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 December 1 – June 1
  • 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. Activate your ACC email account. All correspondence regarding your application will be sent to your ACC email address. For information on how to set up your ACC email account, please see this page.
  2. Complete the program-required immunizations and retain a copy of your immunization form.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 (Course substitution would require completion of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 in order to cover all systems covered in BIOL 2404.  Completion of this course(s) must be within 7 years.)
    • 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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 formThis requirement is waived for the Fall 2022 application period.
  7. Send an email to Karoline Gebert at gebert@austincc.edu with the subject line “Work Skills Assessment Request”.  In the body of your email, include the name and email address of a person with whom you have a professional relationship and can/will verify your work skills (employer, instructor, supervisor).  Be sure to “cc:” the person you are referring to so they are aware of your request.  Karoline will send your reference person the Work Skills Assessment Form which they will complete and submit to the college.  You are responsible for ensuring that the reference person completes the form.
  8. Complete the “Student Reflection” located on the OTA program application (see “How to Apply” below).
  9. All applicants must complete the TEAS Exam (Allied Health version). For information on how to schedule your TEAS Exam through an ACC testing center, click here. You may also choose to schedule your TEAS Exam online or at a PSA testing center. The exam must be completed within the last two years of the application deadline. Listed below are resources to aid in preparing for the TEAS Exam:
  10. Obtain and submit with your application an official scanned copy of your transcript for any coursework done outside of ACC (even if transcripts have already been submitted to the college). Failure to submit a transcript for coursework outside of ACC will delay acceptance of your application.
  11. During the application period (see “Deadline” above), go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  12. 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).
  13. 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 (waived for Fall 2022 application period, requirement will be waived in CastleBranch after application is received)
    • Student Reflection with all questions answered
    • TEAS Individual Performance Profile
  14. 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.
  1. After completing the steps above for CastleBranch (green checks = clearance), download and complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant program application:
    • Application for first time applicants (will be posted in January 2022)
    • Application for re-applicants (must include updated transcripts with courses completed since previous application) (will be posted in January 2022)
  2. Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.
  • Academic GPA of prerequisites and completed co-requisites: 45%
  • Student Reflective Essay: 15%
  • TEAS Exam score: 20%
  • Work Skills Assessments: 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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