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Applying to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

 

THE DEADLINE for application to the Professional Program for Fall 2014 full-time enrollment
was June 15, 2014.  The Admissions Committee will contact candidates selected for an interview before July 1, 2014. 
All applicants will receive a decision letter from the Rutgers SHRP Office of Admissions by August 15, 2014.

The Deadline for application to the Professional Program for Winter/Spring 2015 part-time enrollment is
November 15, 2014

 

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is offered within the School of Health Related Professions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in collaboration with the New Jersey Colleges listed below (updated February 2014).

The AS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant includes 32 prerequisite foundational credits (pre-professional phase of the OTA curriculum at a Partner College) and 42 professional credits earned at the School of Health Related Professions of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's Scotch Plains Campus.

Individuals interested in the program should first contact a Partner College from the list below.
Contact information for each Partner College is available under the link "Partner Colleges".

*Individuals who have completed at minimum 26 of the 32 pre-professional credits may apply directly to Rutgers OTA Program for the full-time program and those who have completed at minimum 23 of the 32 pre-professional credits may apply directly to Rutgers OTA Program for part-time enrollment. These applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Developmental Psychology within the past five years.
If accepted into the professional program at Rutgers, these individuals will be connected to Thomas Edison State College (TESC) where they will complete 6-9 credits of coursework on-line and secure TESC as their partner program. 


Individuals who have completed some of the pre-requisite courses may be able to transfer these credits to one of the Partner Colleges. Each Partner establishes its own policy regarding transfer credits and residency requirements at their institution

  • Camden County College
  • County College of Morris
  • Cumberland County College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Ocean County College
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Salem Community College
  • Thomas Edison State College*
  • Warren County Community College

Application Process

Complete the SHRP Application Form indicating application to the Associate Degree/Occupational Therapy Assistant (please write in OTA on the application). Click here for the application.


Applicants must ensure that registrar from Partner College forwards an OFFICIAL transcript to:
Catherine Colucci, Program Director
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Include with application (as described under admission requirements) (send everything to the address above):

Two letters of recommendation, one from OT/OTA who supervised occupational therapy observation, one from college advisor who is able to document your plan for completion of the prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment in the Professional Program or another Professional reference (professor, employer etc.).

*Personal essay describing OTA as career choice: reflecting on occupational therapy volunteer work, prerequisite coursework
and community service.

*Documentation of 40 hours of observation with OT/OTA

Admission fee will be waived for all applicants.

Applicants to the full-time program (fall start) must provide documentation of enrollment in all remaining courses to ensure this coursework is complete prior to the start of fall classes at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey..  Applicants may request permission to take two of these courses concurrent with the professional curriculum:

 

    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Ethics or Philosophy
    • Diversity Studies

Applicants to the part-time program (winter/spring start) must provide documentation of enrollment in all remaining courses to ensure this coursework is complete prior to the start of winter/spring classes at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey..  Applicants may request permission to take these courses concurrent with the professional curriculum:

 

    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Ethics or Philosophy
    • Diversity Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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