Admission Criteria

JCC is a full opportunity college. However, admission to the OTA program is selective and limited to assure that the number of students enrolled in the program is commensurate with available instructional and clinical resources. Admissions requirements for OTA applicants include:

Academic Performance

  • high school average of 85% or better;
  • applicants with a GED will be accepted into the math/science degree program until a college grade point average is established. With an established GPA, students can apply and be considered for the OTA program;
  • currently enrolled JCC students or transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • successful completion of high school chemistry, CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry, or CHE 1530: Allied Health Chemistry;
  • applicants must have ENG 1530: English Composition II eligibility.

Application Procedures

In addition to submitting an application to the college, students interested in the OTA program must also apply for acceptance into the OTA program by completing and mailing the OTA program application. Please note: 

  • Applications received by February 15 will take priority. Applications will continue to be reviewed after February 15 until program is full.
  • High school transcript and/or college transcripts from all institutions other than JCC must be filed in the admissions office prior to acceptance consideration.
  • Math and English placement tests must be completed.
  • After acceptance into the program, but before enrollment, students will need to submit 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.

OTA Applicants With College Credits

A point system will be applied for those applicants who meet admissions requirements based upon courses completed toward the OTA program and who meet the GPA requirement.  To receive points, an applicant must have completed the courses and cannot be currently enrolled in the courses. Unless already on file, supporting documentation for all points, including transcripts, is required at the time of application submission.

All points will be reviewed prior to acceptance by the admissions office.  Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission into the OTA program.  A greater number of points improves the applicant's chances of being 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
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
MOT 1410: Medical Terminology A=3 B=2 C=1
SPA 7505: Spanish for the Health Care Professional A=3 B=2 C=1
Involvement in civic engagement 2 points

OTA Applicants Without College Credit

Applicants without college credit (first time freshmen) will be evaluated for admission using the criteria of rank in their high school class and overall grade point average.

Policy for 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.

Criminal Background Check and Clearance

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 and attend clinical fieldwork experiences at specific agencies, as well as register for the certification exam.

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