Application Requirements

General Admission Requirements to the BSOTA Program (Pre-OTA: 51.1107):

The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (BSOTA) Program is a limited admission 120-credit hour degree program. All inquiries about the BSOTA program admission guidelines are to be directed to the Admissions Office.

  1. Meet all admission requirements to Webber International University as a degree-seeking student with all required admission documents received by the Admissions Office. No application is considered until all necessary Webber admission documentation (application to Webber, high school transcripts, college transcripts if applicable, residency paperwork, etc.) has been received and processed by the Admissions Office. Selection of students admitted to the University is based upon the credentials submitted by the applicant. The University will carefully consider all applicants who submit their applications and credentials.
  2. Applicants interested in pursuing the BSOTA degree may select “Pre-OTA” when declaring their major.
  3. Sign and upload the Essential Requirements Form when declaring your “Pre-OTA” major. This document describes the essential physical, mental, and emotional abilities that an applicant needs to have to successfully perform the roles, tasks, and responsibilities of an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  4. The acceptance and evaluation of credit for transfer is based on various factors, including: the level, content, quality, comparability, and degree program relevance of the proposed transfer credits; the institution’s accreditation; and assessment of course equivalency through evaluation of the transcript. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited institutions for appropriate courses which will pertain to the declared degree at Webber International University. Specific general education and Health Services Administration courses that are prerequisites for the OTA Program and considered for transfer, must have a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Applicants will be notified of their admission status upon receipt of all required forms and information.

 

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the national certification exam and attain state licensure. Students with a history of felonies and who are considering entering an occupational therapy educational program can have their background reviewed by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) prior to actually applying to the program by requesting an Early Determination Review at https://www.nbcot.org/Students/Services. The fee for this review is $225.

Admission Requirements for Core Component of BSOTA Program (OTA – 51.0803):

  1. Each applicant must first be admitted to the University and meet all general admission requirements.
  2. Completion of required general education and Health Services Administration courses with minimum of “C” for each course; however, a minimum of “B” in BSC205C Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BSC206C Human Anatomy & Physiology II is required, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (at least 60 credit hours completed).
  3. Completion of AT LEAST 24 hours of observation of occupational therapy services by the time of application to the Program. Observation hours must be documented on the Observation Hours Form. This form and instructions on how to complete it are posted in the OTA Program Website.
  4. Completion of OTA Program Application Form. (Coming Soon)
  5. A resume must be uploaded (as PDF file) when applying to the program. The resume is to include employment history and/or volunteer service in health care or community-based settings.
  6. Submit and upload an updated Essential Requirements Form.
  7. Two seats will be reserved in each cohort for qualified Veterans who meet all the guidelines listed above. Applicants must meet with the Coordinator of Veteran Services to determine Veteran eligibility before applying. The deadline to claim the seats is October 31 if applying for the spring term, and June 30 if applying for the fall term. Unassigned seats will be released to general admission applicants. Visit the Veterans Education Benefits page to view detailed information.
  8. The Program will operate on a rolling admission plan and will accept applications on a first-come-first-qualified basis if space is available. Documents received after August 9 may not be acceptable for any given fall term. Documents received after October 31 may not be acceptable for any given spring term.
  9. If all 24 seats for any given class are assigned, the remaining applicants will be placed on the roster for the next cohort available and will receive notification of her/his admission status.

After Acceptance:

  1. Completion of the following requirements no later than the first day of class and documentation submitted directly to the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator:
    • Physical examination – Cannot be older than one year. Please complete the Physical Exam Form.
    • Completion of all immunization and communicable disease screenings, including:
    • Two-Step Tuberculosis PPD
    • Tetanus vaccination or booster within the last 5 years
    • MMR vaccine (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) or an MMR titer
    • Varicella titer
    • Hepatitis B vaccination (optional but recommended).
    • Certification in CPR (current)
    • Certification in AIDS/HIV precautions (4 hours)
    • Background check – A background check containing misdemeanor and/or felony conviction(s) related to violence or abuse are grounds for rescinding your admission into the program.
    • Fingerprinting
    • Drug screening test (10 panel) – This test must be within 30 days PRIOR to the starting date of the program. Screening tests not complying with this guideline will not be accepted and your admission into the program will be rescinded.

These admission requirements need to be updated by students every year.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the national certification exam and attain state licensure. Students with a history of felonies and who are considering entering an occupational therapy educational program can have their background reviewed by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) prior to actually applying to the program by requesting an Early Determination Review at https://www.nbcot.org/Students/Services. The fee for this review is $225.

Graduation Requirements:

To graduate as a Baccalaureate Occupational Therapy Assistant, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all the requirements of the didactic (106 credits), and the fieldwork component (14 credits) of the curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • The core component of the curriculum must be completed within a period of 3.5 years.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors considered acceptable by faculty and fieldwork supervisors and in accordance with regulations of Webber International University and the Baccalaureate OTA Program.

Please view the Accreditation Status page for the current status of the program.