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Occupational Therapy Assistant Application

Beginning Fall 2018, the OTA program will be competitive entry. Please contact Student Services for addition information (208) 282-2622.

 

Program Application -

The Application documents for Fall 2019 will be updated during the Fall 2018 semester. Please check back to ensure you have the correct forms for your application. Keep in mind, the OTA application opens mid-November and closes mid-March; we will only accept application materials during this time.

 

Common questions about the application process

Question: Can I still apply even though I have not completed my prerequisite classes?

Answer: The application is a competitive process. Generally, we would not accept an application unless all prerequisite classes are completed. However, since this is a new program, we encourage you to apply anyway and complete a petition to be considered while prerequisite classes are in progress with the expectation that they are completed prior to the start of the program, the classes are passed, and you understand this does not guarantee a spot in the program. Tiffany Elsberry will help you with this process.


Question: What if I am currently enrolled in a preference class(es) this spring semester? Can I take credit for them on the application?

Answer: Generally, no, points are not awarded to courses that have not been completed by the Application submission deadline. However, please identify which preference classes you are currently enrolled in on your application as this is a new program and we understand that some qualified applicants may not have completed these courses prior to the deadline for submission. In that case, a petition can be filed to have this requirement waived with the understanding that your spot in the program is not guaranteed. Tiffany Elsberry with student services can help with this process,


Question: How do I submit my application?

Answer: The OTA Application is an online Google form located on the OTA homepage under the OTA Application tab. You can hand deliver your additional documents to Students Services in the College of Technology (Building #48), or mail them in to the following address:

College of Technology
Student Services – OTA Application
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID. 83209-8380
Attention: Tiffany Elsberry


Question: Do I need to submit all of the components of the application (Application, Letters of Recommendation, Observation Hours Documentation, Handwritten Essay forms) together, at the same time?

Answer: It is recommended that you submit all the components together to ensure articles are not lost in the mailing process. You can submit the various components separately, but make sure to follow-up with student services to ensure that correspondence has been received.



Letters of Recommendation:

Question: Who can complete my Application Reference Forms?

Answer: The OTA Program requires (2) Application References: The Application References can be completed by any of the following persons: OT, OTA, Healthcare Provider, Professor, Instructor, Advisor or Employer. There should be no familial relation between the student and person providing the reference.


 

Question: Is there a specific format that should be used for the attached Letters of Recommendation to the Application Reference Form?

Answer: Yes, the person you have chosen to complete the Application Reference can also attach an optional letter of recommendation to the form. The attached letter should be submitted in 12 point font, single spaced and be a maximum length of 2 pages. Both the Application Reference form and attached written letter of recommendation must be placed in an envelope with your name on it. The person who completed the Application Reference Form and Letter of Recommendation should seal the envelope containing the two documents and sign over the closure.


 

Question: How do I submit my Letters of Recommendation?

Answer: The Application Reference forms are located on the OTA homepage under the OTA Application tab. You can hand deliver your Application Reference forms to Students Services in the College of Technology (Building #48), or mail it to the following address:

College of Technology
Student Services – OTA Application
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID. 83209-8380
Attention: Tiffany Elsberry



Observation hours:

Question: How do I submit proof of my Observation hours?

Answer: Forms used to document Observation hours are located on the OTA homepage under the OTA Application tab. You can hand deliver your application to Students Services in the College of Technology (Building #48), or mail it to the following address:

College of Technology
Student Services – OTA Application
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID. 83209-8380
Attention: Tiffany Elsberry

Please note, there are TWO options for observation hours.

OPTION 1: Take Intro to Occupational Therapy OTPT 2209, completing it successfully AND 8 hours of observation.

OPTION 2:  16 hours of observation, consisting of at least 8 hours of observation in a minimum of 2 different settings/facilities.


 

Question: What if I applied to the PTA program last year and have 40 hours of observation and I now want to apply to the OTA program. Do I need to have more observation hours?

Answer: Yes, you would need to follow the options listed above. Since OTA is very different in many ways from PTA, it is important that you see OTA specifically to truly understand the differences and similarities.


 

Question: Is there a requirement for what paper we use for the Handwritten Student Essay?

Answer: There is not a required type of paper to use, but we recommend notebook paper to ensure your handwriting is legible and meets the page requirement. This handwritten essay can be mailed or hand delivered to the Student Services office along with the additional forms. 


 

 

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