Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What's the first step to apply?

First, you must be enrolled at ACC. Please see this page for information about how to get started.

How are bonus points awarded in the selection process?

Applicants with completed course work will have additional bonus points added to their ranking score. The following courses are eligible for bonus points:

SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications

  • A = 1 bonus point
  • B = .75 bonus point
  • C = .50 bonus points

PHIL 2306 Ethics

  • A = 1 bonus point
  • B = .75 bonus point
  • C = .50 bonus point

Does the OTA Program schedule Information Sessions for prospective students?

Yes. The OTA program requires attendance at an Information Session as part of the application process. There are regularly scheduled Information Sessions during the Fall and Spring semesters. While a face-to-face Information Session is recommended, students have the option of completing the OTA Information Session online.

Is a waiting list maintained for the OTA Program?

Based on the past five years (2013-2017), the average number of applicants was 85 of which we accepted 20. The program does not maintain waiting lists. Students that applied and did not gain admission into the program and want consideration for admission the following year must submit a new application. No additional consideration is given to the number of times an applicant has applied to the program.

How much time is recommended for study purposes?

Students in the OTA course of study should expect to spend at least 12-18 hours per week for study time in addition to class time.

What is the class schedule like?

The general schedule is as follows:

First Year

  • Fall Semester: morning, afternoon, and late afternoon/evening classes. One class is offered in a hybrid (online and classroom) format.
  • Spring Semester: all day
  • Summer Semester: all day

Second Year

  • Fall Semester: morning and afternoon classes, clinical 96 hours
  • Spring Semester: afternoon to early evening during the 1st half of semester, 8 week courses;  clinical 320 hours beginning after spring break, M-F for 8 weeks
  • Summer Semester: clinical 320 hours and an on-line course

Class schedules may change without notice because of our reliance on adjunct faculty and clinicians with expertise in specific patient care areas.

Where are the clinical education sites located?

All students must successfully complete clinical rotations as part of the requirement for graduation from the OTA Program. All students complete these rotations within the ACC service district. All students are expected to arrange their own transportation to the clinics as assigned.

Is there a required uniform for clinicals?

OTA students are required to wear khaki pants, a solid colored polo shirt, and closed toed shoes when in clinics. Other facilities, such as hospitals, may require specific-colored scrubs. ID badges will be obtained through the college. Additional ID badges may be required per facility.

Are tattoos or facial piercing allowed?

No facial piercings are allowed and all tattoos must be covered during lab check-offs and practicums. No facial piercings and all tattoos must also be covered for all fieldwork and community experiential learning activities.

Will jobs be available when I graduate?

While we cannot predict the job market with 100% accuracy, sources indicate considerable growth in OTA jobs. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Therapy Assistants rank 15th among the top 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S.

What is the salary for an OTA?

Generally speaking, OTAs earn 75-80% of what a OT earns. A reasonable expectation for a new graduate can be between $38,000 and $48,000/year based on full-time employment. Please keep in mind that pay scales vary depending on the setting, and because Austin is a favorable place to live, salaries are generally lower than in other parts of Texas. Graduates who are willing to relocate can expect higher starting salaries. Salaries for Texas OTAs can be found on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Page.

Is there a licensure exam required to practice when I graduate?

Licensure is required in the State of Texas under the provisions of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act and must be obtained through successful completion of a national exam before the candidate may practice Occupational Therapy. The procedure for obtaining licensure as an Occupational Therapist Assistant in Texas will be distributed during the last semester of enrollment. Licensure requirements vary in other states and students should speak with the program faculty for assistance with this information.

What are the OTA Program's graduate statistics?

Our program’s statistics and outcomes can be found on the OTA home page.

What is a competitive TEAS Score and GPA?

The TEAS was added to the admission criteria in 2016. The program does not require a minimum TEAS score. Your score is only compared to your applicant pool so the higher the score, the better. The following table gives the average TEAS scores for the past two classes.

2018 TEAS Avg. 78.0%
2017 TEAS Avg. 80.0%
2016 TEAS Avg. 80.4%

The minimum GPA requirement for applying is a 2.8. However, a higher GPA improves your chances of acceptance into the program. The following table gives the average GPA for the past three classes.

2018 GPA Avg. 3.9
2017 GPA Avg. 3.9
2016 GPA Avg. 3.9

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