OTA Program Specific Information


OTA Process for Entry into OTA Cohorts and Limited Enrollment Courses

A maximum of thirty (30) students per year may begin the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program's limited enrollment courses. The following selection procedure will be used:

  1. Students who have successfully completed the prerequisites for cohort eligibility will be placed on the wait list. The wait list date will be determined by the date the student completed the prerequisites for limited enrollment courses then by GPA.
  2. Transcripts will be reviewed for regular admissions at the end of each Fall Semester. Fifteen (15) students will be accepted and notified in January for the upcoming Fall.
  3. Transcripts will be reviewed for Accelerated Admissions for Academic Achievement (AAAA) at the end of each Spring Semester. All students on the wait list with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a minimum score of 55 in each category on the TEAS will be audited. Accelerated Admissions is a point-based competitive process (See Accelerated Admissions packet)
  4. There are currently more eligible students than there are positions in the cohort on an annual basis. Students can expect a delay starting the limited enrollment courses after eligibility has been achieved.
  5. Eligibility requirements for entry to limited enrollment courses periodically change. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain contact with the OTA office to remain current on the requirements.
  6. It is recommended that students meet with a Health Science Academic Advisor to plan a course of study.

Transfer of Courses into the OTA Program

Students requesting credit for previous coursework must submit an official transcript from the educational institution to the Office of Student Records.

  • An academic advisor will review all submitted transcripts and set course equivalencies, according to State regulated standards, for all previous non-OTA coursework.
  • Any course that is listed as equivalent to a course within the OTA curriculum will be accepted as completed.
  • The director of the OTA Department will assess any OTA courses the student is requesting transferred. Documentation must be provided of each course description, course content and a syllabus. A transferred course must have 75% of the same content to be considered as a substitution for a course within Sinclair’s OTA program.
  • The total content of all OTA courses will be considered in the transfer advising. If it is determined that a student is lacking in a particular content area a specific learning contract may be established to allow the student to complete the content. This contract will be part of a written transfer agreement into the OTA program.
  • Introduction to OTA (OTA 1111) must be within five (5) years.
  • Biology courses must be within five (5) years.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be placed on the eligibility/wait list for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program/cohort:

  • Completion of 3 prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
    • BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I
    • OTA 1111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Overall TEAS score of 50
  • Science TEAS score of 50
  • English TEAS score of 50
  • Reading TEAS score of 50

**Any student who is placed on the eligibility list/wait prior to 8/22/16 will be grandfathered in under the old requirements and maintain your position.

The following are minimum requirements for students to be audited for Accelerated Admission for Academic Achievement (AAAA):

  • Completion of 3 prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
    • BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I
    • OTA 1111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Overall TEAS score of 55
  • Science TEAS score of 55
  • English TEAS score of 55
  • Reading TEAS score of 55

Students may take the TEAS two times for consideration for AAAA.

OTA Program Estimated Costs

*All requirements are subject to change and all costs are approximate

  • Tuition Cost and Fee Schedule: Varies
  • Textbooks/supplies:
    • Required textbooks - $1000
    • Optional textbooks - $500
    • Tools/miscellaneous lab supplies required - $120
  • Mandatory Medical Costs: Sources outside of Sinclair. Costs will vary depending on student’s healthcare provider and insurance.

    Physician’s office visit prior to program entry to check health status. Required immunizations/vaccinations must be kept current while in program:
    • TB/Mantoux (tine not acceptable) – required annually
    • MMR (titer acceptable)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria – required every ten years
    • Hepatitis B (titer acceptable)
    • Varicella/chicken pox (titer acceptable)
    • Influenza – required annually
  • Mandatory CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers: Cost varies. Sources outside of Sinclair. Required every two years and must be kept current while in program.
  • Mandatory Background Check: Cost varies. BCI or BCI/FBI required annually while in program.
  • Drug Screen: (if required by student’s fieldwork placement) Cost varies.
  • Fieldwork Other: Varies
    Additional expenses not listed may be incurred with the student’s fieldwork placement, including travel costs to/from site (up to 70 miles from Sinclair Downtown)
  • OTA Certification and Licensure Fees: Varies
    To view current fees associated with certification and licensure go to http://otptat.ohio.gov/FeeListing.aspx

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