VCU Honors College

Guaranteed Admission Program

Guaranteed Admission Program (Occupational Therapy)

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) program prepares students for entry-level practice while also providing advanced training in evidence-based practice, interprofessional and collaborative care and program and career development. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy offers a unique 7 year program (4 years of undergraduate studies, 3 years (9 semesters) of professional school). Students who are accepted into the Guaranteed Admission Program and successfully complete the program requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU- OTD entry level program

Honors pre-occupational therapy students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy at the end of your sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health, OTD Program without further competition.

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All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.

  • Graduate with University Honors
  • Submit the honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation)
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to the occupational therapy professional program (link to O-TD)
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
  • Complete Psychology 410: Cognitive Psychology; HPEX 250: Medical Terminology; and HPEX 332: Motor Learning and Performance or HPEX 373: Structural Kinesiology.
  • Complete 30 hours per year of clinical work in occupational therapy (volunteer or paid employment). Although health care research is highly valued, the only health care-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
  • If you wish to take required course work from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
  • Complete the GRE with an earned score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning and a score of 160 in Verbal Reasoning, and a minimum score of 4.0 (56th percentile). This must be completed by August. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the occupational therapy program.
  • Complete an occupational therapy application through Occupational Therapy Central Application Services (OTCAS) including, in part, three references, a personal statement and required second essay (value-added essay) and payment of a nonrefundable application fee to OTCAS by Sept. 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin the occupational therapy program.  Students must notify, Director of the Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program, Dr. Dianne Simons upon completion of the application to alert your intent to be processed via the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Occupational Therapy).