Admission and Application Procedures
All interested persons are welcome to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, This program offers a competitive admissions policy. Please contact Dr. Rae Ann Smith, OTA Program Director, at (301) 784-5536, for an application and information about admission requirements. Early application to the program is encouraged. Application deadline is March 1* of each year to be considered for entry into the program the summer. Following the selection from these applications, if the class of 16 is not filled, students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis based on their eligibility.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a 1+1 program. This means that students are required to complete all General Education requirements (Phase 1) before applying to the clinical phase of the program (Phase II). A full-time student could potentially complete all General Education requirements in one year; however, a part-time student will require additional time. It is recommended that General Education requirements be completed within five (5) years prior to application to the Clinical Phase, and it is mandatory for the Biology requirements unless waived by the program director.
Requirements for application to the Clinical Phase (Phase II):
- Successful completion of all General Education courses (Phase I) with a grade of “C” or better.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all Phase I courses.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an ID badge for volunteer observation hours
- Completion of 32 documented volunteer hours with a licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant at two different facilities. Sixteen of the 32 hours must be in a hospital or long term care setting, and the remaining 16 hours must be in an outpatient setting (pediatrics, outpatient therapy clinic, home care, or mental health).The observation forms must be submitted directly to the OTA Department by the supervisor at the facility by the March 1 deadline. Forms must be submitted in a confidential manner or they will not be accepted.
- Submission of program application by March 1 in order to be considered for admission in the summer session.
- Successful completion of a professional interview with a score of at least 70%.
- Successful completion of an admission essay.
- Completion of College Success Factors Index (Applicants must purchase a user code from the ACM Boostore)
All applicants will be required to submit to a criminal background check. All admitted students must have a clean criminal record in order to be placed in clinical sites.
Admission to the clinical phase of the OTA program is limited to 16 students per year, and completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission. Please contact the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program or the Admissions Office for more information on the admissions process.
Once admitted to the clinical phase (Phase II), students will complete all OTA courses at the Cumberland campus in 4 consecutive terms; summer, fall, spring, and summer. Many of the Phase II courses are offered in an A-Term/B-Term format.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is comprised of both classroom education and clinical experience. A satisfactory health record must be on file prior to clinical experience. CPR certification is a prerequisite to beginning the clinical phase of the program. Certification and/or recertification is the responsibility of the student. The college regularly offers such courses. In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must obtain a Criminal Record Check, prior to entrance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. If participating in a clinical experience at a Pennsylvania site, the student must also obtain a Child Abuse History Clearance. During enrollment, any official change or the initiation of any governmental proceeding affecting the information revealed by the required criminal or child abuse background checks must be reported immediately by the student to the director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
Please complete and return Pages 1 & 2 of the Application to the address found at the bottom of Page 1.