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Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical study program are listed below.  ALL of these requirements must be fulfilled, and evidence of their completion submitted by March 1, 2016, for admission in Summer Semester (May) 2016.  Failure to submit ALL admission requirements will exclude the applicant from consideration for admission.  Admission is based on comparative evaluation of the applicants' credentials as they relate to academic achievement. 

1.    Complete and submit the Kent State University admission application with the  application fee.  The application can be accessed at:

2.    ALL high school and college transcripts must be sent to:  Kent State University at Ashtabula, Admissions Office, 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula, OH  44004.     

3.      Prior to acceptance into the OTA program, applicants must demonstrate competence for college level coursework for reading, mathematics, and writing. This can be met by one of the following:

        A.  Results of ACT, SAT or COMPASS assessment scores.

        B.  Completion of all prescribed developmental coursework.

        C.  Evidence of a completed bachelor's degree.

Arrangements to take the COMPASS tests can be made by calling the general office of the campus where you wish to take the tests.  It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the test results so that you are aware of what course work (if any) was recommended by your test scores.  It is advisable that you take the COMPASS as soon as possible, to allow time to take the recommended course work prior to the selection deadline. Contact the program director/advisor and/or enrollment manager for specific information about completion of developmental coursework.

4.    Schedule an appointment with the OCAT Program advisor by contacting the department secretary, Theresa Hootman, at 440-964-4252 or email The advisor will assist you in completing the requirements needed for admission into the OCAT Program, answer questions about the admission process, and meet with you each semester to assist you in scheduling your classes.

5.    Complete and submit the OCAT Program application for admission. Please note that admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant technical study program is a separate process from admission to the University and requires a separate application.  There is no additional fee to apply to the OCAT Program.  The OCAT application will be available at after approximately January 1, 2016. 

6.    The following prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the program:

  • Completion of high school biology or college biology (BSCI 10001 meets this requirement) with a letter grade of 'C' or better.  
  • Completion of MATH 00022 or a non-remedial college math course with a letter grade of 'C' or better. 
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 from your last scholastic experience is required to apply to the program, and you must maintain a 2.0 to remain in the program.  To qualify as a scholastic experience, at least six credit hours of related coursework must have been completed at that institution.
  • Complete two (2) observation experiences at Occupational Therapy facilities of your choice (with a minimum of 20 hours at each site) totaling at least 40 hours.  Submit each Occupational Therapy Observation Form to the OT or OTA supervising your observation experience to be completed.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact an Occupational Therapy department to arrange for this observation.  It is advisable to start your Occupational Therapy experience as soon as possible to be sure you are making the correct career choice for yourself. Observation forms are valid for up to 5 years from date of completion.
  • Applicants must have either successfully completed BSCI 11010—Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health OR be enrolled in this course during the spring semester by the application deadline to be eligible for the summer start.
  • Applicants must possess basic computer skills and access to the internet.  Portions of OCAT courses incorporate the use of technology and some OCAT courses may be offered in a distance learning format.