OTD FAQ

How many students do you accept into the OTD program each year? How competitive are admissions?

  • Admissions to the OTD program at FDU are highly competitive.
  • Our first cohort will be 25 to 30 students.

What do you look for in applicants to the OTD program? How can I improve my chances of being accepted?

  • We consider many factors when reviewing applications to the OTD program, including academic background and preparation, personal experiences, standardized test scores, observation experiences, professional goals and references. Ultimately, we are looking for students who are committed to the field of occupational therapy and who will be successful in a rigorous course of study.
  • If you are looking to improve your application, carefully review our admissions requirements and ensure that you meet or exceed our minimal expectations.

How many OT observation hours do I need and at how many sites do I need to observe?

  • To be admitted, you must have completed a total of 55 observations hours in two or more settings (e.g., hours cannot all be completed with pediatrics).
  • These hours will be documented on your OTCAS application where you will enter the hours completed as well as those that are in progress (it is okay to apply while the hours are still in progress, but they should at least be started).
  • All hours should be completed with a certified occupational therapist.
  • Hours in other settings will not be considered towards the requirement.
  • For other required materials for the program, visit fdu.edu/otd

What standardized test is required to get into the FDU-OTD program? What is the recommended score?

  • You are required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • A competitive applicant will score at or above the 50th
  • Scores should be submitted directly to the FDU School of Pharmacy and Health Science Graduate Admission. The code for the MAT is 3571
  • International Students: A score of at least a 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for international students whose native language or undergraduate education is not English. The MAT is not required.

What is the minimum GPA needed to be accepted by the FDU-OTD program?

  • The minimum overall undergraduate GPA = 3.0
  • The average GPA for students = 3.5

Is there a supplemental application I have to fill out for the FDU-OTD?

  • No, there is no supplemental application required.

How do I track my application materials being received?

  • Please check directly with OTCAS to confirm that your application has been submitted successfully and is eligible for verification by OTCAS.
  • Please check directly with the Office of Graduate Admission at 973-443-8412 or ot@fdu.edu to check the receipt of your MAT score report.

When is the deadline to submit applications? Do you use rolling admissions?

  • The application submission deadline to OTCAS is January 11, 2023.
  • The OTD program uses a rolling admission process.

If I wasn’t accepted into the program last year, how do I reapply for the next cycle?

  • You’ll need to complete the following steps:
    • Go to https://portal.otcas.org/ and click “Re-Applying to OTCAS” to update your application.
    • Send any test scores not previously submitted to FDU SPHS Graduate Admissions. Add the phone or address.

If I’m having trouble with the OTCAS application, then who do I contact?

  • Please contact OTCAS directly (not FDU). OTCAS will be able to address any difficulties you are having with the application process and can be contacted via the following information:
    • Hours:  Monday to Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
    • Email: otcasinfo@otcas.org
    • Phone: 617-612-2860

Where do I send transcripts?

  • Submit official transcripts for each institution attended directly to OTCAS for verification (not to FDU). Follow the OTCAS instructions for submission.

What undergraduate degrees are acceptable for admissions?

  • We admit students from different academic backgrounds since we are an entry-level master’s program.
  • If you are looking to complete a bachelor’s degree in the near future, choose a major that incorporates the prerequisite courses and will prepare you for other graduate OT programs should you not be accepted into FDU OTD program. Some recommendations include psychology, pre-health, kinesiology, health sciences, and other health-related degree programs.

What is the approximate cost of the OTD program?

  • For the 2022-2023 academic year, in-state tuition is $1, 200 per credit (there are 110 credits total over 36 months).

What options are there for financial aid?

What are the different housing options for on and off campus?

  • Off Campus Housing
  • A Facebook group for accepted OTD students will give you the opportunity to interact with other students and explore roommate and housing options.

When does the FDU-OTD program start? How long is the program?

  • The OTD program begins July 5 and takes three years (36 months) to complete.
  • The first year goes from July 5 to mid-August and then a regular academic year with a fall and spring semester.
  • The second year includes a summer and fall coursework sessions, and on the spring semester students complete their Level II clinical/fieldwork experiences.
  • The third year includes summer and fall coursework sessions and on the spring, students will complete their 14 weeks capstone residency, with graduation scheduled for May.

How is the safety around Campus?

  • Campus Safety Services offers safety measures such as police services, security services, emergency lights and phones and much more.

What types of fieldwork are considered and where will I be placed?

  • There are two types of fieldwork experiences, level I and level II.
  • During the fall and spring of the first year and fall of the second year, each student will participate in three fieldwork experiences that are directly connected to coursework.  One placement is in mental health, other in pediatrics, and another in adults. For level I fieldwork experiences, students are placed within one and half hours of their home address.
  • During the spring of the second year, students complete two 12-weeks full time equivalent level II fieldwork experiences. These fieldwork experiences are in a broad range of settings, including but not limited to pediatrics, mental health, physical disabilities, nursing homes and acute care facilities. Fieldwork II placements will be determined by the fall semester of the second year.
  • The Fieldwork I sites are assigned by the Fieldwork Coordinator and are course specific. The Fieldwork II placements are a little more flexible in that the student may be able to select a geographic area to work in as long as he or she secures their own housing and transportation and provides this request to the Fieldwork Office well in advance for any areas outside of Tri-State area.

Is it possible to work while enrolled in this program?

  • If you decide to work while enrolled, we suggest a flexible part-time job with no more than 15 to 20 hours per week. It is possible to work some on weekends, but it would be very difficult to work during the weekday at a job since classes are during the day Monday through Friday (roughly 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM).

Are there any community service activities FDU’s OTD program allows the students to participate in?

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University OTD program is placed in a very diverse setting, so there are many opportunities to work with the community.
  • As part of the Professional Seminar course, students will complete community service activities in the New Jersey area.

Will Fairleigh Dickinson University OTD program offer opportunities for the students to hold social activities or network with other occupational therapy activities or events?

  • The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a club formed by the first- and second-year students. SOTA plans social events for everyone to get to know each other, meetings to develop new ideas for the program, and outside events such as dinners and conferences with occupational therapists around the area. It is also a service organization that supports community engagements. SOTA is a great club that offers the students a way to network with current occupational therapists and professors.
  • In addition, the FDU OTD program has a student Honor Society, Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), which students are invited to join based on academic performance.

Are there opportunities for research in the OTD program?

  • Students have opportunities in courses, outside activities and developing research projects to become a part of ongoing research.
  • The OTD capstone will also provide plenty of opportunities to develop scholarly projects and publications.