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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 submit a complete application. 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.

Please note that Dominican University of California will not be accepting applications through the OTCAS system for Fall 2015 admission.

Admission Deadlines

September 1 2014

Application period opens for Fall 2015 cohort

February 1, 2015

Application deadline (includes ALL materials)

February – March 2015

Application file review period

End of March 2015 (Please leave March 15 until March 30 available for interviewing)

Applicant interviews 

April 15, 2015

Admission notification (Including acceptance, priority waitlist and denials)

May 1, 2015

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 2015

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



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 1). 

4. Submit all needed application materials

A complete application must include the following materials:

A complete application consists of all admission documents (prerequisite course review, statement of purpose, resume, official transcripts from all institutions attended including any in-progress coursework for Spring 2015 semester, official GRE score report, Dominican volunteer hour confirmation, and a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation). Some application submissions may also contain, when necessary, the 3D Art Portfolio or Community Art Class form.

All materials can be uploaded through Dominican's online application, except official transcripts, official GRE scores, Volunteer Hour Forms, and, if necessary, the 3D Art Portfolio or Community Art Class form which must be sent directly to our Office of Admissions.

A. Prerequisite Requirements Guide 

Please consult the Prerequisite Course Requirements Guide before filing in the prerequisite course review section of the application. 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 Community ART 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. Candidates applying with in progress courses must show proof of enrollment in their application materials.

B. Statement of Purpose

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

C. 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.

D. 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 request a letter of recommendation from relatives nor from supervisors that completed your volunteer hour form. Also please do not submit more than three letters.

Additionally, please do not ask individuals to contact Admissions or the OT department directly on your behalf to provide character references. These references will not be considered. Your recommenders will be contacted by Dominican University with instructions for submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf through the online application.

E. Dominican Volunteer Form(s)

Dominican requires a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer work with 40 hours in an OT setting within one year of the program's start date. Prospective students unable to garner all 60 hours under the supervision of a licensed OT may do 20 of the 60 hours in a human services setting under a non-OT. Print out the above volunteer form and have your supervisor(s) fill it out. This form should then be mailed into Dominican's Office of Admissions. Be sure your supervisor's contact information is clearly written on the form.

We do not take time sheets, or other facility forms as proof of volunteer work. A separate submission is needed for each location you volunteer at.

F. 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. All transcripts should be sent to Dominican University's Office of Admissions (see the Contact Us box on the left of this page for the mailing address).

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.

G. Official GRE score report

Our GRE school code is: 4284

We will not consider any application that is not completed . Supplemental documents, added in additional to the documents described above, will not be considered. 


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