University of Nebraska Medical Center

How to Apply

Application Process for Occupational Therapy Program

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) OT program participates in the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). OTCAS opens around mid-July of each calendar year.

Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions will help guide you through the application process.

Applicants to the Occupational Therapy program must have a completed application to be considered for admission. All application materials must be sent to OTCAS or uploaded to the application. A completed application contains the following:

UNMC OTCAS application

UNMC’s College of Allied Health Professions communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address on your OTCAS application and adjust your email settings to allow mail from unmc.edu.

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Course work entry
Course work from all institutions attended must be entered into the online application. Make sure to have copies of unofficial transcripts in front of you as you complete the application.
Essay/ Personal Statement
Write a brief statement expressing why you selected occupational therapy as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. Upload statement in Supporting Information section of the application.

Add experiences, achievements and other resume and CV information in Supporting Information section of the application.

  • Experiences include employment & volunteer
  • Achievements includes honors, awards, publications and scholarships
  • Licenses and Certifications
Answer additional questions in the Program Materials section of the application.

It is strongly suggested that transcripts be requested no later than two weeks before the deadline to allow for processing. OTCAS accepts electronic and physical official transcripts. Physical official transcripts should be mailed directly from each institution to:

  • OTCAS Transcript Processing Center
    PO Box 9120
    Watertown, MA 02471