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Minimal Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

All application materials must be uploaded and submitted to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications for the LMU OTD program will open mid-July every year.

The admissions committee will base decisions upon several components of an application package. They include: overall and math/science grade point averages (GPAs), the personal interview, personal and professional references. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required for application.

Consistent with the University's mission, applicants from the Appalachian region (TN, KY, VA, NC, OH, WV, PA, AL, GA) are given preference in the admissions process. Students who are graduates (or who plan to graduate) from Lincoln Memorial University will be guaranteed an interview provided they have met all the admissions, prerequisite criteria. Lincoln Memorial University students are not guaranteed acceptance into the program, but they are granted a preferred status which may be beneficial in a competitive admissions environment.


Academic Criteria

Pathways of Entry:

  • Direct entry- Student possesses a bachelor's degree and enters the OTD program.
  • Entry with 90+ hours (3+3)- Students who have performed exceptionally well during their first 90 undergraduate hours. This student demonstrates the ability to complete the OTD degree without holding a bachelor's degree. For more information, please visit: 


Minimum Requirement Checklist:

Do you have a minimum of 90 semester hours of college coursework completed? If no, will 90 hours be completed before anticipated enrollment in the OT program?

3.0 overall GPA on all college coursework.

2.8 overall GPA on all college math/science coursework.

Minimum of 40 hours of shadowing occupational therapists.

Three professional letters of reference

Personal Statement


Required Prerequisite Checklist:

Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (4 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)

Kinesiology or Biomechanics (3 credits)

Human Growth and Development OR Lifespan Development (3 credits)

Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Sociology, Anthropology, OR Philosophy (3 credits)

Statistics (3 credits)

Medical terminology (1-3 credits)


NOTE: Substitution of requirement for any of the above prerequisite courses may be granted by the occupational therapy program admissions committee on an individual basis.



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Transfer of Credits. There are no advanced placements, credit for experiential learning or work experience. Previous OT coursework is non-transferrable into the OTD program.