OTA Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements reflect the structure of the program as a four-year bachelor of science. Students who have demonstrated successful completion of the following courses in high school tend to be most successful with completing the rigorous academic requirements of an occupational therapy academic program:

• 2 yrs of math
• 1 year of Biology
• 1 year of Chemistry
• Physics strongly recommended
• Word Processing

In addition, recommended admission requirements include

• SAT scores (combined) at least 1080  (ACT score 18
• High school average of at least 82 percent
• High school rank in the upper half of the class

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at SAU requires a separate application to the Professional Phase of the BSOTA Program. 

A student MUST successfully complete all foundational courses, after which, the applicant is eligible for application and admission to the professional phase of the BSOTA Program, which contains the clinical courses offered during the third and fourth years of this degree.

Students must meet minimum application requirements and complete an “Intent to Apply” by declaring Pre-OTA status during the first semesters of the foundational phase

Admission Requirements


Pre-OTA Status – Foundational Phase (First Year)

Admission Requirements


Core OTA Program – Professional Phase (Last 3 Years)

  • Admission to SAU
  • Sign BSOTA program disclosure and declare your major as Pre-OTA
  • Complete all the general education courses with a “c” or higher
  • Complete courses required for the minor in HSA with a “C” or higher
  • Complete Anatomy & Physiology I & II with a “B” or higher
  • Review the Essential requirements Form available from the BSOTA Program Website
  • GPA: 2.75 or higher at the time of application to the Core Program
  • Complete at least 24 hours of observation of occupational therapy services by
    the time of application to the Core Program
  • Complete the application package available in the BSOTA Program website
    and submit to program director by the designated deadline
  • Personal Statement (supplementary essay)
  • Seats assigned on a first-come-first-qualified basis