Applicant Responsibilities

OTCAS applicants agree to abide by certain rules and requirements.

Professional Behavior

OT applicants are expected to act professionally in all of their dealings with OTCAS and the occupational therapy programs. Applicants are expected to properly follow instructions and meet deadlines. Responsibility, respect, good judgment, and cooperation are qualities valued by the OT profession; applicants are expected to demonstrate these qualities beginning with the application process.

Applicants using OTCAS agree to:

  • Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admissions process
  • Be responsible and accountable for actions
  • Research the admission prerequisites for each designated OT program, including supplemental requirements
  • Abide by all deadlines
  • Enter accurate and comprehensive data into the OTCAS application
  • Compose a personal essay without assistance from others
  • Arrange for OTCAS to receive official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. and Canadian college and university attended using the OTCAS Transcript Request form
  • Pay the correct OTCAS application fee
  • Arrange for application materials to be sent to OTCAS or directly to the program, as required
  • Print a copy of the completed application before e-submitting it to OTCAS
  • Check application status frequently by logging onto the OTCAS web application
  • Frequently check email and login to the application for important messages from OTCAS
  • Personally respond immediately to all communication from OTCAS and programs
  • Contact designated OT programs directly about admission decisions, admission requirements, curriculum, housing, financial aid, etc
  • Contact OTCAS customer support staff about any OTCAS issues or questions, such as GPAs or missing documents
  • Log off the OTCAS web application after each session to protect against unauthorized access to the application
  • Maintain record of the OTCAS identification number

Review all OTCAS instructions and program-specific admission requirements before you begin your application.

Important Information
  • The OTCAS program deadline indicates either the date that you must e-submit the application, become complete, or have the application verified.
  • OTCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by your registrar’s office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, nor does sending transcripts express or certified guarantee receipt by OTCAS.
  • Allow up to 4 weeks for OTCAS to process and verify your application once your application, official transcripts, and fee are received.
  • Your designated OT programs may require supplemental materials before your application is considered.
  • OT programs may not take all OTCAS application fields into consideration in the admission decision process.
  • Carefully review the instructions on this web site to prepare for the OTCAS application process.
Equal Opportunity Statement

The Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) value diversity and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws related to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. As such, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of their policies, practices, or procedures.

Occupational Therapy Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Neither AOTA nor OTCAS have adopted any policies or positions regarding the essential skills or technical standards necessary to practice or function as an occupational therapist. However, individual OT programs generally do have these types of policies in place. A program’s technical standards and/or essential skills document may describe the physical, behavioral, and/or cognitive abilities needed to complete the occupational therapist curriculum at that particular institution and to competently perform as a occupational therapist upon graduation. Contact your designated OT programs directly regarding program-specific policies.