Admissions

RMC OTD program approved to admit inaugural class

The 2018-2019 OTCAS WebAdmit cycle is now open! REMINDER:  the RMC OTD Program Inaugural Class will begin in January 2019.  If you began your application in the 2017-2018 OTCAS cycle, much of your information will carry over. However, you will need to reapply and ensure your application is complete for the 2018-2019 OTCAS cycle in order for your application to be verified and reviewed by the RMC OTD Program Admissions Committee.  We are incredibly excited about the 100% face-to-face learning opportunities our program offers. OT is about doing, and if you are a hands-on learner, this program is for you! Apply in OTCAS today!  Feel free to contact Anne Irish at anne.irish@rocky.edu if you have additional questions.

Rocky Mountain College will admit one new cohort of OTD students who will begin classes in January each year (30 students/cohort).

Important Deadlines:

  • OTCAS opens: February 1, 2018-first cohort (July 18-annually afterward)
  • Application deadline: December 15
  • Decision posted: Rolling Acceptance
  • Classes begin: January 2019 (annually afterward)

Due to the ACOTE accreditation process, RMC OTD Program will notify students of acceptance into the inaugural class on August 8, 2018. Classes will begin on January 7, 2019. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The following materials are required. Please note - meeting admissions criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment. Official transcripts from the degree-granting institution(s) must be sent to Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
  • A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA is required.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite coursework may be completed during the admission cycle. Candidates should include any planned courses in OTCAS transcript section. Coursework must be completed by December 15.
  • Applicants taking prerequisite courses during the application cycle may submit unofficial transcripts and proof of enrollment. Applicants will not be able to enroll until official transcripts have been received verifying completion of prerequisite courses with a “C-” or better, and the required minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Three references are required (submitted via OTCAS). At least one reference must be from an occupational therapist. Reference from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program is recommended, but not required. References from family members will not be accepted.
  • Applications will be accepted online through OTCAS (www.otcas.org). The initial application fee is $145.00 and a $60.00 fee for each additional OT program application. Students must use OTCAS to submit an application to Rocky Mountain College.
  • In addition to the OTCAS fee, a non-refundable program application fee of $45.00 is required.
  • The most current Graduate Education Examinations (GRE) score must be sent to OTCAS. The GRE must have been taken within five years of application to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. The OTCAS GRE Code for Rocky Mountain College is: 2722. There is no minimum GRE score. The OTCAS application cannot be processed without official GRE scores from the Educational Training Services (ETS).

Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Comments

Introduction to Biology

3-4

Lab not required but recommended

Human or Vertebrate Anatomy

3-4 *

Lab not required but recommended

Human or Vertebrate Physiology

3-4 *

Lab not required but recommended

Physics/Kinesiology

3

Recommended but not required

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Abnormal Psychology

3

 

Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology

3

 

Lifespan Human Development (birth to death)

3 + *

More than one course may be required to fulfill the “birth to death” requirement.

Statistics

2

May be from biology, mathematics, psychology, business; or Research Methods

Medical Terminology

1-2

A medical terminology certificate may be used to fulfill this requirement.

* Can be combined Anatomy and Physiology for 8 credits. Anatomy and Physiology courses may not be taken online.

OT Observation Hours: 40 hours are required to explore occupational therapy as a career in at least two different settings. Information on how to provide this information can be found on the OTCAS application form.

Essay: The OTCAS application form will require a brief personal essay describing why you selected OT as a career and how an occupational therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. The essay should be no more than 1500 words in length.

Official Transcripts
Transcripts must be received prior to the scheduled class matriculation date or class standing will be revoked. Failure to submit the mandatory transcripts or fulfill any other requirements specified in a conditional offer of admission to the program, prior to the scheduled class matriculation, will result in the withdrawal of the conditional offer.

In addition to initial submission through OTCAS, upon acceptance into the RMC OTD Program, transcripts should also be mailed directly to:

Rocky Mountain College
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
1511 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102

Interview: The Admissions Committee will send invitations to selected candidates to interview. Not all applicants will be invited to interview. An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Graduates of Rocky Mountain College who have met all the requirements for admission and have earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 60 credits earned at RMC will be granted an automatic interview. This interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Advanced Placement
No advanced placement or transfer credit may be applied toward fulfilling the RMC OTD curriculum.

Additional Program Requirements

After having been granted acceptance into the RMC OTD Program and prior to attending, students must provide:

  • Criminal background checks (federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations) at student expense.
  • Signed Technical Standards document
  • Written verification of immunizations at student expense.
  • Complete the $500 OTD Seat Deposit Form

After classes start, and in preparation for clinical placements, students must also provide:

  • Written verification of health insurance at student expense.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification from the American Heart Association at student expense.
  • Any additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies (such as drug screening, background check, etc.) at student expense.

Please note: The Rocky Mountain College OTD Program Admissions Committee reserves the right to assess applicant qualifications on a case-by-case basis and adjust appropriate admission criteria when warranted by special considerations pertaining to applicant background and experience.