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Admissions - Occupational Therapy

The following downloadable PDFs include program information including admissions info, program prerequisites & requirements, student expectations, and tuition rates for our Occupational Therapy degree offerings.

Program Start Dates

Due to the popularity of our OT Program, we recommend that you submit your online application as early as possible. Deadlines listed below are for online applications.  Acceptance decisions are not made until all admissions elements are received and reviewed by the admissions committee.  Applications are reviewed once all elements are received.

  • Applications are accepted July 17th through November 1st prior to the class starting; the priority deadline is October 1st. The Masters program begins mid-June of each year.  (Summer Quarter)
  • The OTD program begins in September of each year,  (Fall Quarter)

How to Apply

See our school's admissions page to apply to our Occupational Therapy Programs.

The Occupational Therapy program at Loma Linda University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  MOT applicants must first apply to OTCAS; please visit www.otcas.org to create your OTCAS account.

 Application Period:  The OTCAS portal will open on July 17.  The priority deadline is October 1, and the OTCAS as well as LLU application portal will close on November 1. 


All official transcripts must be sent directly to OTCAS, from your college/university. Transcripts will not be accepted from you personally. 


Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

PO Box 9120

Watertown, MA 02471

Phone:  617-612-2860

Email:  otcasinfo@otcas.org

Website:  http://www.otcas.org/

International Transcripts:

  • Request the official transcript evaluation to be sent directly to OTCAS, an official transcript does not need to be sent to OTCAS.
  • Request an official transcript of your international institution to be sent directly to Loma Linda University.

Where to Submit Your Application:

  • OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts no later than November 1.  Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to Loma Linda University. All transcripts must be received before verification can be completed; the verification process could take between 4 – 6 weeks. Please note that Loma Linda University cannot access unverified applications.  It is your responsibility to confirm your status as verified with OTCAS.
  • For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2860, or www.otcas.org.
  • For other questions regarding our prerequisites or LLU application process, please contact the Loma Linda University Department of Occupational Therapy at 909-558-4628, or studyot@llu.edu.

Supplemental documents to be submitted to OTCAS

LLU Verification of Observation Experiences forms, and Reaction to Observation Experiences. Please submit forms for each OT setting that you observed.

If you took a medical terminology course that offered a certificate of completion, and was not for college credit, request the agency to send a copy of the certificate to the Department of Occupational Therapy (we will accept the agency’s email with the attached certificate or link to the certificate). Please request our approval of an online medical terminology course before taking it.

Please note

OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.  If a recommender has given you a non-electronic letter of recommendation, please submit it directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy at Loma Linda University. (See address below.)

Secondary Loma Linda University Application

Once your OTCAS application is verified, your documents will be released to Loma Linda University.  You will receive an email from Admissions Processing of Loma Linda University, with the link to the secondary LLU application that you must complete and submit within 2 weeks.  There is no additional fee for the LLU secondary application. You are not an official LLU applicant until your secondary application has been submitted.

 Supplemental documents to LLU

Supplemental documents you wish to submit, such as resumé, or non-electronic letters of recommendation, may be submitted to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Our mailing address:

Department of Occupational Therapy

Nichol Hall, A901

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA 92350

Fax:  909-558-0239

Email:  studyot@llu.edu

Selection of Applicants

Selection is based on a two part process.  The first level involves a screening of recommendation letters, GPA, observation reactions, service, application essays, and volunteer experience in Occupational Therapy.  Applications making it to the second level will be asked to make a 4-5 minute video responding to specific prompts provided by the Department.

The Applicant will be invited via email to continue to this second level.   Directions and the prompts will be emailed to the applicant.  Applicants must post their video within the specified timeframe given in the email in order to be considered.

We are looking for students who are leaders, service-oriented and compassionate.  Applicants need to have effective stress management and time management skills as this is a rigorous gradate program.   Occupational therapy applicants do not need to be specifically artistic, but they should be high in mechanical aptitude, resourcefulness, and critical thinking. We feel it is our obligation to assure quality care of patients by preparing students who meet these qualifications.

Loma Linda University was established to provide education in a distinctive Christian environment, and our students are expected to have adopted Christian ethical standards as a basis for their conduct. It must be understood further that, in harmony with the University's emphasis on health and the health professions and the practices of the supporting church, that applicants who use tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics should not expect to be admitted.

Number of acceptances per year: 45

Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.00
Minimum science GPA: 3.00

Professional Registration

Upon satisfactory completion of the entry-level MOT degree—including completion of Level II fieldwork within twenty-four months following completion of academic preparation and upon recommendation of the faculty—the graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination administered by The National Board for Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The board offers computerized examinations on demand throughout the year.

Many states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides recognition essential to the practice of occupational therapy in the United States and most foreign countries. Information about qualifying examinations can be obtained at the office of the department chair.

When the graduate applies to write the certification examination with the NBCOT, he/she will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies. Felony convictions may affect a candidate's ability to sit for the national certification examination or attain state licensure. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150; or telephone (301) 990-7979. Graduates practicing in the state of California must acquire licensure from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. For further information, contact CBOT at (916) 322-3394; E-mail cbot@dca.ca.gov. The office address is 444 N. 3rd Street, Suite 410, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Contact Us

We are available Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

You may also leave a voicemail, if you do not reach us, or email the program advisor directly, and we will contact you back at our earliest convenience.

Phone: (909) 558-4628

Fax: (909) 558-0239
Email: studyot@llu.edu