OTD Admissions

Application Process: OTCAS

Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences operates on a rolling admissions basis for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Application review begins early fall and continues into the spring semester each year. Due to the limited seats available in each entering class, it is recommended that applicants submit their applications early for review.

The Occupational Therapy Department will use the Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). This centralized service allows applicants to use a single application to apply to multiple programs. OTCAS collects and processes the applications and forwards them to us. Applicants submit a web-based application comprised of biographical data, post-secondary institutions attended, academic course history, leadership, work and volunteer experience, observation hours, and essay. Transcripts, MAT scores, and letters of recommendation are sent directly to OTCAS.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to read and follow all OTCAS specific instructions.

To initiate this process and apply to FDU-OTD, the candidate will go to OTCAS, and follow the instructions carefully. Candidate may check the status of their application using the OTCAS site as the OT Department will regularly update statuses in the system.

OTCAS Login: Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service.

Deadline: The OTCAS deadline for entering Spring 2023 is December 5, 2022.

Fairleigh Dickinson University does not require a Supplemental Application.

Interview for the OTD Program

The most qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview that will take place at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and, from this group, a cohort of 30 students will be selected.  The selection process will reflect on academic background and potential; healthcare, work, and volunteer experiences; leadership skills; and motivation, understanding of the OTD profession and professional responsibilities, professional demeanor, and interpersonal/verbal skills.

Notification of Acceptance to the OTD Program

All candidates will be notified of the admission committee’s decision which may include acceptance to the program or placement on a wait list. A ranked wait list from candidates who have been interviewed will be maintained. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the start of classes, the position will be offered to candidates on the wait list.

Technical Standards 

A completed Occupational Therapy Program Essential Skills and Standards Acknowledgement.

Advanced placement

The OTD Program does not grant prospective or enrolled OT students a waiver of required coursework or advanced placement. Due to the sequential construction of the OTD curriculum, OT students are required to attend all courses and fieldwork in the didactic and clinical phases and cannot advance in the curriculum without completing all curricular components.  While the program requires prerequisite courses (such as anatomy, abnormal psychology, human development across the lifespan, and statistic) prior to enrollment, those prerequisites do not substitute for more advanced foundational core and sciences courses offered within the curriculum of the OT Program.

Please note: We do not accept CLEP or AP courses for prerequisites and science courses must be taken in person, not online. Prerequisite courses can be taken at a local community college or any accredited institution of higher learning. These courses may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed by the spring semester prior to the beginning of the program.

  • Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program given the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Prerequisite Course Requirements



Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab


Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab


Neuroscience or Brain and Behavior


Lifespan or Human Development OR

3 Courses to include Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Development OR Courses that cover the Lifespan Development


Cultural Ideas and/or Global Perspectives (any course in one of the following areas: world religions, gender studies, sociology, anthropology)


Medical Terminology


Abnormal Psychology




English Composition or Technical Writing


Humanities (Ethics, Philosophy or Anthropology or Theology)




Transfer of credit

Transfer of credit is not accepted in any portion of the three-year OTD curriculum.

Experiential learning and work experience credit

Neither experiential learning nor work experience is accepted for credit to meet the requirements for the OTD degree. Moreover, work experience shall not be accepted for credit toward the experiential learning courses (i.e., Level I or II Fieldwork; Doctoral Capstone) within the curriculum.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Fairleigh Dickinson University, the sponsoring institution, defines, publishes, makes readily available and consistently applies to students its policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees. The tuition rate for full-time students entering July 5, 2022 is $40,000 per year, plus additional fees. The tuition rate is published each year at Graduate Tuition and Fees website. Students who withdraw from the program may request a tuition refund as stipulated in the Tuition and Fee Schedule and on the “Withdrawals, Cancellations, Refunds” section of Enrollment Services

The tuition for the FDU OTD Program is inclusive of tuition, fees, iPad, and laboratory equipment. The rehabilitation practicums resources and scrubs for labs are provided to the OTD student by the OTD Program and included in the OTD tuition. A student dropping OTD courses without withdrawing from the University will be refunded according to the University policy, as published in the Bulletin. Students wishing to partake in clinical rotations abroad are responsible for travel and housing.