Application Process


Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Process

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Occupational Therapy Assistant FAQ. If you need additional help with the application process, please contact us.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
  • The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is open to all students. A health science background is not required to apply.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.
  • New students are accepted into the OTA program in the Fall only.
  • Applications will be accepted September 1 – May 31
  • If the deadline ends on a weekend, the due date will end on the next business day.

To view the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree plan, click here.

Use the following steps as a checklist before you continue to the next section “How to Apply.”

  1. Complete the program-required immunizations and retain a copy of your immunization form.
  2. Review the mandatory online Information Session, then print and keep a copy of the post-test confirmation email. A face-to-face session is recommended in addition to the online information session.
  3. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum 2.5 GPA*:
    • ENGL 1301: English Composition I
    • PSYC 2314: Human Growth and Development (Must cover conception to end of life. Must must be within 7 years of the application date)
    • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology (Must be within 7 years of the application date)
    • BIOL 2404: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 can both be used to substitute for BIOL 2404. The anatomy and physiology requirement must be within 7 years of the application date.)
    • If any prerequisite courses expire in the semester prior to an application deadline, they will be accepted for the Occupational Therapy program. The application deadline is always in the Spring semester, so if a prerequisite course expires in the Fall, it will be accepted.
    • Prerequisites may be in progress but must be completed by the end of the Spring semester for that application year. If courses are in progress, include a note on your application. For courses not taken at ACC, a transcript is required for your application to be processed.
  4. The 2 co-requisites below may be taken prior to the start of the program; however, they are not required as part of the application. If they are completed, bonus points will be assigned on your application. If co-requisites are to be included in your application, these must be completed by the end of the Spring semester. If courses are in progress, include a note on your application. Course substitutions may be reviewed by Department Chair.
    • SPCH 1318: Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 1311 accepted if focus is for Health Sciences)
    • PHIL 2306: Ethics
  5. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer experience with a licensed OTR or OTA within two years of the application date. Students must keep track of hours on the Observation/Volunteer Record form.**
  6. Complete only three Work Skills Assessment forms to submit with your application. One must be completed by the licensed OTR or COTA that supervised the volunteer experience. The other two must be completed by an individual who has professional experience with the applicant (employer, instructor, or supervisor). The Work Skills Assessments must be sealed and signed across the seal by the individual completing it.**
  7. Complete the “Student Reflection” located on the OTA program application (see “How to Apply” below).
  8. Complete the ATI TEAS, Allied Health version after completion of prerequisite courses.** The test must be completed within the last two years of the application deadline. Detailed instructions for how to download the correct score report for uploading into CastleBranch for your application can be found here. Listed below are resources to aid in preparing for the ATI TEAS examination:
  9. Obtain official, sealed transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
  10. During the application period (see “Deadline” above), go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  11. Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30. Re-applicants do not need to re-upload immunizations (unless your Tdap has expired).
  12. All applicants and re-applicants must input code UL73im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following application documents:
    • Information Session post-test confirmation email
    • Observation/Volunteer Record form
    • Student Reflection with all questions answered
    • ATI TEAS exam results
  13. Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before your application will be accepted.

* Please note that a “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking. For example, if you submitted a transcript with all P’s, you would have a GPA of 0. For questions regarding choosing a “P” versus a performance grade (A,B,C) please contact the department chair Amy Anderson at amy.anderson@austincc.edu.

** For the Spring 2020 application cycle, as it is difficult for students to complete their volunteer hours due to the Coronavirus, the volunteer hours and WorkSkills Assessment requirements will be waived for this application cycle only. As well, due to the decreased accessibility of the TEAS test, this requirement, too, will be waived for this application cycle only. The application student reflection essay is still required but has been edited due to removing the requirement for volunteer hours. If you have previously submitted your application, please resubmit only the student reflection essay portion again with the new prompts as outlined in the application form.

  1. After completing the steps above for CastleBranch (green checks = clearance), download and complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant program application:
  2. Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.

For the Spring 2020 application cycle only, due to the Coronavirus and its effects on accessibility of volunteer sites and TEAS testing sites, the selection criteria are as follows:  

  • Academic GPA of prerequisites and completed co-requisites: 80%
  • Student Reflective Essay: 20%
  • Bonus points are given for completion of any co-requisites.

Provisional  Admission Information

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or lenloe@austincc.edu.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Updates

  • TEAS Exam Waived through Spring 2021

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the TEAS exam is waived for Spring 2021, and applications will be accepted at this time without a TEAS exam score.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only

    Due to COVID-19, and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.

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  • OTA Program Application Requirements Amended

    As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some requirements for applying to the OTA program have changed. Please review the Application Process page and note updates in red text that may affect your application.

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