Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Selection Process/Volunteer Verification Form
The following are requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program at Cuyahoga Community College. ALL of these requirements must be fulfilled and evidence of their completion must be submitted. Failure to submit evidence of fulfilling ALL admission requirements will exclude applicants from consideration for admission.
Submission of the following forms:
- Completion of a Cuyahoga Community College Application. Do this before you submit your transcripts.
- Completion of the Health Careers Application/Occupational Therapy Assistant.
- Submission of an official high school transcripts or GED certification (Request your HS transcript or GED office to forward the transcript to the Tri-C Office of Admissions and Records).
- Submission of official copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (including Tri-C).
- Your application will not be considered complete until all external transcripts have been evaluated by the Tri-C Admissions and Records Department, which takes 4-8 weeks. Applicants must also demonstrate an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Candidates must achieve a minimum of 2.50 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.00 scale) for the three core courses (Basic) listed below or their Tri-C evaluated equivalent:
Basic Core Courses:
- ENG-1010 College Composition I
- MA-1020 Medical Terminology I
- BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I
Core courses or additional core courses may be repeated only once to improve a grade.
All science and math courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years at the time an application is submitted.
Applicants may request on their applications that core courses more than seven (7) years old be exempted from the repeat rule and the GPA calculation. All exempted core courses must be retaken prior to submitting the application.
- Prospective students must complete 50 hours of documented volunteer experience in an occupational therapy department under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact an occupational therapy department to arrange for this observation of occupational therapy. Most area occupational therapy departments are accustomed to student volunteers and will help you in obtaining these observation hours.
- In lieu of volunteer experience you can take the OTAT-1300 Occupational Therapy Principles course which is being offered at the Metro Campus during the Fall and Spring Semester.
- Paid work experience as an Occupational Therapy/Rehab Aide will be recognized in lieu of volunteer experience.
- Non-native speaking applicants: applicants whose native language is not English and test into the ESL series must take the TOEFL, IBT http://www.toefl.org and score minimally, 21 Reading and Listening, 23-Writing, and 25-Speaking. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL will be the responsibility of the student.
- Students may be required to undergo drug testing prior to starting a clinical experience. The student is responsible for the cost of this testing. The type of testing needed, time restrictions and the cost of the testing will be dependent on the clinical site. Test results will be sent to Clinical Site Coordinator, Healthcare Career Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College and they will be kept confidential.
- If a student fails a drug test, Cuyahoga Community College is under no obligation to place a student at another clinical site. It is the student’s responsibility to provide proper documentation to the Clinical Site Coordinator, Healthcare Career Initiatives if they failed the test due to justifiable drug use.
- A student may not be able to complete the health career program if they cannot be placed in a clinical site due a failed drug test.
- Upon acceptance into the program and prior to matriculation, the student will be required to submit evidence of good health, Hepatitis B inoculations, and current certification in CPR and immunization record.
- Candidates must possess good health plus abilities and skills in the followingareas: observation, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal/intrapersonal, cognitive abilities (i.e. problem solving, good judgment, etc.) and psychomotor.
- It is mandatory that students carry personal health insurance in order to participate in clinical experiences.
- Cuyahoga Community College, Health Careers and Science Division require that all students entering a Health Career Program must complete and pass a criminal background check prior to admission at student’s expense. An individual who is disqualified as a result of the background check will not be permitted to enroll in the health careers program of his/her choosing.
- Felony convictions may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state license.Applicants for National Certification are required to provide additional documentation if convicted of a felony or have a history of chemical/substance abuse.
- The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) offers an early determination Review to individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony. Further information regarding this issue can be obtained from NBCOT at 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.The telephone number is (301) 990-7979. Website: www.nbcot.org
- Once all the admission requirements have been verified, a letter of acceptance with a projected starting date will be mailed to the applicant.
- Thirty (30) new students will be admitted to the OTAT program to start during the summer session. Accepted students will be required to attend an orientation to the program before the first week of classes.
- It is the policy of Tri-C that all terms of employment and educational benefits will be administered without regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, or status as a disabled Vietnam veteran. Persons with physical disabilities must be able to perform essential functions of an Occupational Therapist Assistant.
NOTE: An enrollment waiting list will be kept when there are more qualified applicants than openings.Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as admission requirements are met.Applicants on a waiting list must maintain good academic standing with the College for final enrollment into the program. Basic computer skills and use of the Internet are necessary for success in the program, as the OTAT courses incorporate the use of technology.
For more information about the profession of occupational therapy, visit The American Occupational Therapy Association web-site at www.aota.org and click on the tab that read consumers.
For more information about the Tri-C program, please contact Hector L. Merced, MS, OTR/L, and Program Manager at 216-987-4498, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web-site. Listed below some occupational therapy and other health-related sites you may find of interest.