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PROGRAM ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Apply to the OTA Program. Click Application Information on the left for application materials or call or e-mail the OTA department at: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, WNMU, PO Box 680, Silver City, NM 88062, phone (575) 538-6442.

 

Arrange for transcripts from high school and other colleges be sent to both the WNMU Admissions Office and the OTA Program as soon as possible.

 

Once applications are received, the OTA Program reviews them for minimum requirements to be Provisionally admitted to the Program. Those requirements are:

 

  1. Placement into or completion of English 101;
  2. High school biology and algebra or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better;
  3. Document a minimum G.P.A. of 2.7 on high school transcript or on university transcript if the student has 15 or more college credits.

 

Upon confirmation of the above stated minimum requirements, up to 25 students are Provisionally admitted for the fall semester of classes. Review of applications begins after May 15 and continues until the 25 slots are filled. Provisional semester class requirements include: BIOL 254/256, ENGL 101, PSY 102, OTA 155, and OTA 160.

 

Upon completion of the Provisional semester requirement with a 2.7 G.P.A. or better, the student is officially admitted to the program.

 

Occupational Therapy Assistant courses may be taken by students admitted into the Program or with special permission from the Program Chair. Interested students may enroll in supporting coursework at any time.

 

Once officially admitted to the OTA program, students must maintain the following requirements. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

 

  1. Earn a “C” or better in all OTA coursework;
  2. Complete all OTA coursework within 5 years;
  3. Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7 in all courses required in the OTA Program;
  4. Maintain current CPR certification;
  5. Provide immunization documentation as requested;
  6. Provide documentation of TB testing annually;
  7. Maintain professional behaviors;
  8. Honor the AOTA code of ethics;
  9. Abide by all departmental and university policies;
  10. Abide by fieldwork dress codes;
  11. Provide drug screen results if requested;
  12. Provide criminal back-ground checks if requested.

 

Note: Students should be aware that felony charges or convictions may make them ineligible to take the NBCOT examination. If this is a concern, students should contact NBCOT directly for details. Contact information is as follows:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT), 12 Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, www.nbcot.org at 301.990.7979 or fax 301.869.8492


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