The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program begins every year in the Fall and requires all day attendance Monday through Friday. All prospective students are required to meet the admission criteria. All felony conviction may affect one or more of the following: (1) a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination. (2) a student's ability to complete curriculum requirements. (3) a graduate's ability to attain state licensure. For more information about the application process, please call Rebecca Fryer at 817-598-6348 or the OTA Program Director, Mike McGough, 817-598-8801. Applications will be accepted beginning in January through the second Monday in June.
Application requirements include the following:
- Applicants will locate 2 online videos pertaining to occupational therapy and submit a typed, one-page summary of each. Summaries should reflect highlights of what the applicant considered most important. Summaries should also reflect why the applicant selected these particular videos. Applicants should include these summaries with their OTA application packet.
- It is also recommended that all applicants review information at www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Considering-OT-Career.aspx.
- Applicants will be required to interview with the Program Director and a team of faculty prior to acceptance into the OTA Program.
Weatherford College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of qualifications without regard to gender, age, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related disability or any other legally protected status.
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ONCE SELECTED FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM, THE STUDENT MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:
- Complete a criminal background check
- Attend the mandatory program orientation
- Complete a 10-panel urine drug screen
- Submit proof of a current TB screen test, various titers, and immunizations
- Submit proof of major medical health insurance
- Complete a functional back screen (completed by a physician or physical therapist of your choice)
- Attend training and acquire AHA Health Care Provider CPR card
- Complete the remaining Hepatitis B Shots prior to beginning the first fieldwork experience.
Failure to meet any application requirements will result in denial of application. Failure to maintain shots as required will prevent the student from proceeding with clinical assignments and may result in dismissal from the program.
Information and specifics on obtaining the above criteria will be available to the student upon acceptance to the program. Start-up costs for immunizations, titers, urine drug screen, CPR, back/spine screen, and health insurance varies but could run as much as $400. Criminal history/background check is $24.95.
Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program student handbook. The DFW hospital council has also published certain restrictions applying to students in clinical sites.
English Proficiency Requirements
Before being accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program an applicant whose native language* is not English must submit an acceptable score on the TOEFL iBT. Additional information may be obtained from the OTA Department. *A native language is a language that is acquired naturally during childhood & is usually spoken at home, as opposed to a language that is learned later in life, for example, as a part of a person's formal education.
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