The American Occupational Therapy Association has launched an occupational therapy centralized application service (OTCAS) in an effort to better accommodate prospective occupational therapy applicants. The VCU Department of Occupational Therapy will be participating in this common application service. Therefore, all students interested in applying to VCU’s entry level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program must submit their application materials directly to OTCAS.
Applicants who apply through OTCAS will submit a completed Web-based application comprising biographical data, colleges and universities attended, academic course history, occupational therapy observation hours, three letters of reference, work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, professional licenses and a personal essay. It is the applicant’s responsibility to read and follow all OTCAS and program-specific instructions.
VCU requires 60 hours of observation under an occupational therapist. This observation must take place in a minimum of two settings, one of which needs to be with adults and the other with children and/or youth.
Please note that in addition to the OTCAS application that VCU requires the completion of the VCU Graduate School application, payment of the $50 application fee and reciept of an official copy of Graduate Record Examination scores from the Education Testing Service. Virginia residents can submit a request for an in-state tuition with the Graduate School application. It is not necessary to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation or the personal statement with the VCU application, as these are submitted through OTCAS.
Apply online now: www.otcas.org