OTD Frequently Asked Questions
What is your accreditation status?
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by 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-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Do you require the GRE?
At this time, we do not require the GRE.
Do you require observation hours?
Typically, twenty (20) hours of occupational therapist observation is required. Evidence of a current OTA license can be substituted for the observation hours.
The observation hours requirement has been waived for the 2023-2024 admission cycle. However, we encourage you to complete observation hours if you are able to. The purpose of OT observation hours is to explore the field of OT as a profession and to help ensure that this is the right career for you.
Do you have a rolling admissions process?
An early and rolling admissions process will be used to extend program offers between September and November 30 annually. During this timeframe, applicants who receive an OTCAS score of 45.00 or higher will automatically receive an offer until all available positions within the program have been filled. During this timeframe, all applicants who receive an OTCAS score below 45.00 will receive a deferred early admissions decision.
If on December 1, all the positions within the program have not been filled, applicants who received a deferred early admissions notification will be ranked from highest to lowest using their total OTCAS score. The remaining position(s) in the program will then be offered to the highest-scoring applicant(s). As new applications are verified and reviewed, the Admissions Counselor will add the applicant(s) to the ranking list placed in the appropriate sequence based on their total OTCAS score.
Do you have a waitlist?
A rolling admissions process will be used to extend early program offers between September 12, 2023, and November 30, 2023.
EARLY ADMISSIONS OFFERS
An early and rolling admissions process will be used to extend program offers between September 12, 2023, and November 30, 2023. During this timeframe, applicants who receive a predetermined minimum score will automatically receive an offer until all available positions within the program have been filled. During this timeframe, all applicants who receive an OTCAS score below the predetermined score will receive a deferred early admissions decision.
DEFERRED ADMISSIONS OFFERS
If on December 1, all the positions within the program have not been filled, applicants who received a deferred early admissions notification will be ranked from highest to lowest using their total OTCAS score. The remaining position(s) in the program will then be offered to the highest-scoring applicant(s). As new applications are verified and reviewed, the Admissions Counselor will add the applicant(s) to the ranking list placed in the appropriate sequence based on their total OTCAS score. Applications for consideration, must be complete and verified in OTCAS before the closing of the admission cycle on June 8, 2024.
Do you require all course work to be complete prior to applying to the program?
Course work is only required to be completed prior to the start of the academic year.
Can you review my transcripts and guide me on what is still need for the application process?
Kettering College now uses Transferology to confirm transferable courses. Login to Transferology (https://www.transferology.com/index.htm)
to see how your courses will transfer, and contact us with any additional questions.
Do you currently accept transfer students?
At the present, we DO NOT accept any OTD transfer courses. All applicants must take ALL OTD courses from us.
International Credit Transfers
If you have received college credit from any international college or university, you’ll need to have an official transcript mailed to Kettering College directly from the institution(s), and will need to have the transcript(s) officially translated by a company that provides credential evaluation, such as WES, ECE, or Josef Silny (www.wes.org, www.ece.org, www.jsilny.com).
Exceptional Candidate Policy
Kettering College OTD Exceptional Applicant Policy
All applicants are welcome to include in their OTCAS Narrative Statement discussion of how their various intersections of diversity have affected their life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise. Examples of how their identities have supported their pursuits for higher education and excellence might include a discussion of how their intersections of diversity have motivated them to assume a leadership role or attain a particular goal and how that experience relates to that student’s unique ability to contribute to the profession of occupational therapy and the program’s mission and vision:
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORAL PROGRAM MISSION
The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Kettering College is committed to developing occupational therapists who are culturally proficient, demonstrate superior clinical and critical reasoning skills, and are innovative practitioners prepared to answer God’s call to serve the southern Ohio region and beyond.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORAL PROGRAM VISION
Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Kettering College will become culturally proficient, client-centered occupational therapy practitioners. Our graduates will provide evidence-based, occupation-based practice that illuminates their commitment to being lifelong learners. Finally, our graduates will strive to continually be reflective and seek out opportunities to advocate for the needs of both their geographical and social communities.
KETTERING COLLEGE DEI MISSION STATEMENT
As an institution of higher education, guided by Christian principles, Kettering College actively seeks, values, and celebrates individuals from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. We believe that the rich diversity among our students, faculty, and staff greatly enhances the educational experience and produces innovative, superior graduates who are passionate for service and for providing high quality, whole-person care.