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OTCAS Applicant Responsibilities

OTCAS applicants agree to abide by certain rules and requirements.

Professional Behavior

OT applicants are expected to act professionally in all of their dealings with OTCAS and the occupational therapy programs. Applicants are expected to properly follow instructions and meet deadlines. Responsibility, respect, good judgment, and cooperation are qualities valued by the OT profession; applicants are expected to demonstrate these qualities beginning with the application process.

Applicants using OTCAS agree to:

  • Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admissions process.
  • Be responsible and accountable for actions.
  • Research the admission prerequisites for each designated OT program, including supplemental requirements.
  • Abide by all deadlines.
  • Enter accurate and comprehensive data into the OTCAS application.
  • Compose a personal essay without assistance from others.
  • Arrange for OTCAS to receive official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. and Canadian college and university attended using the OTCAS Transcript ID form.
  • Pay the correct OTCAS application fee.
  • Arrange for application materials to be sent to OTCAS or directly to the program, as required.
  • Print a copy of the completed application before submitting it to OTCAS.
  • Check application status frequently by logging onto the OTCAS web application.
  • Frequently check email and log in to the application for important messages from OTCAS.
  • Personally respond immediately to all communication from OTCAS and programs.
  • Contact designated OT programs directly about admission decisions, admission requirements, curriculum, housing, financial aid, etc.
  • Contact OTCAS customer support staff about any OTCAS issues or questions, such as GPAs or missing documents.
  • Log off the OTCAS web application after each session to protect against unauthorized access to the application.
  • Maintain record of the OTCAS identification number.
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