OTA Process for Entry into OTA Cohorts and Limited Enrollment Courses

Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA). The following information outlines the 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 requirements for cohort eligibility (i.e., qualify to begin to limited enrollment courses) will be placed on the eligibility waiting list.
  2. The eligibility date will be determined by the date the student completed the requirements for limited enrollment courses.
  3. For regular admissions, students that complete their requirements on the same date will be ranked according to GPA.  (This does not apply to accelerated admissions students)
  4. Transcripts of students on the eligibility waiting list will be reviewed for regular selection at the end of Fall Semester. Fifteen (15) students and two alternates will be chosen and notified in January for the upcoming Fall.
  5. Transcripts will be reviewed for Accelerated Admissions for Academic Achievement (AAAA) at the end of Spring Semester. (See Accelerated Admissions attachment.) Fifteen (15) applicants and two alternates will be selected based on the AAAA. Guidelines and notified in June for the upcoming Fall.
  6. A student is not eligible for enrollment to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program if the student has demonstrated unethical behavior that violates the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If a student accepts a position into the OTA cohort and limited enrollment courses additional paperwork is required. The student will submit the following documentation: personal health history, immunizations, CPR and criminal background check.  An enrollment package with forms and details will be supplied.
    If a position as an alternate is offered, the student has the option to accept the position as an alternate or accept a position for the following academic year. The student is strongly advised to complete all of the enrollment paperwork.

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 counselor 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.
  • Sociology and psychology courses may not be more than 10 years old.
Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.