Get into OT School

If you know you want to be an occupational therapist but the OT school application process has you feeling overwhelmed, then this guide is for you!

OT school is getting more and more competitive every year. There are a lot of highly qualified candidates from all over the country fighting for a select number of spots. Often there are hundreds of applicants for only 30-40 openings in an OT program.

With all the competition and quality candidates you’re going up against, it’s harder than ever to stand out from the crowd. To get into OT school, you need to do everything you can to make your application as strong as possible.

But it’s hard to know what to focus on that will help you the most. Do you need more shadowing hours? Do you need to improve your GPA? Is your GRE score good enough? Are you doing OTCAS right?

The guide goes in depth for every aspect of your application, and it helps you understand what you need to know and what you need to do to make yourself the strongest candidate you can be.

11 Topics Covered in Depth

1. The Years and Months Before Applying

2. Master’s (MOT) vs. Doctorate (OTD)

3. What to Consider When Researching OT Programs

4. Getting Your Observation Hours

5. Acing the GRE

6. Write an Awesome Personal Statement

7. Letters of Recommendation

8. Using OTCAS to Submit Your Applications

9. Acing Your OT School Interviews

10. Paying for OT School

11. If You Didn’t Get Accepted

By Sarah Stromsdorfer MS, OTR/L from