Rocky Mountain College will admit one new cohort of OTD students who will begin classes in January each year (30 students/cohort).

Important Deadlines:

  • OTCAS opens: February 1, 2018-first cohort (July 18th-annually afterward)
  • Application deadline: October 1
  • Decision posted: November 15
  • Classes begin: January 2019 (annually afterward)

Due to the ACOTE accreditation process, RMC OTD Program will notify students of acceptance into the inaugural class on August 8, 2018. Classes will begin on January 7, 2019, (pending ACOTE approval). All subsequent classes will be admitted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Checklist:

❑     College Transcripts: A bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment. Your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution(s) must be sent to Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). If you are still taking prerequisite courses during the application cycle, you may submit your unofficial transcript, and proof of enrollment. Please note, however, that you will not be able to enroll in our program until your official transcript has been received verifying completion of these courses, that you have received a “C-” or better, and that you still meet the minimum GPA required. Upon acceptance into the RMC OTD Program, transcripts should also be mailed directly to:

Rocky Mountain College
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
1511 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102

Transcripts must be received prior to the scheduled class matriculation date or class standing will be revoked. Failure to submit the mandatory transcripts or fulfill any other requirements specified in a conditional offer of admission to the program, prior to the scheduled class matriculation, will result in the withdrawal of the conditional offer.

Graduates of Rocky Mountain College who have met all the requirements for admission and have earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 60 credits earned at RMC will be granted an automatic interview. Please note: this interview DOES NOT guarantee acceptance into the program - students will compete with all other interviewing students for matriculating status.

Advanced Placement:

No advanced placement or transfer credit may be applied toward fulfilling the RMC OTD curriculum.

❑     Application: Applications will be accepted online through OTCAS. There is a fee associated with submitting your application through OTCAS. The initial application fee is $140.00 and a $60.00 fee for each additional OT program application. Students must use OTCAS to submit an application to Rocky Mountain College.

❑     Application Fee: In addition to the OTCAS fee, you will also need to submit a non-refundable supplemental fee of $45.

❑     GRE: GRE: You will need to request that your most current Graduate Education Examinations (GRE) score be sent to OTCAS. The GRE must have been taken within five years of application to our program. The OTCAS GRE Code for Rocky Mountain College is: 2722. There is no minimum GRE score. Your OTCAS application cannot be processed without your official GRE scores from the Educational Training Services (ETS).

❑     Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

Credit Hours


Introduction to Biology


Lab not required but recommended

Human or Vertebrate Anatomy


Lab not required but recommended

Human or Vertebrate Physiology


Lab not required but recommended



Recommended but not required

Introduction to Psychology



Abnormal Psychology



Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology



Lifespan Human Development


Birth to Death (for some undergraduate institutions, this may require more than one course to fulfill the “birth to death” requirement.)



Can be from biology, mathematics, psychology, business; or Research Methods

Medical Terminology


A medical terminology certificate can be used to fulfill the pre-requisite requirement for this coursework.

*Can be combined A/P for 8 credits.

Prerequisite coursework may be completed during the admission cycle. Please add planned courses in OTCAS transcript section. Coursework must be completed by December 15. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology cannot be taken on-line.

❑     GPA: A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA is required. We expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all prerequisite courses must reflect a “C-” or better.

❑     References: Three references are required (submitted via OTCAS). At least one reference must be from an occupational therapist.  Reference from a college professor who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program is recommended but not required. References from family members will not be accepted.

❑     OT Observation Hours: 40 hours are required to explore occupational therapy as a career in at least two different settings.  Information on how to provide this information can be found on the OTCAS application form.

❑     Essay: The OTCAS application form will require a brief personal essay describing why you selected OT as a career and how an occupational therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. In addition, we would like to know why you are applying to Rocky Mountain College. The essay should be no more than 1500 words in length.

❑     Interview: The Admissions Committee will send invitations to selected candidates to interview. Not all applicants will be invited to interview. An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Before beginning initial coursework, students must provide:

  • Criminal background checks (federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations) at student expense.
  • Signed Technical Standards document
  • Written verification of immunizations at student expense.

After classes start, and in preparation for clinical placements, students must also provide:

  • Written verification of health insurance at student expense.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification from the American Heart Association at student expense.
  • Any additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies (such as drug screening, background check, etc.) at student expense.