Admissions Process and Interviews

Q: What weight will be applied to each of the admissions requirements?

A: Each occupational therapist program will evaluate your application based on program-specific criteria. OTCAS is not involved in setting the admissions criteria and cannot provide information on a program’s admissions requirements. Review the OTCAS program pages in the Directory or contact your designated OT programs directly if you have any questions.

Q: When will I be notified if and when I will be interviewed?

A: OTCAS does not notify applicants about interviews. If you are selected for an interview by any of your designated programs, then the program will contact you directly to schedule. Not all OT programs require an interview as part of the admissions process. If you have questions about the interview process, contact the individual programs directly. Interview policies and practices vary by institution.

Q: What role does OTCAS play in the admissions process?

A: OTCAS is a centralized application service designed to facilitate the application process for the participating OT programs and prospective students. This online application will allow you to create a single application that you can send to one or more of the OT programs participating in the Service. OTCAS will not decide if you have met the program’s requirements or are qualified to enroll. Each OTCAS program will make independent admission decisions based on local criteria.

Q: What types of questions should I direct to OTCAS customer service staff?

A: OTCAS staff is well qualified to assist with any questions regarding the following topics:

  • General questions regarding policies and procedures of the OTCAS online application process
  • General questions regarding official transcripts and coursework verification.
  • Questions regarding OTCAS GPA calculations.
  • General questions regarding references, as well as the OTCAS online Reference portal.

Please read all OTCAS instructions and the entire FAQ list thoroughly before you contact the OTCAS office. Many of your questions will be addressed on the web site. We strongly recommend that you e-mail your questions to if you do not find the answers or other information on the website, as e-mail is the most efficient way to communicate with OTCAS. Please allow up to 3 business days to receive a reply to your inquiry. When contacting via e-mail, please provide your full name, OTCAS ID number and your detailed question.

If you are unable to find answers to your questions in the instructions or FAQs, you may also contact us via telephone at 617–612–2860 between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Our customer support representatives can provide you general and technical assistance to help you properly complete the application process.

Q: What types of questions should I direct to OT program admissions office?

A: OTCAS is pleased to assist you with any questions you have about the OTCAS application process. However, OTCAS customer support cannot provide information on certain subjects, so questions about the following issues should be directed to your designated OT admissions offices:

  • Specific admission requirements and policies
  • Admission decisions
  • Minimum course requirements and course substitutions
  • Interviews or review criteria
  • Foreign transcript evaluation service
  • Non-OTCAS programs and websites
  • Supplemental applications and fees

For instance, if you would like to know if the late submission of your transcripts would affect your eligibility for admission, then you will need to check with the OT programs directly. OTCAS cannot tell you whether you have met the minimum course requirements for your designated program(s). In addition, OTCAS cannot respond to questions about a particular program’s admission policies for supplemental applications, interviews, review criteria, admission decisions, etc. Review the OTCAS program pages to find this type of information. If you have questions about OT program requirements, e-mail or call the institution directly. Visit the Participating Programs page for a list of programs.

Q: How will I be notified of any admissions decisions?

A: OT programs will contact you directly regarding all admission decisions. OTCAS cannot respond to questions about admission decisions.