University of Washington Division of Occupational Therapy

Admissions Overview

In keeping with the University of Washington and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine commitment to diversity, we seek students who are dedicated to providing culturally responsive services in an increasingly diverse world. In our holistic admissions process, we consider a balance of an applicant’s experiences, attributes, and academic history. Our admissions reviews are conducted entirely online and do not include an interview. Admissions decisions for Autumn 2020 have been announced.

Learn more about the program

The next tour and online information session will be held during Autumn Quarter.

Applicant Information Session (Online)
Connect virtually with our faculty, staff, and current students via Zoom to learn more about our program and the admissions process.

Student-Led Tour (Online)
Virtual tour of our facilities led by current students who will answer any questions you have about the student experience.

Cost of Attendance

We have put together estimates of regular program-related expenses here. Costs may vary on some items and tuition can change with the start of a new academic year.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

Residency and Language Requirements

Work or Volunteer Experience

If possible, observe two different occupational therapy settings for the 2020-2021 cycle. Virtual shadowing is an acceptable option.

GRE Test Scores

The GRE General Test scores are not required for the 2020-2021 cycle. Please do not submit scores.


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the US (or equivalent from a foreign institution). All majors are accepted.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all college-level courses (includes undergraduate, graduate, and prerequisite courses)
  • A prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed prerequisites
  • No more than one prerequisite grade of 2.7 (B-)

Prerequisite Coursework

There are seven required prerequisite courses. Prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education which may include traditional or online courses at universities, community or junior colleges, or AP scores/CLEP posted as earned college credit on an official college transcript. While prerequisite courses do not expire, we do expect applicants to be knowledgeable and comfortable with the material so they are prepared for our program. This handout may help applicants to stay organized and better understand our prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

All three Natural Science courses must be completed by the application deadline. Each course must be designed for Allied Health or Science majors and include a lecture (lab optional).

Human Anatomy human skeletal system, muscles, joints, neuroanatomy, circulatory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system
Human Physiology human endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive system
Chemistry inorganic chemistry, atomic structure, matter and energy, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, and chemical bonding

At least two of these Social Science courses must be completed by the application deadline. The remaining two must be completed successfully prior to the start of the program.

  • Any major or department
  • General overview course on probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, and data analysis
Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology or related department
  • General overview course on psychological development from infancy to adolescence (or the lifespan) from a biological, physical, and sociocultural perspective
Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology department
  • General overview course on psychopathology, theoretical models, etiology, and treatment
Introduction to Sociology, Sociocultural Anthropology, or Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology, Anthropology, or related department
  • General overview course on human interaction, social institutions, social stratification, socialization, and theories or primary focus on comparing non-Western and Western peoples