Become an occupational therapy assistant now!
Remember we keep the class size small, and we don’t want you to lose out on having the chance to be part of the Class of 2022.
Click here to apply if you have already taken prerequisites and are ready to apply for the Union OTA program.
If you are just starting college and need to enroll in the full two-year associate program, click here for Union College's admission application.
Check out the admission requirements for Union's OTA degree program.
1. Fill out the Union College application for admission.
Click here to begin. Once you fill out the general college application, you will be contacted to supply additional information.
2. Meet the academic and observation criteria.
- GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Complete a minimum of 10 observation hours at two or more facilities.
- Hours must be documented on official Union College tracking forms and signed by the supervising therapist.
Download the tracking sheet.
3. Meet minimum grade requirements for pre-requisite courses.
The following courses are program pre-requisites and minimal grade requirements are considered during the application process. You must complete each of these requirements with a grade of a "C" or above:
- BIOL 111: Anatomy & Physiology,
- HHPT 256: Medical Terminology,
- MATH 111: College Algebra, or higher,
- ENG 110: Writing for a General Audience, or equivalent.
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.
Points are awarded based on pre-requisite grades and GPA. You must achieve a minimum of a “C” in all pre-requisite courses as indicated above.
The written essay is scored by all committee members. The individual scores are then averaged to calculate the final points awarded. Please aim for 500 words or more. (See rubric.)
Essay prompt: “Why have you chosen to pursue a career as an OTA and why is this profession meaningful to you?”
Additional consideration may be given for relevant coursework or work experience. Such experience might include, but is not limited to: AP courses, work experience in a healthcare related field, or previous college experience or completed degrees. Please include relevant experiences on your resume in order for it to be considered during the application review process.
All applicants must complete an interview with Union College OTA faculty—either in person or by video conference.
What happens once you're accepted to the OTA program?
Steps after acceptance to the program
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.
Attend orientation session—Attendance is required. Information about this session will be included with the applicant's acceptance letter.
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
Once accepted into the OTA program, students are expected to meet criteria for maintaining good academic standing. This includes:
- Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
- Achieving a minimum grade of “C” in all OTA program courses
- Progressing through OTA courses as outlined in the Union College Bulletin. Students may petition the sequence based upon the College petition policy when appropriate.