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OTA: Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Why Choose St. Andrew’s University?

  • Enter as a freshman and gain direct admission into the OTA program
  • Enjoy small classes, labs and seminars where you receive personalized attention from faculty
  • Faculty bring real life clinical experience into your classes to help you reach your career goals and aspirations
  • Enhance your critical thinking skills with a liberal arts education. The curriculum is designed to combine coursework in the arts, humanities and sciences in addition to
    your occupational therapy professional studies.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. The unique nature of the program includes rich interprofessional experiences so that you
    can expand your intellectual skills and stand out as an expert clinician in the field.
  • Students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically and are more engaged on campus.
  • Join a dynamic pre-professional degree program that has diverse career opportunities and high career placement rates

Notice to Prospective Students

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 2 Years)

Admission Requirements


Core OTA Program – Professional Phase (Last 2 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

Estimated Program Costs and Fees

Current Cost BSOTA Program


2020 – 2022

BSOTA Program


2022 – 2024

Tuition 56, 088.90 59, 504.70
Books 2, 131.50 2, 261.32
Fees 2, 030 2, 153.63
OTA program additional Fee (Core only) 1, 000
Room & Board* – freshman, sophomores’, juniors required (includes double room standard residence hall, 23 meals/week, fees) 20, 909 10,927.27*
Admissions Deposit 300
Science Laboratory Fee, per course $49 100 150
Student Health Insurance* (Adjusted Annually for Cost) 4, 250 4, 250
Graduation Fee 300

Illustration based on a 3% increase annually, however fees are subject to change.

*Off-campus, transfer and commuter students may apply for exemptions/room and board credit

Specific BSOTA Program Costs

Criminal Background Check, Drug Screen, Immunization Tracker – $105
Physical – $100
OTA Program Uniform – $150
Name Tag – $5
Drug screen recheck as required by specific sites – $40
Background recheck as required by specific sites – $25
Student OTA Membership – $75/year
CPR/BLS Certification – $75
Professional Liability Insurance (per school year) – $20


Financial Assistance & Scholarships

The institution provides financial assistance to students who demonstrate academic and co-curricular merit and financial need to assist them and their families in meeting the cost of attendance. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid early in their Institutional choice process by calling 910-277-5778 or by email at

The goal of all institutional financial assistance programs is to help academically qualified students benefit from the educational programs. Most financial assistance is determined by a combination of the student’s academic and co- curricular records and financial need. Students who demonstrate exceptional academic or athletic ability may qualify for certain academic or athletic scholarships and grants regardless of demonstrated financial need. Financial assistance can be a combination of institutional funds, state & federal funds, grants, scholarships, work-study, and other loans.

Comprehensive Scholarship awards are available for all incoming students.  Examples of scholarship awards include:

  • In State & Out of State Academic Scholarships
  • Graduate School Alumnae Scholarships
  • Transfer Student Scholarships
  • Pre-OTA (for students assigned to the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 core only)
  • Equestrian Competitive Scholarships
  • Equestrian Club Scholarships
  • Honors Scholarship
  • HOSA
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Therapeutic Horsmanship

Click here for a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities or speak to your admissions counselor regarding financial assistance.

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