Admission Requirements

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

The requirements for admission to the OTA Program are listed below.  ALL requirements must be fulfilled, and evidence of completion submitted any time prior to April 30, 2022, for admission in Fall Semester 2022. Failure to submit ALL admission requirements may 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 OTA Program a total of two (2) times.

1.    Complete and submit the Kent State University admission application found at When you choose a regional campus (East Liverpool), the application fee will be waived.

2.    ALL final and official high school and college transcripts must be sent to Kent State University at East Liverpool, Student Services Office, 400 E. Fourth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920.

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:
a.    Results of ACT, SAT or KSU placement assessment scores
b.    Completion of all prescribed developmental coursework
c.    Evidence of a completed bachelor’s degree

Arrangements to take the placement 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 tests as soon as possible to allow time to complete any recommended coursework prior to the selection deadline. Contact the program director/advisor for specific information about completion of developmental coursework.

4.    Schedule an appointment with the OTA Program Advisor by contacting Nina Sullivan, at 330-382-7457 or email The program advisor will assist you in completing the admission requirements for the OTA program, answer questions about the admission process, and meet with you each semester throughout your time in the program.

5.    Complete and submit the OTA Program application for admission. Please note that admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical study program is a separate process from university admission (#1) and requires a separate application.  There is no fee to apply to the OTA Program. The OTA application will be available at… on February 15, 2022.

6.    The following prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the program:

  • Completion of high school biology or college biology with a letter grade of “C” or better (BSCI 10001 meets this requirement)
  • Completion of MATH 00021 or a non-remedial Kent Core Math/Critical Reasoning course with a letter grade of “C”
  • 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
  • Completion of 16 hours of observation experiences at Occupational Therapy facilities of your choice. The 16 hours must be completed in a minimum of two different facilities (minimum of 8 hours at each site). Complete and submit an OT observation form for each facility as part of the application process. 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 2 years from date of completion.
    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.
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BSCI 11010, ATTR 25057, BSCI 21010) 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.

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 Canvas (online course platform) coursework. To be successful in online courses and avoid technical issues, it is recommended that you use Mozilla Firefox as your primary Internet browser. 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.