Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Admissions Criteria

Application: Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
OTCAS 2021-2022 application cycle opens: July 2021
Deadline to submit OTCAS application: September 15, 2021
Classes begin: May 23, 2022


Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

In the School of Allied Health Professions’ admissions and recruitment processes, we pursue diverse cohorts of students in each program to enhance the learning experiences of all of our students, and foster an open and welcoming environment that promotes inclusion, respect, and compassion.

LSU Health Shreveport adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.

The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Occupational Therapy Program (Please note that we no longer require the GRE for admission):

1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the OT Program. 

2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale). 

3. Minimum 3.2 GPA in required pre-requisite courses (4.0 scale). 

4. Grade of “C” or better* in required pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the OT Program (see below). 

  • Human Anatomy/Lab (4 credits)

  • Human Physiology (3 credits)

    • A&P I and II (at least 7 credits) may be substituted for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

  • Developmental Psychology (lifespan) (3 credits)

  • Inferential Statistics (3 credits)

  • Motor Development (3 credits)

  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Not required, but strongly recommended:

  • Neuroscience or Neuroanatomy

  • Technical Writing

*In response to the COVID-19, pass/fail grades will be accepted for non-prerequisite courses for the Spring 2020 semester only. At this time, we are not accepting pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses.

5. Applicants must complete 18 of the 21 required credits prior to December 31st of the year of application. (In other words, only one pre-requisite course may be taken in the spring semester prior to admission in May.)

6. Applicants must complete one of the following:

A. Complete a minimum of 40 observation hours and document the hours using the Occupational Therapy Document of Experience form. The occupational therapy areas of practice MUST include:

  • 20 hours in a pediatric setting under one pediatric LOTR, and
  • 20 hours in an adult inpatient rehabilitation setting under one adult rehabilitation LOTR. 


B. Complete the Online Shadowing Program designed by Cheryl Lucas, EdD, OTR/L, OTD Program Director at Quinnipiac University in lieu of observation hours.

7. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

8. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 


Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Occupational Therapy 
Department Office

Angie Collins, OT Coordinator
(318) 813-2950