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Occupational Therapy

MOT Master of Occupational Therapy & OTD Doctor of Occupational Therapy

“Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support(s) for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of settings-including hospitals, schools, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, community centers, and health care facilities, and they can even come to your home.” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2021)

The entry-level OTD program provides an opportunity to move directly into the profession at the doctoral level. After completing your bachelor’s degree, Master of Occupational Therapy Graduate Degree programs take about two years to complete. Doctor of Occupational Therapy Programs take two-and-a-half to three years to complete. After completing a MOT or OTD program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT national board examination to become a licensed occupational therapist.

  • Prerequisite Chart
      • PreHealthRequirements.pdf (
      • UF Department of Occupational Therapy OTD Required Prerequisites
        • Biology with lab (4 credits required)* (*Core Biology and lab are preferred.)
        • Human Physiology with lab (4-8 credits required)**
        • Human (Systemic) Anatomy and lab (4-8 credits)**
        • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits required)
        • Introduction to Statistics (3 credits required)
        • Sociology or Anthropology (3 credits required)
        • Oral Communications (2-3 credits) (public speaking, therapeutic or personal communication, etc.)
        • Medical Terminology (1-2 credits)
        • ** A 2 course Anatomy and Physiology with Lab sequence will meet the requirement for a 4 credit lecture lab physiology course. Applicants must successfully complete both courses to meet the requirement. Completion of the 2 course sequence will also count as a 4 credit Anatomy course.
        • Check schools of interest for any additional prerequisite courses that are required.
  • Recommended Electives
    • Chemistry: at least 1 semester (e.g. General Chemistry I: CHM2045 + CHM2045L)
    • Physics: at least 1 semester (e.g. PHY2053 + PHY2053L)
    • Additional science electives if needed for academic enhancement purposes.
    • Check schools of interest for any additional recommended courses.
    • UF Pre-Health Website-


  • GPA Information
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for upper division (junior and senior level) undergraduate college coursework. (UF OTD Program)
    • A minimum GPA of 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale) for all prerequisite courses. No grade lower than a C. (UF OTD Program)
    • Applying to OT Programs: An overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or above is preferred.
    • The resources listed below are just a handful of those that are available to you. Please do some exploration on your own to see what options may be
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  • Standardized Test Resources & Information
      • ETS GRE Information Page
      • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored from 130 to 170 with a mean score of 150 each (300 total). For the Analytical. Writing section, the two essays are averaged and rounded on a 0-6 score scale. Scores are available 10-15 days after your test date in your ETS account. Four free score recipients are included with your test fee.
      • The overall testing time for the GRE General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
      • The sections of the GRE include:
        • Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)
        • Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)
        • Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)
        • Unscored section (does not count towards score)
      • All schools will accept the GRE. However, some may also accept the following:
        • It is important to do your research on your schools of interest to see what exams they may or may not accept in place of the GRE.
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Application Requirement Costs ($)
GRE Exam $205 for the exam; optional additional test preparation items (FREE - $72.00)
Standardized Tests Accepted Other Than the GRE All schools/colleges of occupational therapy accept the GRE ($205). Some schools may be waiving this requirement for admissions; check with each program you are applying to.
OTCAS Application $150 for the first program you apply to and $65 for each additional program; OTCAS opens in mid-July. Early admission deadline is November 15. Regular admission deadline is January 15.
Supplemental Application Some programs may have an additional supplemental fee; contact your programs to learn if they require this and how to pay it.
Transcript Processing $10 *Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, all official UF transcripts will cost $10 per copy. Order through the Office of the University Registrar, Official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS Transcript Processing Center.
In-person Interviews Will depend on the school/program preference. Potential costs to consider: Attire > $150, Airline Ticket > $400, Hotel > $200/night, Ground Transportation > $50
Virtual Interviews Will depend on the school/program preference. Check with each program to learn more.
Background Checks Will depend on the school/program. Check with each program to learn more.
Acceptance Deposits Will depend on the program. Can be up to $500 to guarantee your spot in a program. Some deposits are applied to your tuition in the first semester of the program.


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UF does not endorse any test prep companies or resources. See below for some standardized exam information and preparation links (not an exhaustive list).

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UF Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Ranked 4th among public research universities for its graduate program.
  • Ranked #10 of all universities in the U.S.
  • The college ranks ninth in NIH funding among accredited schools of public health at public universities.
  • UFOT Tripled their grant funding from 2017-2019