Admission into the occupational therapy doctoral program (OTD) is competitive and selective due to a limited class size. Preference is given to Mississippi residents; out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted. The program does not accept outside course work, work experience or experiential learning in place of any OTD curriculum course. The program does not offer advanced placement or admission based on ability to benefit.
In addition to the general admission requirements for UMMC and SHRP, candidates seeking admission into the occupational therapy doctoral program must also meet the following minimum requirements:
*Note: GRE scores will no longer be required for students applying to enter the OTD program in May 2024 or later.
1 Statistics may include courses such as Elementary, Behavioral or Introductory.
2 One course of pure human anatomy with lab AND one course of pure physiology with lab is equivalent to two combined anatomy and physiology with lab courses.
* Survey and Technical courses are not acceptable for any prerequisite course requirement.
* Courses beyond the required prerequisites (above) which may be helpful to the student in the OTD program include: medical terminology; advanced science courses; psychology courses and/or research courses.
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*Observation Hours adjustments due to COVID-19.
As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID -19) and associated restrictions, our priority is the safety and well-being of our applicants and for the medical institutions who are committed to providing excellent care to our fellow Mississippians. While we must continue to uphold the integrity of our admission process, we also recognize the need to offer some flexibility as related to in person observation hours.
Please note that when it is possible to obtain in person observation experiences, we encourage you to do so.
Observation hours for the 2024 OTD application cycle shall be accepted as follows:
Once the minimum number of hours is complete, applicants should upload the in person observation form(s) and the entire virtual observation reflection document together in one combined file/attachment to the admission application in Workday.