Occupational Therapy Program Application Process

Our Occupational Therapy Department values students who are informed and passionate about the OT field. If you’re planning to apply to our Occupational Therapy program, you must be aware of the differences between our traditional application process and the OT application process. It’s important that you don’t miss any deadlines.

FAQs For Occupational Therapy Admissions at Elizabethtown College

Learn about our program and the industry, so that you’re fully prepared for our Occupational Therapy Program admissions process.

What types of Occupational Therapy Degrees are offered at Elizabethtown College?

  • Combined BS/MS: Our OT program offers a 5-year program that is fully accredited. Students who complete the 5-year program will earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
  • BS/OTD: Our OT program has candidacy status to offer a 6-year program that will lead to an entry-level doctoral degree (OTD). Students who complete the 6-year program will earn a bachelor’s degree and an entry level OTD in occupational therapy. Note that this program has candidacy status which means we may begin accepting students into the program. Full accreditation of this degree program is anticipated in the spring of 2024.

What Are The Differences Between the OT Application Process & The Traditional Application Process?

The admissions process for our OT program is slightly more extensive than admission into our other programs. Because of the high number of applicants, the program is more selective and deadlines are sooner for admission to this program. Those seeking Occupational Therapy admissions must be aware of these differences:

  • An Occupational Therapy interview (with the Office of Admissions) must be completed before December 15.
  • Your application must be submitted before December 15.
  • No transfer students are accepted into this program.
  • Our OT program is a 5 year program. Those who complete our program will receive a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree.

What Factors Are Considered In The OT Admissions Decision?

Candidates for our OT program must meet a variety of standards. Several aspects of your application are taken into consideration including the following:

  • High School Class Rank and GPA
  • High School science grades
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Occupational Therapy (including observations and/or other direct experiences)

How Can I Prepare For My OT Admissions Interview?

Relax, be confident and be yourself! Your interview is meant to determine if you will be a good fit in our program and the OT industry. Prospective Occupational Therapy majors are encouraged to explore the field of occupational therapy prior to applying to the program and before participating in the required Occupational Therapy admissions interview.


What Types Of Areas Can I Work In As An Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists have the flexibility of working in many different types of facilities. Occupational Therapy practitioners can be found in six broad areas of practice:

  • Children and Youth
  • Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
  • Work and Industry


How Can I Learn More About The Occupational Therapy Program And The Industry?

Exploring the OT industry will help you determine whether or not this is a good career path for you. It will also better prepare you for our program. You can learn more about the OT industry can learn about this area through a variety of methods including:

  • Seeking opportunities offered on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website.
  • Shadowing practitioners in different settings (hospitals, schools, private practice, hospice, community mental health facilities, nursing homes, veteran’s services, etc.)
  • Conducting research, either on-line or through a career specialist or guidance counselor
  • Reading about occupational therapists and/or their clients
  • Exploring careers in allied health fields

For more information, please contact Paula Orenstein, coordinator of Occupational Therapy admission at orensteinp@etown.edu or (717) 361-1376.