Pre-Occupational Therapy Application Resources

Research Occupational Therapy Schools Before You Apply

  • List of Texas Occupational Therapy Schools
  • AOTA has a list of accredited programs on its website. Use this to research programs before you apply

Learn About the Application Services 

Texas occupational therapy  schools use OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service)

  •  Check out the OTCAS Quick Start Guide
    • For any school NOT using OTCAS, see individual school admission web pages for application instructions.

Complete Your Secondary Applications 

Some health professions schools require secondary applications to be completed in addition to the primary application through OTCAS.

  • Applications are not considered complete until the secondary application is submitted!
  • Most secondary applications require an additional fee and the majority of secondary application fees are non-refundable.
  • Some secondary applications are available and should be completed very soon after you submit your primary application. Other secondary applications are by invite only.
  • If a school's secondary application is by invite only they will notify you and ask you to complete their own specific secondary application only after they have reviewed your primary application.
  • Please check with the schools on the secondary policies, availability and application fees. Application fees range from $0 - $100+.

Any questions relating to a secondary application should be directed to the respective school.

Request Letters of Evaluation 

Letters of evaluation are key pieces of your occupational therapy school application. Each application has its own way of collecting letters and number and type of letters vary from school to school. Check with the application service you are using for additional details. 

References should come directly from the evaluator to OTCAS unless otherwise instructed by your designated OT program. Evaluators can send References to OTCAS electronically or by using a paper Reference Form that can be printed from the OTCAS application.

Write Your Personal Statement

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to occupational therapy school. As the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values

Prepare for Your Interview

It is important to professionally and properly represent yourself to an admissions committee. From what to wear, to anticipating what questions might be asked.