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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 Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (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 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) transferring between campuses.

Ranking applicants for admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be done during the second quarter of coursework in general education requirements based on coursework taken in the first quarter. Ranking will be comprised of five elements including the Cumulative GPA for prerequisites.

For example:

  • Strategies for Success
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Psychology
  • Composition I
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and 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

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.

South University provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. The Disability Services office assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs and activities at South University.