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Admission Requirements and Procedures

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A completed application through TouroApply
  • A completed Supplemental Application which can also be found through TouroApply
  • $50 application fee
  • A written personal statement
  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate and score sheet
  • Official transcripts of all college-level coursework
  • A minimum of 35 hours of volunteer service in an occupational therapy setting or multiple occupational therapy settings (supporting documentation must be provided)
  • Two recommendations on the form provided in the Supplemental Application; one of which must be from an occupational therapy practitioner
  • For applicants who have not already taken college-level English or Mathematics, Touro College proficiency exams in English and Mathematics are required
  • Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores with the application for admission
  • An interview
  • For international students, additional testing may be required

Decisions on admission are made by a committee of OTA faculty, and are based on an assessment of the applicant’s past academic performance, potential for success in the profession, as well as an understanding of and commitment to the profession of occupational therapy and the role of the occupational therapy assistant.

The program begins annually in the fall; students may begin enrollment in the program in the Fall semester only.

For the class entering Fall 2015, the deadline for receipt of the application with all accompanying documentation is May 1, 2015.

The deadline for early decision is December 1, 2014.

Individuals with a past criminal record should contact credentialing agencies directly prior to commencing the OTA Program to ensure that practicing as an OTA will be possible after graduation.

The program comprises five semesters, including summer sessions. The last five months of the program are spent in full-time fieldwork placements; this Level II fieldwork is divided into two distinct experiences, nine weeks each at two clinical sites. All semesters are scheduled for a minimum of 12 credit hours to allow eligibility for student financial aid.

Selected courses utilize innovative learning modalities such as distance learning and the addition of web-based tools.

For application and further information regarding the OTA Program at Touro College, please call or write:

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Touro College School of Health Sciences
27 West 23rd Street.
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 866-TOURO4U
Email: enrollhealth@touro.edu