Admission to most occupational therapy programs is competitive. Your application is most likely to be successful if you have:
- An undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.25 or better;
- Strong reasoning and writing skills (as documented by your scores on the Graduate Record Examination);
- Work or volunteer experiences with children and adults who have disabilities;
- Skills in occupations and activities (for example, in manual or fine art, sports or music).
You can begin preparing for a career in occupational therapy now, by:
- Becoming informed about the profession. (Browse the American Occupational Therapy Association’s web page at www.aota.org. Observe an occupational therapist, and/or volunteer in a community program that serves children or adults with disabilities.)
- Completing the undergraduate prerequisite courses listed above.
- Taking an adult education class to learn a new occupation or activity.
- Studying for and taking the Graduate Record Examination.