OTD students

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Keeping You On Track

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new online OTD Distance Pathway. Click through our web pages for more information. We are currently accepting applications for fall 2024.

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines 

Early Admission: December 1.
After December 1, we will continue to accept applications for admission on a rolling basis.

Regular Application deadline: Rolling. 
We expect to enroll our incoming class by May 2024. However, we will continue to review applications for both pathways beyond that date if necessary to enroll the most highly qualified students possible.

Admissions decisions for the on-campus program are shared on a rolling basis. For the OTD Distance Pathway, we are accepting applications now, however, admissions decisions will be shared at the beginning of April 2024.

Two Options to Submit

  1. Our FREE WNE application 
    WNE Application
    Application: 2024 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Applied Program: Doctor of Occupational Therapy OR Doctor of Occupational Therapy Distance Learning Cohort
    You will be attending: Full-time
    Entry Term: Fall 2024 (PHARM/OTD)

  2. Apply through OTCAS
    OTCAS Application 
    Please select Western New England University

*We are excited to offer a limited number of coupon codes to applicants choosing to submit their application through OTCAS. WNE will cover the full cost of your application to our OTD program as coupons remain available. Reach out to admissions staff to request your coupon code at otdadmissions@wne.edu.

If you decide to submit your application through OTCAS, keep in mind that all transcripts, including your WNE transcript must be sent directly to OTCAS. The transcript verification process through OTCAS can take up to four weeks. Your application will not be considered complete until your status shows as “verified” in OTCAS. 

You can feel excited about the opportunities that await you at Western New England University!

Students will complete their Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree in less than 3 years in our 8-semester program. Students will attend 8 consecutive semesters during fall, spring, and summer. All students completing their Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at WNE will experience the roles of a reflective practitioner, a transformative leader, and an innovative designer by designing and implementing a Doctoral Experiential (DEx) project. 

Explore Doctoral Experiential projects from past WNE OTD students


In December 2019, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted the WNE OTD Program accreditation for the maximum length of time through academic year 2026/2027, for having achieved full compliance with the academic standards. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.