Occupational Therapy Assistant
Home  >  Academics  >  Majors and Programs  >  Occupational Therapy Assistant  >  Admission Requirements  


Special Admisisons Requirements/Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate good physical endurance and good health. Sufficient physical strength is required for lifting and moving the human patient in a clinical setting.

  • Additional required skills for a clinical setting include: visual observation of patients and clients in treatment sessions; manipulation and handling of therapy equipment; and ability to demonstrate cognitive skills relative to problem solving, clinical reasoning and handling stress.
  • Applicants should have an 80 percent or above high school average.
  • Inter-curriculum or college transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Applicants will comply with the college's math and English competency requirement, as well as complete developmental course-work prior to admission into the program.
  • Submit a formal, typed document addressing the following: Describe your research of the field of O.T. by describing the roles and responsibilities of an OT assistant in two areas of practice; describe your plan for balancing your personal life and academic responsibilities to optimize your ability to be successful in this rigorous program of study; describe your personal attributes, accomplishments, and experiences you believe will contribute most to your effectiveness and success as an OTA; and explain your reasons for entering the field at the OTA level.
  • Complete 15 hours of observation or volunteering or shadowing or working in an OT clinic. Provide a signed certificate of completion in a sealed facility envelope, or a signed letter of completion on facility letterhead in a sealed envelope.

Did You Know?

ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.


For emergency closings and announcements, call 716-851-1111. © 2010 Erie Community College. All rights reserved.