Best Occupational Therapy Schools in Arizona

Top 3 Occupational Therapy Schools in Arizona

Here are the best Occupational Therapy Schools [OT] and Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools [OTA] in Arizona.

NoNameDegreeAccerditation
1.A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health SciencesOT MastersAccreditation
2.A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health SciencesOT DoctorateAccreditation
3.Grand Canyon UniversityOT DoctorateApplicant
4.Grand Canyon UniversityOT MastersApplicant
5.Huntington University-Peoria OT DoctorateCandidancy
6.Midwestern University-Glendale CampusOT MastersAccreditation
7.Northern Arizona University OT DoctorateAccreditation
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A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences

StatusDegreesInstitution Type: 
Accreditation
  • OT Masters
  •  OT Masters
Private Nonprofit

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

  • Candidates accepted for admission will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an U.S. regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation.
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, and a 2.75 science GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Applications will not be considered unless both the cumulative and the science GPA scores meet the stated minimum requirements. Additionally, the ATSU Admissions department does not recalculate GPA.
  • Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts.
  • Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 20 contact/observation hours in the occupational therapy field. More than one setting is recommended.
  • Applicants must secure three (3) letters of reference. One of these letters must be written by: a present or former science professor, academic advisor or pre-OT advisor; One reference letter should come from a professional from the occupational therapy field or clinic supervisor. The final letter must be from a faculty or supervisor who has known you for a year or more and can comment on your suitability for an intense graduate program. Letters from an educational consulting service will not be accepted. New letters of reference must be submitted for each application year.
  • Applicants who are considered potential candidates will be invited to participate in an applicant interview process.
  • Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the academic term prior to matriculation at ATSU.
  • Applicants are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a laptop computer prior to the first day of class.

  • Prerequisite course work or approved equivalent coursework MUST be taken for a grade. CLEP, AP, and high school courses may not be used to fulfill a prerequisite course. Any coursework with a grade of C- or below will not be considered toward fulfillment of the occupational therapy prerequisites. Preference will be given to applicants who have letter grades for courses and prerequisites.
  • Prerequisites over six years old will not be accepted unless the course is part of the degree major. Prerequisites older than six years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of school. Applicants with four or more outstanding prerequisites will not be considered for admission. Applicants must show proof of enrollment in any pending prerequisite courses by the beginning of the spring semester and the prerequisites must be completed by the start of July. ATSU’s fall semester starts mid-July.
  • For questions, please contact residential admissions at 480.219.6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu
  1. Human Anatomy: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
  2. Human Physiology: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours (Note: Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II may be substituted for the above courses).
  3. Science: In addition to numbers one and two above, two courses for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours each from one of the following: General Biology I & II, Microbiology, Chemistry (Physical, Organic, Biochemistry) or Physics. Preference for courses with lab.
  4. Statistics: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours. Course must be behavioral, education, psychological or mathematical statistics. Business statistics does not fulfill this requirement.
  5. Lifespan Human Development: This requirement can be met by having one course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours that covers human development from birth through gerontology. It can also be met by having a child development or child psychology course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours, in addition to a gerontology or psychology of aging course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  6. Introduction or General Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours
  7. Abnormal Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  8. Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology: One course either in Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Anthropology or Cultural Anthropology for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  9. English: Two courses of composition, grammar/literature, for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
  10. Humanities: Two courses (e.g., philosophy, religion, literature, art, dance, music, logic, ethics, or foreign language), for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
  11. Medical Terminology: one course for a minimum 1 semester hour/1 quarter hour.

Review minimum technology requirements

For questions, please contact Residential Admissions office at 480.219.6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu.

To earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, all students in the residential program must:

  1. Completion with a passing grade (“C” or better) of all didactic coursework and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. Complete a minimum of 6 hours of volunteer work per semester for the first three semesters of your curriculum (total=18 hours).
  3. Completion with a passing score of all Level II fieldwork, within 24 months of completion of didactic coursework.
  4. Participation in the NBCOT preparation workshop.
  5. Discharge of all financial obligations to ATSU-ASHS.
  6. Attendance at commencement activities and graduation.
  7. Filing of all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar-Enrollment Services Office at the below address:
    800 West Jefferson Street
    Kirksville, MO 63501
    Telephone: (800) 626-5266 Ext. 2356

Applicants will apply online via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications for the entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, which means that seats are offered to qualified applicants beginning in October and ending when all seats are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as seats fill quickly. Applications can be submitted to OTCAS beginning in July. Point of entry into the program is only once each academic year with classes beginning in mid-July.

Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed OTCAS application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant is notified by email to submit a secondary application fee of $70 for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application then receives full consideration by the Occupational Therapy department.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (residential)

Tuition is due twice a year at ATSU. It is due at the beginning of the first and second semesters. Each payment is half the cost for the entire year. Tuition may be paid any time during the week that it is due. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5 per cent per month, which is 18 per cent per year.

Class/YearTuitionStudent Technology Fee
Class of 2023, year 1$35,642$1,150
Class of 2022, year 2$35,642$1,150
Class of 2021, year 3$8,912$350

Occupational Therapy Doctorate – Entry Level

  • Candidates accepted for admission will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an U.S. regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation.
  •  Applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, and a 3.00 science GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Applications will not be considered unless both the cumulative and the science GPA scores meet the stated minimum requirements. Additionally, the ATSU Admissions department does not recalculate GPA.
  •  Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts.
  •  Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 30 contact/observation hours in the occupational therapy field. More than one setting is recommended.
  •  Applicants must secure three (3) letters of reference. One of these letters must be written by: a present or former science professor, academic advisor or pre-OT advisor; One reference letter should come from a professional from the occupational therapy field or clinic supervisor. The final letter must be from a faculty or supervisor who has known you for a year or more and can comment on your suitability for an intense graduate program. Letters from an educational consulting service will not be accepted. New letters of reference must be submitted for each application year.
  •  Applicants who are considered potential candidates will be invited to participate in an applicant interview process.
  •  Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the academic term prior to matriculation at ATSU.
  •  Applicants are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a laptop computer prior to the first day of class.
  •  Students must obtain and maintain Health Care Provider level of CPR certification from either the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support, CPR and AED for Healthcare Professionals) or the American Red Cross (CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer & Health Care Provider). Verification must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy department prior to enrollment.
  •  Applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check at their own expense. Applicants need to be aware that having a felony conviction might impact a graduate’s future ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam and/or ability to obtain state licensure to practice.
  •  All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. You can find information on the methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency in the General Admissions section. International Admissions Requirements
  •  Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one ATSU-ASHS program, including both entry-level Occupational Therapy programs, MSOT and OTD (and including Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Audiology), must submit separate application fees, transcripts and references. Acceptance to ATSU-ASHS is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program. Application materials are not transferable from one application year to another.
  •  Applications for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, which means that seats are offered to qualified applicants beginning in October and ending when all seats are filled. For that reason, applicants are encouraged to apply early as seats fill quickly. Point of entry into the program is only once each academic year with classes beginning in mid-July.

  • Prerequisite course work or approved equivalent coursework MUST be taken for a grade. CLEP, AP, and high school courses may not be used to fulfill a prerequisite course. Any coursework with a grade of C- or below will not be considered toward fulfillment of the occupational therapy prerequisites. Preference will be given to applicants who have letter grades for courses and prerequisites.
  • Prerequisites over six years old will not be accepted unless the course is part of the degree major. Prerequisites older than six years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of school. Applicants with four or more outstanding prerequisites will not be considered for admission. Applicants must show proof of enrollment in any pending prerequisite courses by the beginning of the spring semester and the prerequisites must be completed by the start of July. ATSU’s fall semester starts mid-July.
  • For questions, please contact residential admissions at 480.219.6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu
  1. Human Anatomy: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
  2. Human Physiology: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours (Note: Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II may be substituted for the above courses).
  3. Science: In addition to numbers one and two above, two courses for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours each from one of the following: General Biology I & II, Microbiology, Chemistry (Physical, Organic, Biochemistry) or Physics. Preference for courses with lab.
  4. Statistics: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours. Course must be behavioral, education, psychological or mathematical statistics. Business statistics does not fulfill this requirement.
  5. Lifespan Human Development: This requirement can be met by having one course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours that covers human development from birth through gerontology. It can also be met by having a child development or child psychology course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours, in addition to a gerontology or psychology of aging course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  6. Introduction or General Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours
  7. Abnormal Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  8. Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology: One course either in Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Anthropology or Cultural Anthropology for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
  9. English: Two courses of composition, grammar/literature, for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
  10. Humanities: Two courses (e.g., philosophy, religion, literature, art, dance, music, logic, ethics, or foreign language), for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
  11. Medical Terminology: one course for a minimum 1 semester hour/1 quarter hour.

