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Occupational Therapy


Transfer of Graduate Credits

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Transfer students from other colleges and universities can apply for admission to St. Ambrose and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

Students must be admitted to the University as well as the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Admission to St. Ambrose University does not guarantee advancement into the professional program.

Transfer students should submit copies of all transcripts to the OT Department. A photocopied catalog description of all transferred support courses must be submitted along with the application form. These transcripts will be considered a part of the application and are necessary to determine admission and placement. Transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

Prospective students trained as occupational therapists internationally, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, or prospective students who have taken occupational therapy coursework elsewhere should contact the OT Department to determine if prior coursework or work experience will be granted credit.

Course Equivalency Determination Policy

The OTD Program does admit students who may have completed occupational therapy or occupational therapy related coursework and fieldwork from other universities both within the United States and Internationally. Because of differences in curriculum designs or accreditation standards, courses do not always clearly articulate with one another between institutions. The following steps will occur to ensure fair and consistent evaluation of previous coursework when a student inquires and/or is admitted into the OTD program.

1. Transcript and work experience (as an OT practitioner) evaluation will occur to establish which courses, if any, may be appropriately considered for waiver or substitution, in part or in full, for an OTD Program required course. No more than 12 credits may be considered for equivalency into the OTD Program.
2. A tentative program plan will be established. The plan will be reflective of the anticipated course sequence, noting courses that are waived or to be considered as equivalents as the program progresses. If admitted, the plan will be reviewed each semester to ensure successful student progression and development with revisions being possible as the student progresses through the program and demonstrates attainment of course and program objectives.
3. Meetings with course instructors for any courses considered for equivalency will occur to establish if a course will be waived, audited in part, or taken in full. The meeting may include discussion and testing. If participation in a portion of a course in combination with previous coursework is allowed, possible arrangements to address the content could range from auditing the course, attending specific modules, test and/or assignment completion, hybrid models for gaining content, or any combination of these strategies to ensure that all content is learned.
4. The Center for International Studies will be involved in this process with all international inquiries or applicants.

OTD Admissions Requirements for International Applicants Policy

The OTD Program may admit international students. In all cases the published admissions requirements for the program and university will be met. The Center for International Studies will be consulted to assist with determining if additional materials are needed to complete the application packet. Additional information required beyond the published OTD Program standards may include:

1. TOEFL test scores, copy of passport photo page, any I-94 or US visa (if appropriate) and proof of funding sources if appropriate.
2. The Center for International Studies summary of academic history (including accreditation status of attended schools), academic ability, visa status, and evaluation of other documents that may be needed.
3. In cases where some occupational therapy or occupational therapy related course work has been taken, the OTD program (with assistance from AOTA, NBCOT, and/or WFOT) will verify the occupational therapy education accreditation status of any previously attended institutions and the impact of that status on course equivalency potential.