Advance To Your Graduate Degree With NOVA Community College’s Articulation Agreement Into Shenandoah University’s Occupational Therapy Program.
This articulation agreement is designed for applicants who have completed the prerequisites and will be obtaining a OTA AAS from NOVA Community College. This agreement is available to all students who have passed the NBCOT COTA exam and submitted proof of certification.
For admission and entry into the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program or the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program through this articulation agreement, candidates must complete the following for priority status eligibility:
- Submit a completed admission application available through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The OTCAS admissions cycle begins mid-July and ends on or about June 1 of each academic year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until seats are filled. The priority deadline for applications is November 15. View the application process timeline for OT.
- Submit all official transcripts.
- Possess a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 (in a 4.0 system).
- Three letters of recommendation are required to be submitted through OTCAS.
- One must be from a licensed occupational therapist. Of the remaining two, one must be from a current/recent professional contact or current/recent academic contact. No personal references are accepted.
- Submit all official transcripts.
- Complete all prerequisites required for admission to the program.
- Submit a writing sample as indicated in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) application.
- Completing a successful interview with program faculty.
The application deadline for the program is published on the program specific page in OTCAS.
Up to a total of five students/graduates per year from NOVA Community College, who meet the criteria for admission through the Articulation Agreement will be granted priority status for admissions to the Division of Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University. As with all other applicants, priority applicants must have an on-site interview prior to admission and receive an interview score of acceptable or above.
If more than five students meet the application deadline and qualify for priority status, Shenandoah University’s Division of Occupational Therapy will rank-order all priority applicants based on consideration of the full set of application materials and the evaluations from the admissions interview. The additional students will enter our regular applicant pool.
All decisions for Admission into the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program or the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program are made by the Admissions Committee for the Division of Occupational Therapy. Final decisions for all applicants are based on consideration of the full set of application materials and the evaluations from the admissions interview. Applicants who have been interviewed will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decisions within 30 days of their visit.
Students can be given provisional acceptance indicating that some of the admissions requirements need to be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Provisional acceptances are generally offered to those students completing final prerequisite courses prior to the program entry. These students receive a letter from the Division as well as from the Admissions Office that describes/outlines which courses, materials, or other requirements (e.g. – desired level of competency for remaining prerequisites) that need to be completed.
Nothing in this agreement is intended to negate the usual process of student evaluation or supersede final decisions on admissions. After successful completion of the curriculum in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Shenandoah University awards a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program or the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.
This agreement is intended to be a long-term arrangement. Each party may continue or discontinue this agreement on a yearly basis with notice. Shenandoah University requires two year notice for changes in prerequisites to provide adequate protection for students in pre-occupational therapy program.
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