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North Shore Community College

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Admission Requirements and Application Packet


    Persons considering and/or seeking fall 2016 application are highly encouraged to enroll in as many of the OTA Program's general education course requirements as possible prior to entering the OTA Program. These courses can be taken in advance during the 2014-2016 academic years (including summer sessions) and include Composition 1 and 2; Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2; General Psychology; and Human Growth and Development [must be a lifespan development course from birth to death]. ALL of these six general education courses are pre-admission requirements for the accelerated option of study but are also recommendations for the traditional option of study [especially if students must balance part-time work and family responsibilities along with the rigors of the OTA courses]. In addition, although not a program requirement for any option of study within the OTA Program, students are advised to enroll in NSCC's 1 credit LSC101: Research Methods. Students are also advised to take Statistics in order to enhance ability to read and understand research articles. Medical Terminology is another non-required course that can be valuable to learning within the OTA curriculum. 
    The Fall 2015 OTA Application Packet is currently linked to the bottom of this page and can serve as a good guide for for reviewing the likely expectations of the fall 2016 application. However, changes may be made and applicants for fall 2016 will need to access, download and follow all steps outlined in the Fall 2016 OTA Application packet when it becomes available on this web page in July 2015. 
    Mandatory information sessions are part of the application process. Every applicant must attend a mandatory OTA Program Information Session as part of the application process. OTA Program information sessions are different than other general health advising sessions offered by the college. One OTA Program information session is scheduled each month throughout the academic year from August - May. The dates of all OTA information sessions for the fall 2016 application cycle will be posted with the fall 2016 OTA Application Packet when it becomes available in July 2015. It is in a potential applicant's best interest to come to one of the earliest sessions possible as the admissions process is reviewed and clarified, and important program information is shared.

    TRANSFER CREDIT: Official transfer credit review is conducted by authorized staff within the Enrollment and Student Records office (Registrar's office). Students wishing to transfer courses into NSCC from another academic institution are advised to review the criteria, policy and procedure for obtaining approval of transfer credit posted on the Registrar's office web page at http://www.northshore.edu/registrar/transfer_courses.html.

    DAY PROGRAM: All options of study within the OTA Program are day programs. OTA courses are offered during the day only - students must be able to commit to a day-time schedule.

    OTA PROGRAM APPLICATION PACKET: The requirements for submitting an application for Fall 2015 admission consideration may be found by downloading the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2015 Admission Application Packet (Traditional and Accelerated).

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