How to Apply | Occupational Therapy
The application for the incoming class of 2021 will be available in late July.
Pacific University OT application - The fall 2021 incoming entry will make use of the OTCAS application.
We use the OTCAS application.
The OT Admissions Committee meets from October through the end of March. Applications should be turned in between October 1st and December 4th each year.
Preferred deadline: November 1st
Final Deadline: December 4th
With the OTCAS application, we strongly advise all candidates to turn in your application in early November. It can take OTCAS a full month to verify your application, so it is best to turn it in early in the month of November.
Please contact us if you would like information about the upcoming admissions cycle for 2021.
We do not require the GRE.
Applications are accepted between Sept. 15 and Dec 4.
- Application Preferred Deadline: November 1
- Application Deadline: Dec. 4
- On-Campus Interviews: January-March
- Admissions Decisions: March
- Program Start: August
Recommended Observation Experience (20 hours minimum)
It is recommended applicants observe 20 hours or more of paid, volunteer, or shadow experience. The method to document this experience is through the School of Occupational Therapy application process. There will be no official document you will need to get signed.
The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated at the time you submit your application. No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.
The Admissions Committee encourages seeking out observation experiences in diverse settings to provide an understanding of inpatient and outpatient populations. Examples may include, but are not limited to: hospitals, clinics (pediatrics and hand therapy), private offices and schools.
Based on the review of the application by the Admissions Committee, the most competitive applicants are invited for a personal interview. The interview is required and is a strong contributing factor in the admission decision. It allows the Admissions Committee to assess essential skills and factors which may not be reflected in the application. In the interview, consideration is given to candidates’ knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career as an occupational therapist, ability to think clearly and logically, self-confidence, and verbal expression of ideas.
The interview requires approximately half a day and will include multiple events:
- Q&A with current students
- Faculty interaction
- Classroom visit
- Writing sample
- Tour of the Hillsboro Campus
- Overview of admissions, financial aid and student life
Invited interview candidates will receive a two to three weeks of notice to allow time to arrange travel and accommodations. The interview packet will provide further information about the area and recommended places to stay. The interview will take place at the Hillsboro Campus and can be accessed via the MAX light rail train from the Portland metro area. Interview candidates for whom the on-campus interview is not feasible may request a telephone interview option that includes several components of the on-campus interview.