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Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant Admissions Requirements

Interested in applying to our Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program? Learn more about our admissions requirements, so you can apply and start a rewarding career as an OTA in just 20 months.

Ameritech College of Healthcare Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is offered exclusively at our Draper campus. You will learn everything you need to know to pass the national certification exam and enter the OTA field with an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Here are some of our admissions requirements:

Every applicant to Ameritech must meet the following basic requirements to be considered for admission:

• Submit completed application form
• Pay any applicable fees
• Make satisfactory arrangements to cover the cost of education
• Provide official proof of high school graduation or equivalency
• Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended if requesting evaluation of transfer credit prior to the first week of the start of the program
• Be able to communicate effectively in English
• Successfully pass a qualifying entrance examination(s), when required
• Satisfactorily pass a background screen and/or drug screen prior to the start of classes, when required
• Pass the Distance Education Readiness Assessment (DERA)

Certain programs may require prerequisite skills or knowledge specific to entry-level courses required for that major, additional entrance requirements, academic requirements, and procedures. Programs may be accredited by professional or technical organizations that may require certain minimum standards for entrance into a program in that field. To learn more, prospective students should refer to program-specific requirements listed in this Catalog.

Acceptable evidence includes a valid and verifiable:

• High School Diploma, from an accredited institution

Applicants who received their high school diploma in another country are required to submit their official high school transcripts to a foreign credentialing evaluation service. The prospective student’s evaluation must be received by the Ameritech Registrar before the student can be fully admitted and enrolled in classes. The evaluation should be completed by an evaluation agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (

Ameritech College of Healthcare believes that the enrollment of qualified students contributes to the overall success of the education process. Background screens, drug screens, and reference checks serve as important parts of the admissions process. At Ameritech, background screens, drug screens, and reference checks are conducted on every student applicant.

This process is conducted to verify the accuracy of the information provided by the applicant. The following verifications may be conducted:

1. Social Security Number Verification
2. Criminal Convictions (applicable federal, state and/or county/local records)
3. Sexual Offender and Predator Registry
4. Applicable State Medicaid Exclusion List
5. GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs
6. OIG List of Excluded Individuals

• An applicant who fails to pass a background screen, drug screen, and/or reference check may not be admitted to the College, at the College’s discretion
• An applicant may not be admitted if the criminal history report indicates a conviction of either a felony classification or misdemeanor within the past seven (7) years unless there are mitigating circumstances
• Admission to the College or any of its programs does not guarantee that an individual will be eligible for employment or licensure. Employers and licensing agencies may have more restrictive requirements, and it is the student’s responsibility to review licensing and employment eligibility standards

Information obtained from the background screening, drug screening, and reference check process will be kept strictly confidential. Only approved personnel at Ameritech will have access to this information.

Ameritech may release information obtained from background screening, drug screening, and reference checks to clinical providers in relation to the applicant’s participation at clinical facilities. The College will ensure that all background screens, drug screens, and reference checks are conducted in compliance with all federal, state, county, and local statutes, as applicable.


The Distance Education Readiness Assessment or DERA is a required assessment for acceptance into all degree-level programs.


Applicants to the OTA program are administered the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). A minimum passing score of 60% cumulative, with a minimum score of 60% on the Reading section, is required for admission. The exam may be taken three times in a 12-month period. Passing exam scores are valid for one year from the date administered. Results from exams proctored at approved institutions within the past 12 months may be accepted.

Newly admitted students, regardless of program, are required to participate in mandatory program orientation. Students who do not participate in mandatory program orientation may lose their spot in the semester in which they wish to start and may need to reapply for the next available semester.

Financial arrangements must be complete by the end of the first week of classes. If all financial obligations are not met by the end of the first week of classes, students may lose their spot in the semester in which they wish to start and may need to reapply for the next available semester.

For more information about Financial Aid, see the section on Financial Aid in this Catalog and our Financial Aid Information Guide.

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While Ameritech has grown substantially over the last 30 years, we have remained true to our original vision. Over the past several decades, thousands of graduates have chosen Ameritech to assist them with their career transition into a variety of healthcare fields.

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After expanding into online education in 2009, Ameritech now offers a flexible, advanced degree options for registered nurses nationwide who wish to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) or their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). In addition to our ASN, BSN, and MSN programs, Ameritech offers an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

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