VCU Honors College

Guaranteed Admission Program

Preferred Applicant Track (Occupational Therapy)

The Preferred Applicant Track for Occupational Therapy offers honors pre-occupational therapy students an opportunity to apply to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Occupational Therapy at the end of your sophomore year at VCU. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health, Department of Occupational Therapy, Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program without further competition.

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You will be directed to the instructions for applying, after which you can submit your application online.

Who is eligible?

All pre-occupational therapy students entering VCU as freshmen are eligible for the Preferred Applicant Track. Students who are not admitted to The Honors College prior to entering VCU must meet therequirements for admission to The Honors College and be accepted prior to the end of the second year of undergraduate studies.

Are transfer students eligible?


Are there any requirements for the program?

Students accepted into the Preferred Applicant Track (OT) must successfully complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program (OT).

What do I need to do to apply?

An application for admission to The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (OT) will be available from The Honors College during the spring semester of your sophomore year. This application, along with two letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a practicing occupational therapist), must be submitted to The Honors College by the deadline date.

In order to apply, a student must be in good standing in The Honors College and have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: BIOL 151-152 and labs, BIO 205, PHIS 206, PSYC 101, PSYC 304, PSYC 407 and STAT 210. Courses must be completed at VCU during either the fall or spring semesters or by AP/IB/dual-enrollment credit in high school. Any exception to this requires the written approval of the director of the Guaranteed Admission Programs.

Can I go to occupational therapy school a year early?

The Preferred Applicant Track is a seven-year program — four years of undergraduate study and nine semesters (3 years) of study at the Department of Occupational Therapy. If you wish to apply for an earlier date of admission, you must go through the standard admission process.

What if I don’t get an offer?

You will still have the benefit of an excellent pre-OT education. Further, all applicants who are not offered admission in this process will be given an opportunity to receive feedback from a member of the Department of Occupational Therapy’s Admissions Office.

What about SAT scores?

No minimum SAT score is required for this track. However, you should be aware that you will be expected to achieve well academically in a challenging curriculum. We are aware that SAT scores alone will not guarantee academic success. Therefore, for this program we are choosing to focus on your demonstrated achievement, as opposed to your test scores.

What do I have to major in?

Students are free to choose any of the undergraduate majors offered by VCU. All can accommodate the prerequisite course work for OT school and offer excellent pre-OT preparation, although very structured majors may require summer school to complete the prerequisites. Your four years as an undergraduate should be a time of wonderful challenge, exciting discovery and the joy of learning — all experiences that are best achieved if you choose a major you are passionate about. Your Honors College advisor will work closely with you to help you accomplish your learning goals.

Who do I contact for more information?

Carrie G. Connolly, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Honors College
P.O. Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
Phone: (804) 828-1803