Application Packet Instructions for Spring 2014

  • Deadline for submission (hand-delivery or postmark date) – April 15
  • Transfer students: Deadline to apply to BPCC and request official transcripts to be sent to BPCC Admissions Office - April 15
  • The following documents should be completed, placed in a sealed single large envelope, and addressed to:

Bossier Parish Community College
Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Attn: OTA Program Selection Committee
6220 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, LA 71111

  1. Signed Essential Requirements FormPDF File
  2. Completed and Signed Application FormPDF File
  3. Official Transcripts (not required if all pre-OTA (qualification) coursework is from BPCC or accessible in BPCC System-See detailed instructions below)
  4. Typed narrative summary of clinical observation experiences.
  5. Prerequisite Course Verification Form
  6. Academic Rating Request Form (See detailed instructions below)
  7. Transfer students must provide a copy of official transcripts from all previously attended institutions in application packet. (This is in addition to official transcript(s) sent to the BPCC Admissions Office.

Additional Requirements:

Two Clinical Observation Rating Forms completed and signed by the OTs or OTAs with whom you completed the required 20 hours observation. (See detailed instructions below)

*Applicants are encouraged to complete the application requirements and submit forms as early as possible. If the packet due date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.

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Transfer students must complete requestsPDF File for official transcripts to be sent to the BPCC Admissions Office from all previously attended institutions by April 15.

Transfer students must include a copy of official transcripts from all previously attended institutions in application packet.

Essential Requirements

The OTA Program has established Essential Requirements,PDF File identifying occupational-specific technical standards required of students in the program. Please print, read and Sign this document and include it in your application packet. If you have questions or concerns related to your ability to meet these described requirements, please contact your academic advisor.

Application Form

Neatly type all information requested on OTA Program Application Form.PDF File It must be printed, SIGNED, and included in your application packet.

Clinical Observation Rating Form

You are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation in two different occupational therapy settings under the supervision of two different licensed OT/OTAs. The experiences must take place within the current year.

  • Plan ahead and start early – These observation experiences should be scheduled to take place beginning in the fall semester and should be completed and submitted by April 15 of the year in which you plan to apply.
  • Observation hours are honored for one year
  • Please inquire about the dress at each facility prior to arrival.
  • Print one Clinical Observation Rating FormPDF File for each OT/OTA you observed (2 forms minimum) prior to observation experience. After your observation experience is complete, give them the form along with an ADDRESSED and STAMPED envelope.
  • You should address the envelope to:

    Bossier Parish Community College
    Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
    Attn: OTA Program Selection Committee
    6220 E. Texas St.
    Bossier City, LA 71111
  • The OT/OTA should be asked to complete the form (including contact information), seal it in the provided envelope, sign across the seal and mail directly to the college at the address above.
  • Observation forms completed by an OT practitioner who is a family member of the applicant will not be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the OT or OTA completing the forms so that they are mailed with a postmark date of no later than the April 15th deadline.

Clinical Observation Narrative Summary

Students must independently complete one typed narrative summary of OT observation and submit with application. Narrative should be limited to one page with a minimum of 300 words, double spaced in 12 point font. Narrative should include:

  • Overview of types of diagnoses observed
  • Overview of treatments observed
  • Discussion of most interesting and least interesting components of experience
  • Discussion of your goals and reasons for pursuing occupational therapy assistant as a career choice

Prerequisite Course Verification Form

Use the Prerequisite Course Verification FormPDF File to document each course you have taken (including when, where and the grade you earned for each attempt). The applicant must pay careful attention to and follow explicitly the directions for completion/submission of this document outlined on the bottom of the form. Failure to complete/submit the form following those instructions may result in disqualification of the application packet.

Academic Rating Request Form

All ALHT 109 instructors at BPCC complete and archive Academic Rating Forms at the end of each semester for each student in the class. This rating form is an evaluation by the course instructor of the student in the areas of attitude, time management, attendance, critical thinking, integrity, quality of work, and oral communication.

The Academic Rating Request FormPDF File you are required to complete and submit as part of your application packet is your documentation of the instructor and semester in which you completed ALHT 109 at BPCC. Following the instructions on the Academic Rating Request Form, print, complete and submit this form to Ms Tonia Sharp in B148 prior to April 15, so that the Academic Rating Form completed by your ALHT 109 instructor may be retrieved and received by the OTA Program Selection Committee by the May 1.

If you took ALHT 109 prior to the FALL OF 2012, you must contact an OTA Program advisor for alternate instructions.

If you are planning to take ALHT 109 in the summer “B” (June) session of 2014, you must contact an OTA Program advisor for alternate instructions.

Official Transcripts/Other Institutions

Transfer students must apply to BPCC by April 15. You must request official copies of your transcript(s) from all previously attended institutions to be sent to the BPCC Admissions Office by April 15. Official transcript(s) must also be included in your application packet in order for your packet to be considered.

The inclusion of official transcripts in the application packet will NOT be forwarded to the BPCC’s Admissions Department. For more information on how to officially transfer transcripts to BPCC for admission to the School contact BPCC’s Admissions Department (318-678-6004).

If you are a current BPCC student and all previous coursework/transcripts from other institutions have been submitted to the BPCC Admissions Office and are accessible within the BPCC system, or if you completed all coursework at BPCC, you are not required to include official copies of your transcript within your application packet.

Every OTA qualification course attempted will be evaluated. In some instances (when it would improve your score) a higher level course may be substituted for a lower level prerequisite. Check with an OTA advisor if you have questions about whether this applies to you.

Program Student Disclosure of Clinical Requirements

The 20 students selected into the OTA program each year will be required to adhere to additional Program Requirements.PDF File These requirements include providing additional documentation, completing additional immunizations/tests and following additional policies/procedures unique to Allied Health Programs with a clinical component. It is the responsibility of the selected student to (a) complete/fulfill the listed requirements and (b) cover the costs of those requirements. Students will be notified upon selection into OTA program which procedures to follow and what documentation to provide.