Frequently Asked Questions 


I want to apply for the OTD and the MSOT program. Do I need to submit two application fees in OTCAS?
Yes. The OTCAS system requires an initial $150 fee for one program application and $65 for additional programs. Each program, even within the same university is considered distinct.

I want to apply for the OTD and the MSOT program. Do I need to submit two ACU fees?
No.  Only one ACU fee is required to apply to the university.

When will the OTCAS application open for the next cohort?
The OTCAS application opens each July. 

When is the ACU application deadline? What if my OTCAS application is not verified by the deadline?
The deadline to apply is December 14th and this deadline does include the OTCAS verification process.  Please click here to find helpful application timeline tips from OTCAS. 

Do I need to submit documents to ACU, in addition to OTCAS? Is there a supplemental ACU application fee?
Upon submitting your OTCAS application, you’ll find instructions for paying the $65 ACU application fee. All other documents are reviewed through OTCAS. 

How many applicants apply/are accepted each year?
The ACU OTD is a new program and is in the application process for candidacy for approval to accept admission of its first class in fall of 2021.  The program will accept 8 applicants fall 2021, 10 fall 2022 and a maximum class size of 15 fall 2023. 

What is the minimum GPA required to apply?
An overall GPA of 3.2 is required to apply.

If I retake a course, is the original grade still included in the GPA calculation?
Yes, all grades earned for repeated courses are factored into your OTCAS GPA. 

What is the minimum number of observation hours needed to apply?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACU MSOT & OTD programs have waived the observation/volunteer hour criteria as an application requirement for Fall 2021 entry. Please note, however, that familiarity with the profession remains a selection consideration. 

Can I include non-OT observation hours on the form, such as observing a PT?
No, all hours entered into the OTCAS observation section must have been spent observing a licensed occupational therapist. 

How do I document my observation hours?
Applicants will enter observation information directly into their OTCAS portal.  Please click here for observation hour tracking information and instructions. ACU does not require additional forms or signatures. 

What are the prerequisite courses for the program?
Prerequisites include:·  

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy)·  
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) minimum of 6 credit hours total·  
  • Statistics 3 credit hour minimum·  
  • Abnormal Psychology 3 credit hour minimum·  
  • Life Span Development 3 credit hour minimum·  
  • Medical Terminology may be taken as a certificate or continuing education course 

Do all of my prerequisites courses need to be completed before the application deadline?

  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application, with the exception of A&P I and A&P II.
  • If a student is taking A&P II during the fall semester of their admissions cycle, they must enter their final grade in OTCAS as soon as it is posted in December.

How old can my prerequisite courses be when I apply?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment.  

Is there a minimum grade for a prerequisite course?
Yes, all prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed with a grade no lower than C.  Credit/no Credit designations are not acceptable for prerequisite courses. 

Can I take some of the prerequisites during the first semester of the OTD program?  
No, an official, degree awarding transcript showing all prerequisite final grades must be submitted before beginning the ACU OTD program. 

How do I know if my class satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
If the name of your course does not match the name of the prerequisite, you can request a prerequisite review to confirm that it will satisfy the requirement. To request a prerequisite review, please email Please include the following information in the email:

  • ACU prerequisite course name
  • Course name, course number, and catalog description for the corresponding course in question
  • University or college providing the course
  • Year and semester during which the course was taken 

Does ACU have a preference for prerequisite course completion at a 2-year versus a 4-year institution? Online or residential?
The ACU OTD does not have a preference, as long as the college or university is accredited. 

Is the GRE required for admission?
No, the GRE is not required. If provided in OTCAS, your GRE score will not be reviewed by the ACU OTD admissions committee. 

Can I transfer credits to ACU’s OTD from another program?   
No, the ACU OTD program does not accept transfer credits from another university. 

When will I be notified of my admission status?
Admission invitations will begin in late January and will continue until the cohort is filled. Invited individuals have two weeks to accept their invitation. All applicants will be notified concerning a waitlist once the cohort is filled (in late February).

If I am waitlisted, when will I be notified if I’m accepted?
Waitlisted applicants are notified as soon as there is an opening in the cohort. This could occur as late as August in some cases. 


Is the program accredited?

No.  The ACU OTD is a new program and is in the application process for candidacy for approval to accept admission of its first class in the fall of 2021. Subsequent to a positive candidacy decision students may be notified of acceptance May 2021. Final accreditation decision will be made in August 2023. 

ACU is seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-6611, and its web address is

What are the ACU NBCOT exam pass rates?
As of this time no students have completed the OTD program. Pass rates for each cohort of the ACU MSOT may be found here.

How many entry terms are offered each year?
One entry term is offered each fall; new students begin in late August. 

What is the length of the program?
Students complete the program in 2 years, five months (graduating in December).  

Can I enroll part time?
There are no part time options. 

What are the fieldwork expectations?
Fieldwork consists of two phases and a doctoral capstone experience

  • Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester, can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed OT. The student is required to successfully complete three Level 1 Fieldwork experiences.
  • Fieldwork Level 2 generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. Students work closely with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to determine the best location and OT environment for the student.
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience is a 14 week (540 hour) assignment in a setting chosen by the student in collaboration with their faculty mentor and the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator in a designated area of interest. 

What is the cost of tuition? Are scholarships offered?
For cost information, please visit the Doctor of Occupational Therapy page and review the “Degree Details” section. Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. 

Can I attend an ACU OTD Open House?
Absolutely! Please click here to learn more about upcoming Open Houses or to schedule a campus visit. 

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