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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Admission Requirements and Application Packet

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Fall 2014 OTA Application Process has closed. Applicants for Fall 2015 can attend the remaining information session for this academic year [Thursday April 17th from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in HPSS 305] and participation will be applied toward the fall 2015 application requirements. New mandatory information sessions for fall 2015 application cycle will be published within the fall 2015 OTA Application packet when it becomes available on the OTA web page later this summer. A review of the current 2014 application packet will be a good guide for advanced planning but all applicants for fall 2015 will need to access/download and follow all steps outlined in the fall 2015 OTA Application Packet when it becomes available.


    Persons considering and/or seeking fall 2015 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 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 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 2014 OTA Application Packet is linked to the bottom of this page. A review of this packet is a guide for advanced planning for fall 2015 application to the OTA Program. Applicants for fall 2015 will need to access, download and follow all steps outlined in the fall 2015 packet when it becomes available in late summer.

    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. Authorized staff within the Enrollment and Student Records office conduct formal reviews for transfer credit of general education requirements.

    OTA courses are offered during the day only - students must be able to commit to a day-time schedule

    Occupational Therapy - Living Life to its Fullest!

    The requirements for submitting an application for Fall 2014 admission consideration may be found by downloading the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2014 Admission Application Packet (Traditional and Accelerated).

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