OTA Admissions

Admission criteria

You will apply to the occupational therapy assistant program in a separate application in addition to Jamestown Community College's general application. Admission to the OTA program is selective. The OTA application features a point system for completed college courses including courses that are not required for the degree, but are extremely helpful in preparing you for the rigor of the OTA program.

Academic requirements:
  • High school average of 85% or better, and/or college GPA of 2.5 or better (if you have a GED, you will enter a math/science degree program until you establish a college GPA)
  • Successful completion of high school chemistry, CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry, or CHE 1530: Allied Health Chemistry
  • Eligibility for ENG 1510 without college support courses
If you have college credits:

A point system will be used if you meet admissions requirements based on courses completed toward the OTA program. You must have fully completed the courses and are not currently enrolled in the ones you want to count. Don’t forget to include your transcripts for these courses in your application!

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission to the OTA program, but a greater number of points improves your opportunity to be selected.

Course Grade and Points
ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language A=3 B=2 C=1
BIO 1510: Health Science A=3 B=2 C=1
BIO 2510: Anatomy & Physiology I A=3 B=2 C=1
CMM 1610: Public Speaking A=3 B=2 C=1
HIT 1410: Medical Terminology A=3 B=2 C=1
LIB 1500 and LIB 1600: Electronic Library Resources
(Both courses must be taken. A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved in both courses to get points.)
C or higher=2
SPA 7505: Spanish for the Health Care Professional A=3 B=2 C=1
Involvement in civic engagement 2 points
If you do not have college credits:

If you do not have college credit (first time freshmen), you will be evaluated for admission using the criteria of rank in your high school class and overall grade point average.

How to apply

  1. Apply to JCC »
  2. Apply to the OTA program »
    Applications for the fall 2019 semester are closed. The application to the OTA program for fall 2020 will be available soon.
    Applications received by February 15 will take priority. Applications will be reviewed after February 15 until the program is full.
  3. Submit your high school and/or college transcripts from all other institutions other than JCC. They must be filed with Admissions before you’ll be considered for acceptance to the OTA program.
  4. After acceptance into the program, but before enrollment, submit your health and physical records, including proof of required immunizations, to JCC’s health center. All physicals must be completed by the occupational health physician provided through JCC.
  5. Complete your math and English placement tests, as well as any additional next steps.

More information

Skill sets expected of OTA students

You will be expected to perform the following skill sets (cognitive, physical/motor, sensory, behavioral) as an OTA student. You may contact Accessibility Services to discuss accommodations and/or auxiliary aids. JCC will provide reasonable accommodations but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program.

Download the PDF and sign the declaration »

Criminal background check and clearances

Requests by health care agencies for criminal background checks on OTA students are becoming more common. OTA students may be required, at their own expense, to complete drug testing and a child abuse background check and/or a state or federal background check before beginning OTA courses and Level I and Level II clinical placements. Inability to obtain a satisfactory clearance can jeopardize a student’s ability to successfully complete course requirements (i.e.: Level I and Level II fieldwork), as well as register for the national certification exam. Passage of the national certification exam is required to practice occupational therapy in the United States.

Readmission to the OTA program

A student seeking readmission may enter the OTA program according to the following criteria:

  • Each student must apply for readmission through the director of admissions at the Jamestown Campus. Admission criteria must be fulfilled.
  • Any readmitted student who has withdrawn from the program for a period greater than three years will be given credit for OTA 1510 only, providing a grade of "C" or higher was obtained. The student will be required to complete all other OTA courses in sequence.
  • A student will be permitted to repeat each OTA course one time. If the student is unsuccessful in repeating any OTA course, he/she is ineligible to continue in the OTA program.
  • A student seeking readmission into the OTA program will be considered on the basis of the space availability and a grade point average of at least 2.5.
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