Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Admission Requirements
Cuyahoga Community College’s OTAT program uses a rolling admission process, which means there is no application deadline. Students become eligible to apply once they meet all program-specific admission requirements. Applications are reviewed as they arrive. Enrollment in the OTAT program is limited to 22 students. New cohorts begin each summer term.
Admission requirements are listed below. Failure to submit all required documentation will exclude the applicant from consideration.
1. High school diploma or GED and/or previous college coursework with a minimum 2.50 GPA.
2. Completed Tri-C application (new students only). Do this before submitting your transcripts.
3. Submit transcripts from past colleges for evaluation in order to determine transfer credits:
Cuyahoga Community College
Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 5966
Cleveland, OH 44101
High school transcripts are highly encouraged. Applicants without a high school diploma may provide documentation of GED completion.
Your application will not be considered complete until all external transcripts have been evaluated.
4. Earn a C or better in the following courses:
- BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I
- MA-1020 Medical Terminology I
- ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I
You may only repeat a core course once to improve your grade. A W counts as an attempt. Science courses must be less than seven years old.
5. 16 hours shadowing an OT Practitioner or OTAT 1300 Occupational Therapy Principles
- The program strongly recommends that a prospective student complete 16 hours of shadowing of an OT practitioner. Paid experience as a rehab or OT aide will also be accepted. Shadowing experience hours should be documented using the job shadow/volunteer experience form below.
Please note: If a student does not complete the 16 hours of shadowing, OTAT 1300 Occupational Therapy Principles will be accepted in lieu of this requirement provided the student completes the course and earns a grade of B or better. OTAT 1300 Occupational Therapy Principles is a required program course, however prospective students have the option to take it up to two years prior to admission to the program. Students must receive a grade of B or higher to be accepted into the program regardless of when it is completed. If a student does not receive a grade of B or higher, OTAT 1300 may be repeated only once. A W counts as an attempt.
6. Once all other steps are completed, submit a Health Careers Program application to the Health Careers Enrollment Center.
7. After submitting all required documentation, email email@example.com to ensure your file is complete.
8. Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance into the program. They must then return the OTAT Acceptance Reply form by the indicated deadline to avoid losing their seat.
- Pass/No Pass grade options may not be used for prerequisite requirements.
- Program admission is premised on a complete and accurate initial application to the College, including, if applicable, proof of English Language Proficiency Requirements.
- Students must successfully complete English as Second Language (ESL) courses if deemed necessary by the College at the time of enrollment. Admission is conditioned upon achieving the necessary GPA, English language proficiency requirements and specific prerequisite courses. Students must also meet program-specific accreditation or licensing requirements as evidenced in the program handbook.
- A criminal background check is required for program admission. Learn more here.
- Felony convictions may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure. Applicants for national certification must provide additional documentation if they have been 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 for individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony. Visit nbcot.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Tri-C’s OTAT program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:
c/o Accreditation Department
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
- Graduates are prepared to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, located at:
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
- Those who successfully complete the NBCOT certification exam will become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on results of the NBCOT exam. In addition to passing the NBCOT exam, most states, including Ohio, require applicants to pass a state law and jurisprudence exam before practicing as an OTA. In Ohio, occupational therapy licensure is regulated by the OT section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board, located at:
77 S. High St., 16th Fl.
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
There is considerable cost associated with the required certification/licensure credentials (approximately $655 at the time of this publication).
For more information about the Tri-C program, please contact Heather Foos, Program Director, at 216-987-4055 or email@example.com.
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