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How do I know if being an OTA is right for me?

When someone is in need, are you quick to lend a hand? Have you often been described as a good listener?

As you choose your own career path, it is important to think about areas where you naturally excel in day-to-day life. Those everyday talents – such as showing compassion, paying attention to detail, and even physical strength – will serve you well as an occupational therapy assistant. We invite you to find out more by contacting the Admissions Department at South University. Let us help point you in the right direction as you explore your future career path.

What is the application process to the OTA program at South University?

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at South University is designed for the full time student. Classes may meet during weekday or weekend, in the morning, afternoon or evening hours.

Students intending to enter the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will be admitted to South University as candidates for the OTA program. Only after completing prerequisite coursework and achieving the requirements outlined below will students be admitted into advanced standing in the OTA program.

Students may transfer prerequisite courses into the program before entering advanced standing if approved by the OTA Program Director and the Registrar. Transfer credit will not be accepted for courses in the South University OTA Professional Phase Curriculum.

The general education requirements (prerequisites) include the following:

  • Strategies for Success
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Psychology
  • Composition I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • Composition II
  • College Algebra I or College Algebra II

Admission Requirements for the Professional Phase of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85
  • Minimum of 24 hours of observation, volunteer, or employment in at least one occupational therapy clinic, in at least two practice areas of occupational therapy (e.g., pediatrics, physical disabilities, mental health, geriatrics) attested to by an occupational therapist on the form provided.
  • Completion of the Self-assessment Inventory (available from the OTA Program Office).
  • Completed OTA Application Packet.

Admission to South University does not guarantee admission into the Professional Phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

South University does not discriminate or harass on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, religion, veteran’s status, genetic marker, or any other characteristic protected by state, local or federal law, in our programs and activities. South University will not retaliate against persons bringing foreword allegations of harassment or discrimination. The campus Dean of Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries and coordinate the campus' compliance efforts regarding the non-discrimination policy.

Students who seek reasonable accommodations should notify the Campus Dean of Student Affairs or the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs and Operations of their specific limitations and, if known, their specific requested accommodations. Students will be asked to supply medical documentation of the need for accommodation. Classroom accommodations are not retroactive, but are effective only upon the student sharing approved accommodations with the instructor. Therefore, students are encouraged to request accommodations as early as feasible with the Disability Services Coordinator to allow for time to gather necessary documentation. If you have a concern or complaint in this regard, please contact the Designated Disability Coordinator. Complaints will be handled in accordance with the University's Grievance Procedure. Please see the appendix located at the end of the catalog which includes a list of specific contact information by location.