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Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Process


I understand that in order to submit an application to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Rockland Community College I must:

  • Be accepted at Rockland Community College.
  • Complete the English Assessment and Math Assessment. There are no exceptions to taking these placement exams.
  • Attend an OTA Program Information/Orientation Meeting.
  • Pass the HIPAA Test. This test is given on the first Monday of each month.
  • Complete the mandatory observation requirement as outlined by the OTA Program.
  • Complete the observation report as outlined by the OTA Program.
  • Obtain 2 recommendations in sealed envelopes.
  • Obtain a Valid Health Clearance Form from Records & Registration.
  • Complete the required OTA Writing Sample. This form is included in the application.
  • Obtain an RCC transfer credit evaluation, if applicable.
  • Obtain RCC verification of prior degree, if applicable.
  • Obtain an RCC transcript and/or schedule, if applicable.
  • Obtain a grade of C or higher in BIO 110 (Anatomy & Physiology I).


I understand that applications are reviewed and students are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications will be considered for acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Any incomplete applications will be returned to the student before being considered for acceptance.


Program Policies

English & Mathematics Requirements:

  1. Before enrolling in occupational therapy concentration courses, all students must take the English and mathematics assessments given by the College to identify academic areas that require strengthening and to provide for enrollment in appropriate support courses. There are no exceptions from the mathematics and English assessments.
  2. Depending upon the level of support services needed, students may be required to enroll in ENG 095, 096, and/or ENG 101, and/or MAT 065. 101E/048E
  3. Students who have completed ENG 101, ENG 102 with a grade lower than C must repeat the course/s along with any other support courses needed, based on the results of their English Assessment, prior to enrollment in occupational therapy concentration courses.
  4. Students who place into ENG 101 International must successfully complete this course as well as ENG 102 International, before they can begin occupational therapy concentration courses. Similarly, students in College Skills and English as a Second Language must wait until they complete ENG 102 International or ENG 102, if that is their subsequent placement, before they can begin occupational therapy concentration courses.


A grade of C is the minimum passing grade for all Liberal Arts courses in the occupational therapy curriculum. All OTA courses in the curriculum require a final grade of C+ or better. Re-taking an OCC course requires a final grade of at least a B-.

If a student fails two courses with the OCC designation or fails the same OCC course twice, the student will be counseled out of the program.

If a student is counseled out of the occupational therapy program they will not be considered for reentry sooner than one year. Prior to reentry the student must successfully pass the current final exams of each occupational therapy course they previously passed if they want those credits to be accepted for the current program.

All occupational therapy concentration courses, (courses designated OCC) excluding Level II Fieldwork must be completed within eight semesters. Level II fieldwork must be completed in 18 months following completion of academic coursework.


All students must be advised by the OTA Program chair (or designee) in order to register for any OTA course(s). Any student who registers for courses without advisement may be counseled out of the program.


The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator arranges all Level I and Level II fieldwork placements. Students must refer any inquiries, concerns, or comments to the Coordinator and not the clinical site directly.

Level I fieldwork is part of a final grade earned for the OTA course. Any fieldwork not successfully completed will result in a failure for that course.

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