The OTA Program has established Essential Requirements, 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.
Neatly type all information requested on OTA Program Application Form. It must be printed, SIGNED, and included in your application packet.
You are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours observation, volunteer or work experience in two different occupational therapy settings (10 hours each) under the supervision of two different licensed OT/OTAs. If unfamiliar with OT facilities in the area, you may elect to contact a suggested OTA observation site to request an observation opportunity.
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:
Use the Prerequisite Course Verification Form 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.
Letters must describe the professional behaviors and work ethic of the applicant. Letters must be on professional letter head with the writer’s original signature. Family members may not submit letters.
If you are a transfer student, official copies of your transcript(s) must be received by the BPCC admissions office and be accessible in the BPCC “system” by the application deadline date (April 15th) in order for your packet to be considered.
If you completed pre-OTA (qualification) coursework at another institution, you must include an OFFICIAL transcript from that college in your OTA program application packet. If you completed all coursework at BPCC, you are not required to do this. The submission of the OFFICIAL transcript (for those who attended another school) will ensure the most current, complete listing of course grades will be evaluated. 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).
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.
The 20 students selected into the OTA program each year will be required to adhere to additional Program Requirements. 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.