Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Admission Requirements

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Hawkeye is considered a 1+1 model. Students must complete separate admissions processes for Phase I and Phase II.

Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
19 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
42 - Algebra
38 - Reading
40 - Writing
40 - Elementary Algebra
90 - Reading
98 - Sentence Skills
103 - Arithmetic OR
97 - Elementary Algebra

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT063 Elementary Algebra

Option 3

Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.

Phase I Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission.

  2. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants not meeting the program's basic skill competencies requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

    2. Applicants meeting the program's basic skill competencies requirements will be considered Occupational Therapy Assistant Wait students and will be able to take Phase I courses.

      Being a "Wait" student does not guarantee Phase II acceptance.

Phase II Program Entrance Requirements

Before applying to Phase II of the program, applicants must complete the following requirements.

  1. Complete one year of the following courses, or one semester of a college-level comparable course, with a "C" grade or higher.

    • Math (algebra or geometry)
    • Biology
    • English
  2. Proof of completion of a total of 24 observation hours with a licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant at three different clinical sites (eight hours per site) and two different settings.

    Observations must include at least three different types of facilities (example: outpatient, hospital inpatient, home health, or long-term care).

    Arranging observations is the responsibility of the student.

    Document the observations on the Pre-Admission Observation Hours form [pdf]. Return the form with your Phase II application. Applications will not be considered until observation hours are complete.

  3. At least 15 credits of Phase I coursework must be completed with the required cumulative GPA and individual course grades prior to applying for Phase II of the program.

Phase II Admissions Process

  1. To be considered for Phase II acceptance, applicants must have completed all of the following:

    1. Phase I Admissions Process
    2. Phase II program entrance requirements
    3. Phase II OTA Program Application Packet.

      You can get your Phase II application packet:

  2. After the completed application is received by the program, a review of the application will be completed and if accepted, the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will conduct interviews with perspective students prior to acceptance into the Phase II.

  3. Phase II program applicants will continue with Phase II of the program as openings are assigned. Students will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance via their Hawkeye email.

  4. We accept approximately 20 students into Phase II each Fall Semester. Applicants will be accepted based on the initial date of their completed Phase II applicant file.

  5. Applications need to be submitted by May 1 to be considered for the upcoming fall, Phase II, of the OTA Program.

  6. On receiving notification of acceptance into Phase II of the OTA Program, the applicant has one week from the letter date to confirm acceptance into the program by contacting either the OTA Program Director or Cindy Koehn, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

    Please be advised that the seat of any student who fails to confirm acceptance during the time period will be offered to the next student on the list. In this case, the student will need to begin the application process again.

  7. If necessary alternates will be contacted, based on the date the Phase II program applicant file was completed, to fill unconfirmed positions in the program.

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Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

Angela McHone
Health Education and Services Center 208B
319-296-2329 ext.1255
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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