Occupational Therapy Assistant - Admissions Process

Associates of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant - Admissions Process

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Admission and acceptance into LCNE’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Associate Degree program is a competitive process and only a limited number of students will be accepted into the program for each 16-week term.

The following procedures shall be followed by all prospective applicants seeking admission to the OTA program. It is imperative that the steps be followed and that all application procedures are completed by the deadline.
To be eligible for admission in the full-time program beginning fall 2017, an applicant must submit the following credentials to the designated office by the deadline date:

STEP 1:  Complete LCNE College Admissions Requirements

  • Apply for general admission to Lincoln College of New England by completing the online application found at http://www.lincolncollegene.edu/admissions-application.  Should you prefer a paper application, you may obtain one at the Admissions Office located on campus.
  • Submit a copy of your high school or GED transcript to the Admissions Office by July 1st, 2017.  Transcripts from postsecondary institutions previously attended are required for transfer of credit.

STEP 2:  Complete Program Application Requirements. An applicant must have a LCNE student ID number assigned before applying to the program.

  • Apply to the OTA program by completing the program application (paper) by July 1st, 2017.  
  • Applications can be obtained by visiting the Admissions Office. A new application is required each year.

STEP 3:  Complete Pre-Entrance Exam Requirements.

  • Register online to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Allied Health.  To register, visit https://www.atitesting.com/solutions/pre-program/teas.aspx.  An applicant will be able to view instructions, test dates, and registration deadlines, and to access the test registration link. Please read the instructions carefully before registering. This test measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.  No other test may be substituted for this requirement.  
  • You can also schedule to take the TEAS for Allied Health by contacting the OTA Admissions Representative.  The OTA Admissions Representative will schedule a date and time for you to take the TEAS at the LCNE campus.
  • Earn a minimum score on each on reading comprehension and math sections as established by the college.
  • Additional information regarding the TEAS requirement:
    • The college will accept the TEAS V if taken at LCNE or an ATI approved testing site within the last year.
    • If you would like previous ATI TEAS or TEAS V scores to be considered, you will need to submit an official transcript of your score from ATI.
    • Test scores are valid for one academic year; however, a new program application must be completed each year and submitted by the required deadline.
    • Applicants are limited to two (2) attempts within a year.
    • Test scores must be brought or sent to LCNE Office of Admissions by deadline set forth.

STEP 4:  Complete OTA Observation Requirements.

  • Identify site, obtain permission, and complete OTA site observation with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant to complete at least 8 hours of observation.
    • Possible settings include hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, school systems, and pediatric clinics.
  • The applicant is responsible for making contacts & arrangements.
  • Observations should be completed no more than 1 year prior to application submission.
  • Observations will be verified using the observation logs (attached).  
  • Observation logs should be fully completed and include the clinician’s signature.

STEP 5:  Complete OTA Program Interview Requirements.

  • Schedule an interview with OTA program committee. Interviews will be conducted by the OTA program committee from July 3rd to July 19th, 2017. The importance of the therapist-patient relationship is an essential element of the mission and philosophy of the OTA program. The OTA faculty members know that an effective therapist-patient relationship is the key to establishing and reaching successful patient outcomes in OT. Face-to-face interviews provide insight into the applicant’s ability to relate to and communicate effectively with others.

STEP 6:  Admissions Selection Process.
The selection of applicants is based on the stated admissions criteria. Rank ordering of applicants for admissions consideration will be made on the basis of total points earned. Applicants that earn the highest total points and complete the admissions criteria by the program deadline will be selected. Ties will be broken by the highest score achieved on the ATI TEAS for Allied Health exam.
Up to 20 of the top-scoring applicants will be admitted to the OTA program. A list of accepted applicants will be developed by July 21st, 2017. Accepted applicants will be informed of admission into the program by the Admissions Office  via email and will have seven (7) days from the date emailed to return the acceptance form. Should an accepted applicant choose not to enter the class, the next applicant in the rank order will be notified of acceptance.
If an applicant is accepted into the program and chooses not to enter the term in which they applied, any future admission must be by re-application. All applicants must complete a new application each term they wish to be considered for entrance into the OTA program.