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Application for OCAT Technical Study


Application for Admission - Summer 2019

Application Instructions: In order to be eligible for the OCAT Class of 2020, which begins Summer 2019, students must complete all program admission requirements and submit the application form and essay by March 1, 2019.  Acceptance into the program is a selective process, as outlined in the program's information packet.  Additional information regarding application for the class of 2020 will be available here on January 1, 2019.

Prior to initiating the online application, please make sure you have read the Application Information Packet and have completed your essay.  Essays will be accepted in Microsoft Word or as a PDF file.

Complete the Application

Application Status: To confirm that your application has been received, please contact Theresa Hootman.

Application Information:

Application Information Packet (PDF)

Essay Instructions: Along with the online application, please upload a one-page typed essay addressing the following:

Discuss a patient/client you observed during your observation hours and describe the impact of occupational therapy on that individual.

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Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical study program are listed below.  ALL of these requirements must be fulfilled, and evidence of their completion submitted by March 1, 2019, for admission in Summer Semester (May) 2019.  Failure to submit ALL admission requirements will exclude the applicant from consideration for admission.  Admission is based on comparative evaluation of the applicants' credentials as they relate to academic achievement. ​

  1. Complete and submit the Kent State University admission application with the  application fee.  The application can be accessed at:
  2. ALL high school and college transcripts must be sent to:  Kent State University at Ashtabula, Admissions Office, 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula, OH  44004.     
  3. Prior to acceptance into the OTA program, applicants must demonstrate competence for college level coursework for reading, mathematics, and writing. This can be met by one of the following:
    1. Results of ACT, SAT or COMPASS assessment scores.
    2. Completion of all prescribed developmental coursework.
    3. Evidence of a completed bachelor's degree. Arrangements to take the COMPASS tests can be made by calling the general office of the campus where you wish to take the tests.  It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the test results so that you are aware of what course work (if any) was recommended by your test scores.  It is advisable that you take the COMPASS as soon as possible, to allow time to take the recommended course work prior to the selection deadline. Contact the program director/advisor and/or enrollment manager for specific information about completion of developmental coursework.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the OCAT Program advisor by contacting the department secretary, Theresa Hootman, at 440-964-4252 or email The advisor will assist you in completing the requirements needed for admission into the OCAT Program, answer questions about the admission process, and meet with you each semester to assist you in scheduling your classes.
  5. Complete and submit the OCAT Program application for admission. Please note that admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical study program is a separate process from admission to the University and requires a separate application.  There is no additional fee to apply to the OCAT Program.
  6. The following prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the program:
  • Completion of high school biology or college biology (BSCI 10001 meets this requirement) with a letter grade of 'C' or better.  
  • Completion of MATH 00022 or a non-remedial college math course with a letter grade of 'C' or better.  
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 from your last scholastic experience is required to apply to the program, and you must maintain a 2.0 to remain in the program.  To qualify as a scholastic experience, at least six credit hours of related coursework must have been completed at that institution.
  • Complete two (2) observation experiences at Occupational Therapy facilities of your choice (with a minimum of 20 hours at each site) totaling at least 40 hours.  Submit each Occupational Therapy Observation Form to the OT or OTA supervising your observation experience to be completed.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact an Occupational Therapy department to arrange for this observation.  It is advisable to start your Occupational Therapy experience as soon as possible to be sure you are making the correct career choice for yourself. Observation forms are valid for up to 5 years from date of completion.
  • Applicants must have either successfully completed BSCI 11010—Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health OR be enrolled in this course during the spring semester by the application deadline to be eligible for the summer start.
  • Applicants must possess basic computer skills and access to the internet.  The OTA program utilizes web-enhanced courses and offers an online and a hybrid course. Applicants must possess basic computer skills and reliable access to the Internet. A high-speed internet connection is necessary for best results with Blackboard (online course platform) coursework. To be successful in online courses and to avoid technical issues, it is recommended that you use Mozilla Firefox as your primary Internet browser. In order to function appropriately, please update your browser’s plug-ins and keep your browser updated with the latest version.

Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology degree program 

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Selection Process

The OCAT Program admits a new class of up to 28 students each Summer Semester.  The deadline for application materials and requirements to be completed and submitted for the Summer 2019 admission is March 1, 2019.   Qualified applicants will be ranked on a point scale.  Points are assigned based on grade point average (GPA), observation experience, writing sample and completion of open enrollment courses. The 28 candidates with the highest points will be accepted. 

Students who are enrolled in BSCI 11010 during the Spring 2019 semester may be provisionally accepted, pending successful completion (C or better grade) of the course by the end of the Spring 2019 semester.  Provisionally accepted students who do not earn a C or higher in BSCI 11010 at the conclusion of the spring semester will not be eligible to start the program in the summer.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail of either acceptance or rejection by March 31, 2019, with reason for rejection provided.  Information regarding the selection results will not be given over the phone.  There is no waiting list, but students who continue to take program open enrollment courses listed in the OTA curriculum list may have a stronger, more competitive application the following year.  Students may only apply to the OCAT program two times.

Pursuant to federal regulations and state law, Kent State University is committed to provide all persons equal access to its programs, facilities, employment, without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identification as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era.  Inquiries regarding federal regulations and state law may be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action, Wright Hall, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001. 

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition: Here is the latest information on tuition and fees to attend Kent State University:

Books: OTA books usually average $350.00 per semester.

Miscellaneous: OTA students also incur the following costs:

  • Lab fees (approximately $25-75 per semester)
  • Certified Background compliance tracking $35
  • Current physical examination and current immunizations
  • CPR certification 
  • Fingerprinting/Criminal Background check ($78 per year)
  • Clinical education expenses (travel, uniform, name tag and meals)

Housing: There are no school-owned residence halls at the Ashtabula Campus. However, there are apartments in the area that students who have opted not to commute have rented in the past.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Information on general financial aid and scholarships is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at

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