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Occupational Therapy Assistant Admissions Requirements

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
  • Meet with a member of the Financial Aid Department and 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
  • 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
  • Pass the Distance Education Readiness Assessment (DERA)


Certain programs may require 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. Other programs may require prerequisite skills or knowledge specific to entry-level courses required for that major. To learn more, prospective students should refer to program-specific requirements listed in the College Catalog.


Acceptable evidence includes:

  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • Signed attestation of high school graduation or GED completion
  • College degree from an accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.


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. This information is collected as a means of obtaining additional applicant-related information that helps determine an applicant’s overall qualifications and ensure the protection of the current people, property, and information of the organization.

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.


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.


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


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 term.


Financial arrangements must be complete by the end of the second week of classes. Students whose financial arrangements are not complete by the end of the second week of classes are not guaranteed a spot in the term in which they wish to start and may need to reapply for the next available term. For more information about Financial Aid, see the section on Financial Aid in the College Catalog.

For more information related to our admissions requirements, please download our College Catalog.

Ameritech's Occupational Therapy Assistant Workshop

Considering a career in occupational therapy? Join us for a free workshop to see if occupational therapy and Ameritech College are right for you!

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Meet our OTA Program Director Loriann Helgeson and Fieldwork Coordinator Michelle Richards, explore Ameritech campus and learn about tools and resources that will help you be successful. Our Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be there to answer your questions.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Ameritech Draper Campus

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