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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Admission Requirements and Application Packet


    Persons considering and/or seeking fall 2017 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 2016-2017 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 2016 OTA Application Packet is linked to the bottom of this page. Each applicant for fall 2016 must complete every step as outlined in the checklist within the application packet and submit a complete application by the published due date.

    NOTE: Applicants for Fall 2017 are encouraged to review this packet as the Fall 2017 OTA Application Packet will likely be similar. Once available, the Fall 2017 OTA Application Packet will replace the fall 2016 packet and all applicants for Fall 2017 will need to access and complete all steps outlined in the Fall 2017 OTA Application Packet.
    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 and times of all OTA information sessions for the fall 2016 application cycle are posted below and published within the fall 2016 OTA Application Packet. 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.

    OTA Information Sessions for Fall 2016 Application:
    • Tuesday August 25, 2015 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in room DH-227
    • Thursday September 17, 2015 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-226
    • Thursday October 15, 2015 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-226
    • Thursday November 12, 2015 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-226
    • Thursday December 10, 2015 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-226
    • Wednesday January 27, 2016 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-306
    • Please Note: This is the last session scheduled before the Application due date for Fall 2016 Applications.

    The following sessions can apply toward the Fall 2017 OTA Application cycle if the Fall 2016 application cycle closes:
    • Wednesday February 24, 2016 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-306
    • Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-306
    • Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in room DH-306

    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 2016 admission consideration may be found by downloading the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2016 Admission Application Packet (Traditional and Accelerated).

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