Persons considering and/or seeking fall 2020 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 2019-2020 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 PSY 212: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences as well as MAT 143: Introduction to Statistics in order to enhance ability to read and understand research articles. Medical Terminology and Sociology are other non-required courses that can be valuable to learning within the OTA curriculum.
The Fall 2020 OTA Application Packet: Each applicant for fall 2020 must complete every step as outlined in the checklist within the application packet and submit a completed application by the published due date. The 2020 Application packet can be found at the bottom of this page.
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 generalhealth 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 are published within the fall 2020 OTA Application Packet and can also be accessed through the link below. 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 2020

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.
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 Monday-Friday.
The requirements for submitting an application for Fall 2019 admission consideration may be found by downloading the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2019 Admission Application Packet (Traditional and Accelerated).
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