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Admissions Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant

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.

Note: This does not apply to South University OTA students (in good standing) who are transferring between campuses.

Admissions Requirements for the OTA Professional Phase

The following information is required from students applying for admission into theProfessional Curriculum of the OTA Program:

1.   Students must have a minimum grade of ‘C’ or above in all prerequisites, except for thefollowing courses, in which students must achieve a minimum grade of ‘B’ or above:  BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology ILab, BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, PSY2022 Human Growth and Development and OTA1001 Introduction to OccupationalTherapy

2.   In addition, note that a minimum CGPA of 2.85 is required for prerequisite and general education coursework. All prerequisitecoursework must be completed at the time of entry into the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program.

3.   NOTE:  Courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture and lab) and Anatomy and Physiology II(lecture and lab) must have been taken in the past seven years from the intended start date of the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program.

4.   Students must have official transcripts on file at South University at the time of application to the ProfessionalCurriculum of the OTA Program. Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended and having them sentto South University.  All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.

5.    Students must complete and submit an OTA Application; this includes a signed Acknowledgement of Risk and Release ofLiability form and Student Medical Insurance Verification form (along with copy of the front and back of the medical insurance card). The student must uploadproof of medical insurance to an agency identified in the OTA Application.

6.   Students must submit ATI TEAS scores, which will not be accepted if greater than 5 years old.  A total score below thenational mean will result in a lower ranking score for this component. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.

7.   Students must complete 12 hours of observation of  occupational therapy practitioners in two different areasof occupational therapy practice (e.g., pediatrics, adults, inpatient, outpatient, acute care, rehab, mental health, skilled nursing), documented onthe form provided in the OTA Application, signed and dated by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. For example, you might observe inhospital and a skilled nursing settings or adult rehab and acute care.

8.   Students must provide a copy of the front and back of the card showing current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitationin Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. The student must upload this credential to the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated feesare the responsibility of the student.

9.   Students must complete a background check and drug test; the agency overseeing the background check and drug test isidentified in the OTA Application. No other background checks and drug tests will be accepted. The background check and drug test must have been completedfor South University within the past year from the intended start date of the Professional Curriculum of the OTA Program. All associated fees are theresponsibility of the student.

NOTE: Applicants will not be permitted to enter the admission ranking process if theyhave been convicted of a felony. No applicant who has been convicted of a felony will be admitted into the OTA Program.

NOTE:  If the applicant has been convicted of any of the following disqualifyingmisdemeanors:  rape or sexual abuse, molestation, abuse, endangerment, or neglect of a child, disabled person, or elderly person, that applicant is noteligible to enter the Professional OTA Curriculum.

If the background check contains any other type of positive misdemeanor, the applicantmust meet with the OTA Program Director to obtain instructions for contacting appropriate entities to seek an early determination decision as to whether ornot the applicant will likely be allowed to sit for the national certification exam. 

The applicant must also understand that any type of misdemeanor conviction mayresult in the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator being unable to place the applicant on Level I or Level II Fieldwork, which could delay or prevent theapplicant from graduating from the OTA Program.

Lastly, applicants must understand that any misdemeanor conviction while enrolled inthe OTA Program will result in referral of the student to the OTA Committee on Progressions and Appeals and/or the Dean of Student Affairs; the conviction mayalso be grounds for dismissal from the OTA Program.

10. Required immunizations are identified in the OTA Application. Students must provideevidence that the Hepatitis B test has been initiated, along with other immunizations, at the time of application. The student must upload all originallab results and evidence of immunization through the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student. Allimmunizations must be completed no later than 15 business days the before Friday before the the start of the second quarter in the Professional OTACurriculum.

11. Students must show evidence of a physical exam by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant; results must beuploaded through the agency identified in the OTA Application. All associated fees are the responsibility of the student.

12. All requirements for Financial Aid must have been met, as applicable; students must be in good standing with SouthUniversity.

 

Ranking of Applicants for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Ranking of Applicants for Admission into the Professional OTA Curriculum will be basedupon the following criteria:

  1. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.85 based on all prerequisite and general education coursework. Students must achieve a minimum grade of ‘“B’” in OTA1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab and PSY 2022 Human Growth and Development.
  2. Submitted results for the ATI TEAS
  3. Documented results from the background check and drug test must be available for review. (Note: No applicant will be considered for admission if documented results reveal conviction of a felony.)
  4. Students must have submitted documented completion of 12 hours of observation in two different areas of occupational therapy practice (e.g., pediatrics, adults, inpatient, outpatient, acute care, rehab, mental health, skilled nursing), on the form provided in the OTA Application. For example, you might observe in a hospital and skilled nursing setting or adult rehab and acute care.
  5. Students must have provided documented evidence of the following already in progress and uploaded to the agency identified in the OTA Application:
    1.      Hepatitis B and other immunizations
    2.      Current CPR or date scheduled to complete
    3.      Proof of medical insurance
    4.      Physical exam by nurse practitioner physician or physician assistant

NOTE:  If a qualified student is not accepted or if a student is unable to matriculateinto the Professional OTA Curriculum, s/he may use that same application to apply into the next cohort on that same campus within one year from the date ofapplication submission. After that time, the student must apply as a new student.

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