Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Steps to Admission

Fall 2015 Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Steps to Admission
All of the following requirements must be completed before February 1.

Read these procedures carefully and follow the instructions below to maintain your candidacy in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Students who require accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Support Office at 610-799-1190 or Educational Support Services at 610‑799‑1156.

___1. Complete an application for admission to the college. Please note that you will be admitted to the college as a Pre-OTA student until you complete the following admission requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and are admitted to the program by the program’s admissions committee.

____2. Submit an official copy of your academic records including transcripts from high school or GED and from every college attended prior to February 1 to address below.

High School Transcripts
Request a copy of your high school transcript from your high school guidance office. In order for the transcript to be considered as official, the transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the College at the address below. This is required for ALL candidates.

GED Certificates
If you completed a GED program, you must submit a copy of your certificate to the College at the address below AND your high school transcripts up to the time when you departed.

College Transcripts
If you have previous college experience you must request offical copies of all your college transcripts from the registrar’s office of every college you attended. In order for the transcript to be official, the transcript must be sent directly from the college to LCCC at the address below.

Lehigh Carbon Community College
Office of Registration/Student Records
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078

Please note: Official transcripts from every high school and college attended up to and including the most current fall semester must be received prior to February 1 in order for your admissions file to be considered complete.

___3. Schedule and complete the LCCC Skills Assessment Test and Biology Placement Test (if necessary) and then schedule an appointment with an advisor at 610-799-1137.

LCCC Placement Test (free)
The Placement Test measures your skills in English, mathematics, and reading to determine your placement in introductory courses. The test requires approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Your results are available immediately. The Skills Assessment Test may be taken at any of the LCCC campuses. Please call the campus that is most convenient for you to arrange a time to complete the Skills Assessment Test. To find out if you may be exempt from the COMPASS Placement test click here.

  • LCCC Main (Schnecksville) - 610-799-1575
  • LCCC Allentown - 610-799-1940
  • LCCC Jim Thorpe - 570-669-7010
  • LCCC Tamaqua - 570-668-6880

Exemptions and Waivers
If you have completed college-level courses in English composition, mathematics, college algebra or higher-level mathematics course and/or nine credits in social sciences or humanities courses, you may be exempt from all or part of the Skills Assessment Test. To qualify for exemption, call the Advising Office at 610-799-1137, or contact adviseme@lccc.edu.

Biology Placement Test
The Biology Placement Test covers general biology concepts and requires approximately one hour to complete. The Biology Placement Test may be taken at any of the LCCC locations. Please call a location listed under LCCC Placement Test to arrange a time to complete the Biology test.

Exemptions and Waivers
If you have completed a college-level biology course with a “C” or better at LCCC or another accredited college or university, you may be exempt from the Biology test requirement.

___ 4. Complete the application for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and submit it to the Admissions Office prior to February 1. The application is available by clicking here.

___ 5. Schedule and complete ten hours of occupational therapy observations under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist (OTR) or an occupational therapy assistant (OTA).  Observations should be scheduled at two different agencies/facilities (two different therapists) for five hours each visit.  All observations must be completed within six months of submitting the OTA application.  Observations completed prior to six months of submitting the application will be considered as invalid and not acceptable.  When going on observation visits have your supervisor fill out your OTA Program Observation Visits Verification Form (found online) and have him/her send it directly to the Admissions Office or  supervisor should complete the form, seal envelope, and hand to student to submit to the Admissions Office.

All applicants are required by law to keep all information related to specific patients and their treatment strictly confidential.

Guidelines for Site Visitations

  • Download and print at least two official LCCC OTA Program Observation Visits Verification Forms.
  • Select at least two different facilities to complete your visitations at least one week prior to when you would like to visit.
  • Call each facility to schedule a convenient date and time for the site visit.
  • An occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant employed at the facility must complete the form, sign and place it in an official letterhead envelope, sealed with his/her signature across the seal prior to returning it to the Admissions Office or supervisor should complete the form, seal envelope, and hand to student to submit to the Admissions Office.
  • The completed form in the official envelope must be submitted to the LCCC Admissions Office, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078 by February 1.

All candidates will be notified of their admission status by April 30 via U.S. Mail.

___ 6. After all of the above steps are completed and all documents are received by the February 1 deadline, the applicant will be invited to schedule and attend a short OTA Program Orientation session (held in February and March).  At the end of the orientation, the applicant will complete a written self-assessment questionnaire for scoring by the OTA Program Advisory Board members.  All candidates will be notified of their admission status by April 30 via U.S. Mail.