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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.

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
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
  • 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.
  • Proof of current medical insurance
  • Completion of level two background check
  • Completion of physical exam and required immunizations
  • Proof of current CPR Basic Life Support for HealthCare Providers
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

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. This non-discriminatory policy includes admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices and all other university-administered programs.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program fully supports the provision of reasonable accommodations to students with special needs. Program requirements will not be altered. Instead, it is the policy of South University to provide reasonable accommodations to students with special needs who request them so that they can meet the program requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to contact the Dean of Student Affairs with documentation to support their need for accommodations. Students are encouraged to contact the department chair or coordinator as early as possible to discuss their particular situation.

Both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against "otherwise qualified" persons with a disability. If an applicant can perform those essential functions, he or she is "otherwise qualified" under the law and must be treated the same as a person without a disability. A person who cannot perform the essential functions is not "otherwise qualified" and may be denied access to the program without discrimination.