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MS in Occupational Therapy

Dominican's 3-year Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program will prepare you for work as a licensed health professional helping people achieve optimal independence after illness or injury. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national registry examinations—becoming licensed in California or any other state—and practice nationally and internationally.



Employment opportunities for Occupational Therapy graduates are excellent: The U.S. News & Report lists Occupational Therapy as one of the 50 Best Careers of 2011. Employment is projected to increase by 26 percent by 2018.

Program Highlights and Fast Facts

  • An 80-unit program completed over three years
  • Requires full-time, year-round, weekday attendance 
  • Student centered learning, small classes, experienced faculty
  • Focus on occupational therapy from childhood to older age with a strong focus on community
  • Consideration of cultural, social and political context of occupational therapy
  • Over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training and learning laboratories
  • Convenient location in San Rafael, California, 12 miles north from San Francisco
  • Excellent employment opportunities upon graduation
  • Financial aid available to those who qualify
  • The OT program at Dominican University of California is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association.


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Before You Apply

As a candidate for a graduate professional program it is expected that you will be significantly self-directed in your application process. Your ability to complete the process as independently as possible is viewed as a positive indicator of readiness to undertake this rigorous graduate program. Successful candidates will be those who demonstrate the ability to effectively use the tools provided on this website to research and synthesize information, think critically, and prepare a comprehensive application packet. We are always available to answer your questions and help facilitate your application process, however, we ask that you read all the application information carefully and follow the detailed instructions provided before reaching out to us, as we have a high volume of applicants for this competitive program.

Graduates holding an MSOT from Dominican are eligible to sit for the national examination administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) and are eligible to be licensed in any state, enabling them to practice nationally and internationally.  Applicants to the program are advised that a felony conviction may impact their eligibility for certification or credentialing as an occupational therapist.


Admission Deadlines
(Application for Fall 2015 will be active after September 1, 2014.  Please do not apply before that date.)

September 3, 2013

Application period opens for Fall 2014 cohort

February 1, 2014

Application deadline (includes ALL materials)

February – March 2014

Application file review period

March 21st and 22nd

Applicant interviews 

April 15, 2014

Admission notification (Including acceptance, priority waitlist and denials)

May 1, 2014

Deposit due 

Admitted candidates who have not accepted admission and paid the deposit by the May 1 deadline will forfeit their place in the class. Please note, the deposit is non-refundable.

May – mid August 2014

Priority waitlist admission (Students will be admitted from the priority waitlist on an ongoing basis as space becomes available.)


Note: The 2015 cohort schedule will be posted in May 2014. Urgent questions can be directed to our Admissions Office.


Admission Requirements

MS in Occupational Therapy Admissions Requirements (PDF)

Steps for Applying to the Occupational Therapy Program 

1. Read all instructions for application (see below for complete instructions and links to the necessary forms)

2. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional guidance

3. Complete the online graduate application (Applications available online after September 3). Please refer to our Online Application Guide for instructions.

4. Submit a COMPLETE application packet 

A complete admissions packet must include the following materials in the order listed below.

A. Application Packet Checklist 

A complete application packet consists of all admission documents (application packet checklist, statement of purpose, resume, official transcripts from all institutions attended including any in progress coursework for Spring 2014 semester, official GRE score report, Dominican volunteer hour forms, and a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation. Some application packets may also contain, when necessary, the art portfolio or community art class form.

B. Prerequisite Requirements Guide

Please consult the Prerequisite Course Requirements Guide before filing in the prerequisite course review section of the application packet checklist. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have taken courses that satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the Dominican program. You will also need to include in this section any coursework that will be in progress at the time of application completion. 

If you have chosen to satisfy the 3D art prerequisite by completing the Art Portfolio or by taking a community art course, you would also need to include the Art Portfolio Review form or the 3D Art Community Course form.

PLEASE NOTE: Priority consideration will be given to candidates who have completed all prerequisites as of February 1. If admission with pending prerequisite coursework is granted, it will be contingent upon successful completion of all in progress prerequisites and/or degree conferral prior to the start of the program. 

C. Statement of Purpose

The personal statement is 500 words or less. Please do not exceed this limit.

D. Resume

Your resume MUST contain a section titled Other Relevant Work Experience. Please account for all experience, whether paid or volunteer that is related to the OT profession in this section. Do not, however, include volunteering completed to meet the admission requirement for volunteer hours.

E. Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)

Letters of recommendation MUST be on letterhead. Letters should be addressed to the OT Admissions Committee. No more than three letters will be accepted. Do not submit a letter of recommendation from relatives nor from supervisors that completed your volunteer hour form. Additionally, please do not ask individuals to contact Admission or the OT department directly on your behalf to provide character references. These references will not be considered.  

F. Dominican volunteer form(s)

Dominican requires a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer work with 40 hours in an OT setting. Prospective students unable to garner all 60 hours in an OT setting may do 20 of the 60 hours in a human services setting. You must submit Dominican’s volunteer forms to track your hours. These must be filled in and signed by your supervisor. We do not take time sheets, or other facility forms as proof of volunteer work. Please ensure that the individual filling out the form for you completes the form entirely. Submit a separate form for each location you volunteer at.

G. Official transcripts from all institutions attended

You must submit an official transcript from ALL institutions you have attended. This includes any community college and study abroad coursework (unless it was a university-sponsored study abroad experience). Transcripts must be sealed in the original envelope from the original issuing institution. Transcripts are no longer official once opened.

If you have any prerequisite coursework in progress during the Spring 2014 semester, you must include a Spring 2014 transcripts that demonstrate in progress coursework or your file will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed.

H. Official GRE score report

Our GRE school code is: 4284

We will not consider any application packets that are not complete at the time of submission. Supplemental documents, added in additional to the documents described above, will not be considered. 


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