DIY Pre-OT Student Planning Guide

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Pre-OT Student Planning Guide & Self Assessment document provides important resources for UT Austin students planning on applying to Occupational Therapy School. We are updating the DIY guide and will upload it here when we are done.

Prerequisites & Time Line

Stress Management Resources




Research OT Schools Before You Apply!


  • List of Texas OT Schools
  • AOTA has a list of accredited programs on thier website. Use this to research programs before you apply. 


Application Services

Application Services


As of Jan. 2018, all of  the Texas OT programs, except Abilene Christian University, use OTCAS 

  • Many out-of-state schools also use OTCAS. For other schools check with individual schools admissions pages for application and personal stratement instructions
  • Most OT programs do not have secondary application and fees. Check with individual schools to confirm.

Letters of Recommendation

References should come directly from the evaluator to OTCAS, unless otherwise instructed by your designated OT program. Evaluators can send References to OTCAS electronically or by using a paper Reference Form that can be printed from the OTCAS application.

Personal Statements

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to OT school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values

Pre-Occupational Therapy Resources