In accordance with the policies of the institution and school, the OTD program requires that applicants meet all the general admission requirements for UMMC and SHRP for admission.
Due to a limited class size, the OTD program involves a competitive admissions process. Click here for the minimum admissions criteria, including standards for educational prerequisites. In addition, the general admission requirements of the institution and school must also be met.
Preference will be given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. Out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted.
Advanced placement within the OTD program is not offered.
Transfer of credit is not accepted in any portion of the three-year OTD curriculum.
Neither experiential learning nor work experience is accepted for credit to meet the requirements for the OTD degree. Moreover, work experience shall not be accepted for credit toward the experiential learning courses (i.e., Level I or II Fieldwork; Doctoral Capstone) within the curriculum.
Students are not accepted into the OTD program on the basis of ability to benefit.
To ensure awareness of the latest entrance requirements for the OTD program, prospective students should visit the program's website and review the published admission policies and associated criteria for each application cycle (i.e., July-January). Additionally, interested students are encouraged to review the current UMMC Bulletin, which is published on the UMMC website.
Mississippi law requires all health care workers, including students, to have completed criminal background checks. All UMMC students who will participate in patient care activities will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, prior to beginning clinical activities. Applicants are advised that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for certification, registration, or licensure examinations. There is no fee associated with the background check performed at UMMC for students admitted into the program.