The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program begins every year in August and requires all day attendance Monday through Friday. All prospective students are required to meet the admission criteria. In addition, all applicants should be free of illegal drug use, have no felony convictions, and be clear of any misdemeanor convictions other than minor traffic violations. For more information about the application procedures, please call Karen Wells at 817-598-8850 or 940-325-2591 or the OTA Program Director, Mike McGough, 817-598-8801. Applications for admission will be accepted beginning in January through May each year for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
Application requirements include the following:
- Submit Weatherford College application and official transcripts to the Office of Student Affairs
- Evidence of successful completion of the Texas Success Initiative or evidence of being exempt.
- Submit Allied Health application with official transcripts from all colleges attended to Karen Wells at the Administration Office, located at the Weatherford College Mineral Wells Education Center at 704 Hood Road, Mineral Wells, TX 76067.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses with a C or better prior to the first day of class.
- Prerequisite Science courses must have been taken within five years prior to admission
- Submit Proof of at least the first Hepatitis B Vaccine (three dose series), or a positive Hepatitis B titer, or Dept. of State Health Services waiver. The applicant must complete their Hepatitis B series and submit proof of the series to the OTA office, located at the Mineral Wells Education Center. This is a 4-6 month process and must be completed prior to the first day of class. Please refer to Immunization and Criminal History Procedure at www.wc.edu. Prospective Students Academic/Programs Health Professions. Failure to meet the application requirements may result in denial of application.
- Submit Observation Documentation Forms (2) with at least 10 hours (5 hours each) from two separate and different occupational therapy settings.
- Only completed Allied Health applications with official transcripts, observation hours documented, and documentation of at least the first Hepatitis B shot will be accepted.
- 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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