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We're taking applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Don't wait! Secure a spot before our inaugural class if full. 

Are you starting college for the first time? Click here (link to application)

Are you a transfer student and have completed most or all prerequisite courses? Click here to apply to the OTA program using OTACAS.

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 24-28 months to complete.

The first year is comprised of two semesters of general education and prerequisite courses. After you have completed these two semesters of courses, either at Union or somewhere else, you can apply to the OTA program and take the final two semesters of OTA coursework and 16 weeks of clinical fieldwork.

Our first OTA cohort is scheduled to launch in Fall 2019, but you can apply to Union now to start any prerequisites you may need to complete. All prerequisite classes are required to be completed prior to starting any core OTA class with exception of Abnormal Psychology and two credits of art or music. These classes will be taken concurrently in the first semester of Core OTA coursework.  Graduation for our first OTA students would be in December of 2020.

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. Complete the full application on OTACAS.

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

Resume

Extra credit

Interviews

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 $350 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 (click the item for more info).

1. Meet program-specific academic eligibility.

2. Complete community service requirements.