the document “UCA Department of Occupational Therapy Essential Functions” and the departmental policy prior to applying for admission to the program.
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APPLICATION PROCESS
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level) program has strict admission requirements and enrollment limitations. Acceptance is by specific application and competitive admission only. A new class begins each fall semester. Two options exist for admission to the program. Regardless of admission option, all applicants are required to complete the online application through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at www.otcas.org by January 15th of the year of planned enrollment.

Freshman Admission
Declaration of Intent: Intent to pursue the option for Freshman Admission must be completed with the Department of Occupational Therapy program Advisor by November 1 of the freshman year.

Students who begin study at UCA as a freshman will be admitted into the occupational therapy program if they meet and maintain specific performance standards and criteria. Actual enrollment into the occupational therapy program will occur after completion of the baccalaureate degree and if performance standards and criteria were maintained.

To maintain Freshman Admission status, the applicant must:

  • Take all coursework at UCA.
  • Attend three SPOT (Students for Pre-Occupational Therapy) meetings each year (12 total meetings in 4 years).
  • Maintain at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA every semester and a 3.5 GPA for all occupational therapy prerequisite course work.
  • Submit GRE revised General Test (August 2011) scores to UCA Graduate School and OTCAS. UCA institutional GRE code 6012 and OTCAS GRE code 7416; score at least 150 on Verbal, 150 on Quantitative, and 4 on analytical writing sections.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours volunteer/observation experience under the supervision of one licensed occupational therapist; therapist must submit a performance rating from this experience (form and specific instructions are available from the Department of Occupational Therapy website: uca.edu/ot).
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree at UCA by May of the year of planned enrollment.
  • Complete all prerequisite course work by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring graduate OT program application deadline (January 15th of each year).

No interview is required of applicants entering the graduate OT program under Freshman Admission. Contact the UCA Occupational Therapy Program Advisor for more details regarding Freshman Admission.

Regular Admission
Application Deadline: January 15 of the year of planned enrollment

Those applicants not using the Freshman Admission or those who were not able to maintain performance standards and criteria for Freshman Admission must complete an application for Regular Admission. The deadline for Regular Admission is January 15th of the year of planned enrollment.

To be eligible for Regular Admission, by the application deadline, the applicant must:

  • Complete baccalaureate degree by May of year of planned enrollment
  • Complete the online application through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at otcas.org. Application must be verified by February 19th.
  • Submit GRE revised General Test (August 2011) and GRE Analytical Writing scores to UCA Graduate School and OTCAS. UCA institutional GRE code 6012 and OTCAS GRE code 7416.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.75 minimum based on a 4.0 scale or possess at least a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of course work on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours volunteer/observation experience under the supervision of one licensed occupational therapist; therapist must submit a performance rating from this experience (form and specific instructions are available from the Department of Occupational Therapy website: http://www.uca.edu/ot).
  • Complete all occupational therapy (OT) prerequisite course work, with a grade of C or better, by the end of the fall semester prior to the spring graduate OT program application deadline (January 15th of each year). OT prerequisite coursework 10 years or older will not be accepted.

    NOTE: All college work must be submitted regardless of when completed or the nature of the course work. Work experience is not calculated into the satisfaction of admission requirements.

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PREREQUISITE COURSE WORK
Department of Occupational Therapy: Pre-requisite Course Work with University of Central Arkansas Course Numbers.
Prerequisite courses taken elsewhere must be approved in advance by the Occupational Therapy Program Advisor.

Course (UCA and ACTS* course numbers in parenthesis) Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology I (UCA: BIOL 2406; ACTS: BIOL2404) 4
Anatomy and Physiology II (UCA: BIOL 2407; ACTS: BIOL2414) 4
Physics (UCA: PHYS 1405 or PHYS 1410; ACTS (for 1410): PHYS2014) 4
Medical Terminology (UCA: HSC 3123) 1
Sociology (UCA: SOC 1300; ACTS: SOCI1013 or Anthropology (UCA: ANTH 1302; ACTS: ANTH1013 3
Abnormal Psychology (UCA: PSYC 4320) 3
Lifespan Development (UCA: FACS 2341) or Developmental Psychology (UCA: PSYC 2370; ACTS: PSYC2103) 3
Statistics (UCA: PSYC 2330 or SOC 2321 or MATH 2311; ACTS [for MATH 2311]: MATH2103) 3
Total Credit Hours in Prerequisite Course Work: 25

*ACTS is the Arkansas Course Transfer System. It applies to transfer of some lower division undergraduate courses.
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DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION PROCEDURE AND SELECTION PROCESS

All applications of candidates who meet qualifications for Regular Admission are reviewed by the OT Admission Committee. Applicants are ranked according to a formula based on overall GPA and GRE scores; top-ranked candidates are invited to a mandatory interview scheduled in March. The interview is used to assess such factors as the ability to present oneself professionally, ability to use verbal and nonverbal communication appropriately, and to express knowledge about the profession of occupational therapy. Final ranking of candidates is based on the interview, GRE scores, volunteer/observation experience, and GPA. The top 48 applicants invited to enter the program are notified in late April. In addition to the selected candidates, a ranked alternate list is established. Individuals may be chosen from the alternate list to replace applicants who decline their appointment at any time, up to the date of enrollment.

Applicants who believe that they have been treated differently from other candidates in admissions decisions are to contact the Occupational Therapy Chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy for information about the appeals process. All appeals must begin at the department level.

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DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

Printable Brochure Two-page abbreviated brochure covering program admission requirements
FAQs Frequently asked questions about the program
OTCAS Link Applications to the Occupational Therapy Program are processed on-line through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS
Arkansas Course Transfer System Link For UCA courses versus Arkansas two-year and four-year colleges and universities
Tuition and Fees Occupational therapy students pay UCA general registration and other mandatory fees plus combined health science and departmental fees of $14 per credit hour and a lab fee of $5 per credit hour each semester.
Information on tuition and other mandatory fees is available from the UCA Office of Student Accounts. Fees are subject to change.
Questions regarding Financial Aid should be directed to: Ms. Emma Lafferty at emmal@uca.edu501-450-5157
UCA OT Program Essential Functions
List of essential functions that students enrolled in the OT program must perform in order to participate in and complete program. All prospective students should review this document prior to applying for admission to the program.
Transfer Student Guidelines
Link to the Registrars page
Required Volunteer/Observation Experience
Form and specific instructions for completing the required volunteer/observation experience

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CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information, please contact Education Counselor, Mrs. LaTisha P. Standokes
Email: lstandokes@uca.edu
Phone: (501) 450-5562

Department of Occupational Therapy
Doyne Health Science Center, Suite 100
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035