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OT Programs without GRE

  • I am no good at taking standardized exams. I honestly do not know what it is but to just be blunt I absolutely suck at them. I didn't do well on my SAT/ACT but because of my grades I was accepted into undergrad. college. However, the test did not accurately predict my performance in undergrad as I did very well.

    I would really like to become an Occupational Therapist. Since I'm no good at standardized tests I would like to know obtain a list of all the OT schools that do not require the GRE for admission?

  • I am not aware of a listing of OT programs that are sorted by GRE requirements.  You may need to contact the schools you are interested in and see what their requirements are.  From my own search into OT programs, I have found that not every program requires GREs.  Here is a link to OT (sorted by state) programs that you can use to contact the school you are interested in.  I hope you find this a good place to start: http://aota.org/Students/Schools/EntryLevelOT/38119.aspx


    OTA Vice-Chair, Assembly of Student Delegates


  • Not to be a downer, but do you know that becoming a licensed therapist,  requires passing a standardized national certification exam?

  • Utica college


    I feel the same way about standardized test but the main thing to focus on while researching for schools is to make sure that the programs are  accredited  and also the  percentage of students in each program  that pass their exam to get there OT/R license. With the pass rate being high that means that the school well prepares their students. Once you have all that information you should be able to find your school in no time. Good luck!

  • If you have a friend who is good at either verbal or Math, it might be a good idea to have him/her to tutor you for a bit.  But any how, I think Loma Linda is another one.

  • The University of North Dakota doesn't require the GRE either. 

  • But one thing I will like to caution about is- If you want to pursue a doctorate degree in OT, then GRE will then become a must.  So, one question you will have to consider in the midst of this- do I even have an inkling to go beyond a master degree in OT?  If you have an inkling, then taking the GRE will be to your benefit.  This will let you know whether the "doctorate door" is open for you or not, or whether you have to put in some work to get it to open.

  • I don't know if this is still the case, but as of about 10 yrs ago, NYU did not require GRE scores for masters level admission.  It is required for a PhD.  In regards to taking a certification test for licensure and entry into the profession, I found that test to be VERY different from the GRE.  It is specific to occupational therapy and based on information you have already learned, nit used as speculation as to how you might do.

  •  I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing my Master degree in Occupational Therapy. This program does not require the GRE to be taken, but it does put a lot of weight on the students GPA; when I applied, I believe a 3.0 or above was required or highly recommended. Nonetheless, if you show that you have pursued a lot of outside resources educating yourself on occupational therapy, you would be a strong applicant. Our pass rate for the NBCOT exam is also one of the highest in the nation, so hopefully that should ease your concerns!


    Hope this helps,