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
Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:
Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.
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
Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.
Phase I Admissions Process
Apply for admission.
- Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
Applicants not meeting the program's basic skill competencies requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.
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.
Complete one year of the following courses, or one semester of a college-level comparable course, with a "C" grade or higher with the exception of biology courses which require grade of a “B -” or higher.
- Math (algebra or geometry)
Proof of completion of a total of 24 observation hours with a licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant at three different clinical sites (example: outpatient, hospital inpatient, home health, or long-term care), eight hours per site, and two different settings. Pre-Admission Observation Hours form [pdf].
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
To be considered for Phase II acceptance, applicants must complete and submit the OTA Program Phase II Application packet [pdf].
Printed application packets are available outside of Health Education and Services Center 208.
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.
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.
We accept approximately 20 students into Phase II each Summer Semester. Applicants will be accepted based on the initial date of their completed Phase II applicant file.
Applications need to be submitted by December 1 to be considered for the upcoming fall, Phase II, of the OTA Program.
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.
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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