Admission Requirements

The following are requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

All of these requirements must be fulfilled, and evidence of their completion submitted by May 15, 2020.

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 and knowledge of the field. An applicant may only apply to the OCAT program a total of two (2) times.

  1. Applicants must complete an application for admission to Kent State University and pay the $40.00 application fee. All application forms are available at Kent State East Liverpool by request.
  2. ALL High School and College transcripts must be sent to the Admissions Office at Kent State University at East Liverpool. (A copy may be sent to the OCAT Program Director) "Non-remedial courses in which students have earned a "C" or better at an accredited school will be considered for transfer." (University Catalog) The OCAT Program Director will also review the transcripts to determine which credits meet Program requirements.

  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:

    • Results of ACT, SAT or Accuplacer and Aleks assessment scores
    • Completion of all prescribed developmental coursework.
    • Evidence of a completed bachelor's degree.
    • Arrangements to take the Accuplacer and Aleks 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 Accuplacer and Aleks 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. Submit a completed Application for Admission form to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. (Form is included in this packet). Please note that admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a separate process from admission to the University and requires a separate application.
  5. Completion of high school biology or college biology (BSCI 10001 meets this requirement) with a letter grade of "C" or better.
  6. Completion of MATH 00021 or a non-remedial Kent Core Math Critical Reasoning course with a letter grade of "C" or better.
  7. Completion of BCSI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health successfully with a letter grade of "C" or better or be enrolled in this course during the summer semester to be eligible for the fall start.
  8. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 for 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. 
  9. Complete two (2) observation experiences at facilities with Occupational Therapy of your choice (with a minimum of 8 hours at each site totaling at least 16 hours). If using one site with two different departments, the supervisor must also be different. Submit each Observation Hours Verification 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 Verification Form (PDF)  We understand that many of our prospective applicants are having challenges completing the required 16 observation hours required to apply to the program. If you have not completed all traditional observation hours, please contact Nina at immediately for a required alternate assignment due by the application deadline. If possible, please complete the alternate assignment prior to starting the application so you can answer all pertinent questions.

  10. Completion of Writing Sample.
  11. The OTA program utilizes web-enhanced courses and offers online courses. 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.

Enrollment in the OTA Program is limited to 25 students each year. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the OTA Program.

Important note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.