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Finish your occupational therapy assistant degree in two years (only one if you have finished the prerequisites).

The Union College occupational therapy assistant program is an associate’s degree that will take five semesters to complete.

After you have completed one semester of prerequisite courses, you can apply to the OTA program while finishing the second semester of prerequisites—then take the final four semesters of OTA coursework and 16 weeks of fieldwork.

Our first OTA cohort is scheduled to launch in spring of 2020. Graduation for our first OTA students would then be in the spring of 2021.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants, administered by the national board for certification in occupational therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Check out the admission requirements for Union's OTA degree program.

Admission requirements

To be accepted into the Union College occupational therapy assistant program, students must meet the following requirements (click the item to see more info):

1. Fill out the Union College application for admission.

2. Meet the academic and observation criteria.

3. Meet minimum grade requirements.

4. Submit the required documents.

Learn more about how we rank applicants.

Scoring and Ranking

Scoring is based on a weighted calculation of the applicant's academic performance, written essay, resume scoring and extra credit.

Academic performance

Written essay


Extra credit


What happens once you're accepted to the OTA program?

Steps after acceptance to the program

Attend informational session—Attendance is required. Information about this session will be included with the applicant's acceptance letter.

Submit program deposit—A non-refundable fee of $200 is required once admission to the program has been granted. This fee holds your program seat and is credited to your program fee at the start of the first semester of OTAC classes.  

Background and drug test—Details on how to complete this requirement will be included in the applicant's acceptance letter.   

Keep your grades up to ensure you'll be successful.

Maintaining good academic standing

An applicant must remain current with the OTA program pathway. All general education courses must be completed prior to beginning any OTAC classes with the exception of PSYC 415 and one course in art or music. These classes will be taken concurrently with the first year of OTAC coursework.

To meet program-specific academic eligibility, you must:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale
  • Achieve a minimum grade of a “B” in BIOL 111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I