Review minimum technology requirements

For questions, please contact the Residential Admissions office at 480.219.6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu.

To earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, all students in the residential program must:

  1. Completion with a passing grade (“C” or better) of all didactic coursework and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. Complete a minimum of 6 hours of volunteer work per semester for the first three semesters of your curriculum (total=18 hours).
  3. Completion with a passing score of all Level II fieldwork, within 24 months of completion of didactic coursework.
  4. Participation in the NBCOT preparation workshop.
  5. Discharge of all financial obligations to ATSU-ASHS.
  6. Attendance at commencement activities and graduation.
  7. Filing of all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar-Enrollment Services Office at the below address:
    800 West Jefferson Street
    Kirksville, MO 63501
    Telephone: (800) 626-5266 Ext. 2356

Applicants will apply online via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications for the entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, which means that seats are offered to qualified applicants beginning in October and ending when all seats are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as seats fill quickly. Applications can be submitted to OTCAS beginning in July. Point of entry into the program is only once each academic year with classes beginning in mid-July.

Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed OTCAS application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant is notified by email to submit a secondary application fee of $70 for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application then receives full consideration by the Occupational Therapy department.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-level (residential)

Tuition is due twice a year at ATSU. It is due at the beginning of the first and second semesters. Each payment is half the cost for the entire year. Tuition may be paid any time during the week that it is due. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5 per cent per month, which is 18 per cent per year.

Class/YearTuitionStudent Technology Fee
Class of 2024, year 1$35,304$1,150
Class of 2023, year 2$36,170$1,150
Class of 2022, year 3$36,170$1,150

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Midwestern University-Glendale Campus

ProgramMaster’s
LocationGlendale, AZ
Duration27 months, full-time
IntakeAugust
Class Size40

https://www.midwestern.edu/Documents-/Financial%20Aid/Glendale%20COA%20budgets/OT_AZ%202122%20final.pdf

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses

Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program must submit documentation for the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite coursework (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  3. Completion of the minimum number of prerequisite courses in the prescribed subject areas at regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  4. Satisfaction of the standards set forth by the Admissions Committee, including documentation of academic and professional promise in the prospective student.
  5. Completion of the Occupational Therapy Program’s interview process. On-campus interviews are by invitation only. Applicants are invited to an interview based on evidence supportive of excellence in:
    1. Academic achievement
    2. Oral and written communication skills
    3. Articulation of the domain and scope of OT practice
    4. Community service
    5. Leadership in extracurricular or other activities
  6. Completion of a first aid course within three years prior to enrollment.
  7. Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Level C/Health Care Provider or Basic Life Support of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Students are responsible for maintaining CPR certification at this level while enrolled in the program.
  8. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  9. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  10. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with clients and colleagues.
  11. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  12. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

Students must complete these courses with a grade of C or higher (Grades of C- are not acceptable).

CourseSem HrsQtr Hrs
Human Anatomy*#34
Physiology*34
Statistics34
Human Development34
Abnormal Psychology34
Social and Behavioral Science34
*The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.
#Human Anatomy must be completed successfully within 5 years of admission to the Program. The lab component with cadaver experience is strongly recommended.

Additional courses in the sciences and mathematics are also recommended, including chemistry, physiology, physics, and biology.

General education electives are also recommended to demonstrate competency in English composition, oral communication, problem-solving behavior, logic, and ethical theories.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration. Applicants are required to submit their applications to OTCAS by February 1st.

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Northern Arizona University

ProgramDoctor’s
LocationPhoenix, AZ 85004
Duration33 months, including fieldwork education and the required 16-week individualized residency.
Class Size45

The admissions cycle for entrance to the program in the fall of 2022 is open. The application cycle will close on January 16, 2022.

Applying to the OTD program is a two-step process:

1) Apply to the Graduate College.

2) Apply to the OTD program through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS).

  1. Choose Northern Arizona University as your school. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants are encourage to take advantage of the academic update window to update their grades.
  2. Sign up to receive updates regarding development of the program and any modifications to the university’s OTCAS application.

