Apply to Occupational Therapy Assistant Technical Study

Find out more about our Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program and discover why you belong here!


Application Instructions

In order to be eligible for the OCAT Class of 2023, which begins Fall 2021, students must complete all program admission requirements and submit the application form and essay by April 1, 2021.  Acceptance into the program is a selective process, as outlined in the program's information packet. 

Applications are now closed for the current year

Application Status

To confirm that your application has been received please contact Kathy Swoboda, 330-382-7456

Application Information

Application Information Packet  Observation Form

Essay Instructions

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

  • Discuss a client/patient you observed during your observation hours and describe the impact OT had on that individual.
Before you attempt the online application, please make sure you have read the Application Information Packet and have completed your essay. Please only complete the application one time.

Essays will be accepted in Microsoft Word or as a PDF file.

* Important Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or obtain state licensure.


Because this continues to be an on-going issue and things change from day to day, please note that these dates are ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE. You may contact the OTA Program Director Kathy Swoboda at or OTA Program Advisor Nina Sullivan at with any questions you may have.

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.

***PLEASE NOTE…NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 15, 2020 with all forms due at that time.

Other Dates: Please note that ALL dates are SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  • May 20, 2020 - Review all submitted OTA applications
  • May 22, 2020 - Final decisions on admissions into the OTA Program at East Liverpool
  • May 26, 2020 - All applicants will receive determination emails / letters
  • May 27, 2020 - Register for summer session of A&P I, if needed
  • Summer 2020 - New student orientation (date TBD)

Fall Courses Begin: August 27, 2020