The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program considers for admission those applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional potential essential for successful completion of the program. Completion of general education courses does not guarantee admittance, the OTA program Admissions Committee reviews all completed application packets. Admission into this program is competitive, therefore all requirements must be met. Interested individuals are advised to complete their application as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application Steps and Admission requirementsStep 1
Enroll in Parker University and begin taking relevant Occupational Therapy Assistant program pre-professional phase requirements. Admission to Parker University does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
Please note: Students who do not meet the coursework will not be allowed to progress to the core OTA curriculum. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required pre-professional courses. If a student earns a grade of a “D” or “F”, he or she must repeat the pre-professional course to be eligible for admission into the professional sequence of the OTA program. If the student wishes to repeat a course to continue his/her program of study, he/she will be required to go through the re-entry process as outlined in the Parker University catalog.Step 2
Submit proof of all immunization requirements before applying for OTA program admission.
A completed immunization form is due at the time you apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program (professional phase) admission. Students enrolling in the OTA program must have completed the immunization series. Students without proof of completed immunizations will not be allowed to continue into the program. No exceptions.
- Completed Hepatitis B Series
- Information on vaccination requirements and exemptions can be located on the Registrar’s webpage of the Parker University website HERE.
Please note: Clinical Fieldwork sites have the right to refuse students who have asked for exemptions from immunizations for personal or religious reasons. These cases will be handled individually.
- Step 3
Submit Observation Hours Verification form when applying for OTA program admission. Applicants must complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation within an Occupational Therapy practice setting with an OTR or COTA to be considered for admission to the OTA program and submit a completed Parker University Observation Hours Verification Form with the application.
Please Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange this experience. Students who do not meet the volunteer requirements will not be allowed to progress to the core OTA curriculum.
- Step 4
Complete and submit the online OTA program Application. Read and sign all program acknowledgment and disclosure forms found HERE.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program currently accepts applications and will schedule interviews all year round. The OTA online application and all required documentation must be submitted before or by the Final Application due date for the desired semester start.
Each applicant will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance within one month of the application submission and interview. If an application for a desired cohort or semester start is received after the final application due date or the desired cohort is full, then the application will be considered for the following cohort or semester start. Incomplete applications, and/or requirements will NOT be accepted.
|Final Application Due Date||Professional Phase Semester|
|March 15||Summer – May|
|July 15||Fall – September|