Before entering the program, you must complete the following semester course requirements:

  • 6 credits of biology OR 3 credits of biology AND 3 credits of chemistry. The biology credits must include a lab that supports human biology.
  • 6 credits of human anatomy and physiology
  • 3 credits of statistics, preferably in applied or bio-statistics
  • 3 credits of ethics , with topics related to current health care and medicine
  • 3 credits of abnormal psychology
  • 6 credits above the introductory level of human development, which must encompass the entire lifespan from birth to end-of-life. This can be met with a child development course coupled with a course on aging/gerontology OR a 3-credit course encompassing the entire lifespan AND a 3-credit course on human development, such as health, cognition, social perception, personality or gender.
  • 6 credits above the introductory level of sociology or social justice covering problems, development, structure and/or functions of society of the present day.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 80 Volunteer Hours
  • Report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  • 2 letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL iBT (for non-English-speaking universities) minimum scores – total 80.
  • Proof of competency in Medical Terminology
  • CPR certification.
  • Proof of Immunizations.

Resident

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Total Program Cost*
Tuition$16,603$18,485$11,125$46,213
Program Fees$11,000$11,000$11,000$33,000
Misc Mandatory Fees$630$630$420$1,680
Books$1,525$931$2,456
Total Cost$29,758$31,046$22,545$83,349

Non Arizona Resident

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Total Program Cost*
Tuition$31,267$33,882$27,291$92,440
Program Fees$11,000$11,000$11,000$33,000
Misc Mandatory Fees$630$630$420$1,680
Books$1,525$931$2,456
Total Cost$44,422$46,443$38,711$129,576
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Huntington University-Peoria

Huntington University-Peoria is not accredited and has been granted Candidacy Status.

ProgramDoctor’s
Location8385 W Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382
(480) 939-5074
DurationThe OTD program is a full-time, eight-term program over three years. 
Class Size32 for Spring

has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),

The OTD program is a full-time, eight-term program over three years. 

Huntington University’s rigorous OTD curriculum requires 18 to 19 credit hours per semester. Students should be prepared to designate evenings and weekends to extensive study, reading, and writing. 

Classes and fieldwork experiences typically will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

We annually admit up to 56 students at our Fort Wayne, Indiana, location (22 in the spring cohort and 34 in the fall) and 32 students at our Peoria, Arizona, location, projected for spring 2021. 

New fall cohort classes begin each August, and new spring cohort classes begin in late January. 

  1.  Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or a plan to complete one prior to enrollment. 
  2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. B- or better in all prerequisite courses:
  4. Three letters of recommendation submitted via OTCAS. At least one of these must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a licensed occupational therapist.
  5. Candidates who are invited to the interview phase of the admission process will be required to complete a writing sample based on a short reading assignment. The student will be given up to 50 minutes to complete the essay.
  6. Successful participation and completion of the doctoral program in occupational therapy will require students to be competent in using computer and internet technology. Learn more about required technology
  7. Successful participation and completion of the doctoral program in occupational therapy will require students to be competent in using computer and internet technology. Specifics about required technology can be found on the Computer Recommendation webpage.
  8. More information can be found on the Admissions Requirements page

Tuition per credit hour is $946* (111 total hours). The three-year program completion plan with tuition and fees is as follows:

2021 – 2022 Academic Year

Current CostOTD Program 2021 Fall SemesterOTD Program 2022 Spring SemesterOTD Program 2022 Summer SemesterOTD Program 2021-2022 Academic YearTotal Cost of Program (3-yr Program 2021-2023)*
Tuition$13,714$13,714$13,714$41,142$104,984
Student Fees$208$208$208$624$1,508
Books & Supplies$725$725$725$2,175$4,350
Loan Fees$325$325$325$975$2,600
Distance Ed Fees$0$0$0$0$0
Total$14,972$14,972$14,972$44,916$113,442

*Tuition charges are distributed by term and not by hours. The costs listed above do not include textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change in subsequent semesters or if a student withdraws and wishes to re-enrol at a later date. Billing statements will be provided prior to each term outlining payment due dates.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab >> 4 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab >> 4 credits
  • Lab Science (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) >> 3–4 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology >> 3 credits
  • Abnormal Psychology >> 3 credits
  • Social Science >> 3 credits
  • Statistics or Research >> 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology >> 1–3 credits
  • 1. Review Minimum Admission Requirements 
  • 2. Submit Application via OTCAS Portal
  • 3. Pay Application Fee
  • 4. Interview
  • After You Submit Your Application, Transcript, and References

How much does an Occupational Therapist make in Arizona? The average Occupational Therapist salary in Arizona is $91,381 as of January 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $83,709 and $99,547. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

https://www.salary.com/research/salary/benchmark/occupational-therapist-salary/az

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