Application Process

Before you apply, check our admission requirements and technical standards for becoming an occupational therapist. There are two separate admission cycles for the Bay Shore and Manhattan campuses. 

We accept applications through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

(The general Touro application will not be accepted after March 1, 2017).

Classes Begin

  • Classes begin in mid- to late- August on our Bay Shore campus. All new students are expected to attend a full-day orientation, usually held on the Thursday in August prior to the date classes begin. 
  • Classes begin in early February on our Manhattan campus. All new students are expected to attend a full-day orientation, usually held the Thursday in late- January or early- February prior to the date classes begin.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for the Bay Shore campus.  
  • September 1 for the Manhattan campus. For students with superior academic records you can select the "Early Decision" option on OTCAS. The early decision application deadline is June 1. Candidates choosing this option will receive priority consideration in the admission process. 

Please submit the completed application and all supporting documents by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if places in the entering class are still available.

Selection Process

The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee evaluates applications, selects qualified candidates for an on-campus interview, and makes decisions regarding admission to the program based on a rigorous and competitive review process. Meeting only minimum requirements cannot guarantee selection for an interview or admission to the program.

Candidates who are selected for an on-campus interview will be asked to produce a spontaneous writing sample during their interview visit.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee’s decision. If offered a place in the OT program, a deposit will be required from the applicant to confirm his/her intention to attend.

Extended Study Option 

The Touro OT curriculum is typically completed in three years of full-time study. With permission from the OT department chair, a limited number of students are permitted to complete the OT curriculum in 4 or 5 years of extended study. The extended study option reduces the number of courses taken simultaneously for a portion of the curriculum and extends the duration of study. A request to be considered for the extended study option should be made in writing at the time of application and sent to the School of Health Sciences Office of Admissions.