OTA Admission Requirements

The OTA program accepts 15 students each year. Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is on a selective basis; qualified applicants will be accepted on a case by case basis into the OTA program during each Spring semester. Each new cohort begins in the Fall semester. Program applications are due April 15th of each year. Priority Deadline for CMU students, March 15th of each year. Applications are accepted and reviewed through OTACAS.

CMU will not to admit students into the occupational therapy assistant bachelor-level degree program until Candidacy Status has been obtained from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE ®). Students should still register for required pre-requisite courses to be ready for acceptance into the OTAB once Candidacy Status has been achieved.

To be admitted to the OTA program, applicants must:

  1. Meet all admission requirements to CMU and be fully admitted. This includes all high school and college transcripts. CMU Application
  1. OTA Applicants submit the application for admission to the OTA program and participate in the interview process.
  2. OTACAS application documents include:
    • • Resume with references
    • • Three letters of recommendation
    • • Personal Essay
    • • CPR: Students must have a current CPR certification through application date. Certification is acceptable through The American Heart Association
    • • Transcripts
  3. Applicants must meet certain academic standards, as the OTA curriculum prepares graduates to take a national certification examination. Students are eligible to enroll in occupational therapy courses when the following requirements have been met:
    1. Applicants must complete the general education requirements and prerequisite coursework.  OTA prerequisite coursework includes:
      • General Biology, Human Anatomy with Lab*, Human Physiology with Lab*, Kinesiology or Human movement, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Medical Terminology, Statistics, Sociology.
      • All OTA prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of B- or better.
      • Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab must be completed within the last five years.
      • General Education Coursework: All general education courses must be completed with an earned grade of "C" or higher.
    2. Gen Ed required courses coursework must be complete with a cumulative 3.0 GPA, a science sub-GPA of 2.7, and an ACT of 20 or a TEAS scores ≥ 60 are eligible for consideration for admission to the OTA Program.
    3. Applicants must score 20 or above on the ACT English sub score, OR have previously completed ENG110 and ENG111.
    4. Applicants who have earned a bachelor degree and carry a GPA of 3.0 are eligible for consideration for acceptance into the program without submitting an entrance exam score.
    5. OTA Pre-admission & Science Coursework: Applicant must have completed defined general admission coursework, prerequisite science coursework and Introduction to Occupational Therapy prior to acceptance into the OTA program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed or in progress before or during the semester of the deadline. Courses with a grade of "D" or "F" will not count towards any Allied Health program.
    6. Questions about course equivalencies for transfer purposes may be directed to the registrar's office or directly to the OTA Program Director prior to submission of your packet.

Selection Process

  1. The program coordinator and faculty members shall review all applications to the OTA program.
  2. Applicant files are reviewed based on interviews, examination scores, essay scores, and GPA values.
  3. Applicants may be accepted either "fully" or "pending successful completion of pre-requisite requirements." In addition, applicants may be admitted as an alternate. There will be at least two alternates per cohort. Students that are ranked as #16 and #17 will be offered the position of alternate. All applicants accepted or on the wait list are notified of their status and are provided information regarding their responsibilities in completing mandatory requirements, including carrying out criminal background check, urine drug screens, and other mandatory items of applicant responsibility. Please note, additional cost to the student may be incurred.
  4. An applicant forfeits her or his reserved seat in the program if she or he
    • • Has not completed the mandatory requirements (other than coursework) prior to August 15th of each year;
    • • Does not meet the minimum requirements encompassed by the criminal background check and urine drug screen; or
    • • Drops out of any required pre-requisite coursework or does not meet the academic requirements for that coursework (accepted pending).
  5. Forfeited seats will be awarded to the next applicant or alternate from the applicant group who has completed the mandatory requirements.
  6. Applications are considered only in the year in which they are submitted.
  7. In the event that two applicants are tied for placement an admissions committee will be responsible for making the final decision regarding the applicant selection. The committee may be comprised of (1) faculty member, (1) advisory board member, and an administrative official from within CMU, i.e. provost, department chair, or dean.

After Acceptance

  1. Students must provide vaccination records for Rubella, Tetanus, Mumps, Polio, Chicken Pox, and submit proof of or waiver of Hepatitis B vaccination
  2. Students must provide proof of physical examination to ensure that they are physically capable of performing the required minimum physical standards of the occupational therapy assistant student.
  3. A criminal background check must be completed-students will be notified via mail or email regarding the process of completing this requirement. Students are responsible for the cost of this process. *
  4. A drug screen will be completed prior to clinical participation- students will be notified via mail or email correspondence regarding the process of completing this requirement. Students are responsible for the cost of this screen.*
  5. Students are required to be covered by a personal health insurance

*An unsatisfactory result on the criminal background check or drug screen may result in an individual's inability to participate in clinical education experiences. Clinical education experiences are required for successful completion of the program.

**A felony conviction may affect a graduates eligibility for certification and credentialing.