Occupational Therapy Assistant – Prerequisites
Prerequisites: The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a selective admission, college-level program. Students must have successfully completed specific requirements prior to application, including:
- high school or college cumulative grade point average of 2.5
- minimum placement test scores or successful completion of specific courses
- successful completion of “Intro to Biology” or Biology 111 within the last five years
- completion of eight hours of observation with an OT or OTA, and submission of the OTA observation form
All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic coursework.
Please Note: Credits earned in STLCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS program generally do not transfer to occupational therapy master’s degree programs. The curriculum for an OTA degree is distinctly different from the curriculum for an OT degree. OTA focuses on technical skills and knowledge, while the OT degree emphasizes theory, research, and management. In addition, the OT degree is an entry-level master’s degree. In most cases, a student would need to complete a bachelor’s degree before beginning an OT degree program.
Also: STLCC’s OTA program requires students to obtain fieldwork experience as part of their coursework. Hospitals and facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check (at the student’s expense) be conducted prior to placement in the field setting. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the fieldwork experience, thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the program requirements.