Western New England University

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Occupational Therapy is a growing and evolving field. With a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Western New England University, you can become a practitioner and a transformative leader. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Western New England University offers an Entry-level Graduate Degree program, meaning that students do not need to earn a master’s degree before applying (a bachelor’s degree is among program requirements). It also means that graduates of this program will be prepared to immediately take on positions of leadership in the field.

Eligibility Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education

The GRE is not required for admission, however, GRE scores for testing that occurred within the last five years will be considered in admission decisions if submitted.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0, for courses completed within 5 years of applying, with no grade below a “C,” will be required for the following prerequisite courses (25 credits):

  • Physics or Chemistry (4 credits)    
  • Biological, Psychological, or Educational Statistics (3 credits)    
  • Introduction to Sociology or Social Psychology (3 credits)    
  • Development Psychology (3 credits)    
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)    
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)    
  • Documented volunteer/observation hours—candidates will be required to complete two observations, in two different settings, consisting of a minimum of 14 hours in total.    
  • Two recommendations, preferably from individuals with whom you have a a professional or academic history (the supervisors for the volunteer/observation hours cannot provide recommendations).    
  • Composite TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) for non-native English speakers    
  • A one-page, typed personal statement highlighting why you wish to pursue an OTD degree, the impact of the current healthcare environment on your decision, and how you will benefit both personally and professionally from a career in occupational therapy.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

International Student Requirements:

A TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-based) is required for non-native English speakers.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): Same for instate and outstate

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FASFA code (002226)

Locale: Midsize City

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