Documents (Personal Statement)

Provide supporting documentation for your application. You may update the information in this section at any time prior to submission. Once you have submitted, you will be able to add more documents if there are optional document uploads available to you, but you will not be able to replace existing document uploads with new versions or delete uploaded documents.

 Verifying Occupational Therapy Observation Hours

Some programs may need applicants to have their observation hours verified by the occupational therapist shadowed. Applicants have four (4) document upload sections for the verification of OT observation hours. Applicants may upload signed documents to show the verification of the observation hours. Applicants MUST check with individual occupational therapy programs to determine their requirements for the verification of observation hours. OTCAS will not determine if you met the minimum observation requirements for your designated OT programs.

Personal Statement

Use your own words to create a personal essay that responds to the question below. Upload your personal essay using the upload tool labeled ‘Personal Statement.’

Your Personal Statement should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. The personal essay is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity for you to clearly and effectively express your ideas.

Do NOT personalize your statement for a particular degree institution. You can NOT make any edits to your Personal Statement after you have e-submitted your completed application to OTCAS.


Technical Requirements

Applicants must upload their personal statement to the OTCAS Application. The accepted file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 5MB.

OTCAS will not review your essay response for grammar or content.