Occupational Therapy Assistant Requirements & Application

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From submitting your application to admission to registration, Northwood Tech is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this program, Northwood Tech has developed a set of program requirements and functional ability criteria. For students with a disability, reasonable accommodations are available to help you be successful in the program of your choice. 

Admission Requirements

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2022-23 Occupational Therapy Assistant Additional Program Information

2022-23 Occupational Therapy Assistant Additional Program Information-Transfer Track

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Submit Background Check fee
  • Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check, National Criminal Background Check, Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (if applicable), and other states, if applicable
  • Pass a physical exam, have current immunizations, and demonstrate negative status for tuberculosis (Tb)
  • COVID vaccination---highly recommended
    • NOTE: Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement or ability to progress in the program if a student is not able to meet the clinical site requirements including but not limited to; influenza vaccine, covid vaccine, negative tb skin test/quantiferon, up to date acceptable background check, or any other clinical requirements required by the clinical site. Northwood Technical College cannot guarantee clinical placement if the clinical site must be changed due to students inability to meet the site specific requirements. Many sites require the student information 4-6 weeks prior to the clinical start date.
  • Possess current certification of “BLS Basic Life Support” or equivalent
  • Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
  • Participate in a mandatory program orientation session

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2022-23 Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook

2022-23 Health Sciences & Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Policies will be available August 2022.

2022-23 OTA Fieldwork Handbook
Spring 2023 Fieldwork Level II dates:  TBD

2022-23 Fieldwork Handbook Policies and Spring 2023 dates will be available August 2022.

OTA Program Orientation-Fall 2022

Be aware that you need to follow the timelines and procedures listed here in order to participate. 

No forms. No class. No exceptions. 

  • What You Will Need to Do

  • Background Checks
    • The agencies that host the Northwood Tech OTA students for fieldwork courses have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. Northwood Tech wants to ensure students understand, prior to the start of the program, that if there are no fieldwork agencies that will accept the student based on the background check history, the student must be excused from the OTA program, regardless of the student's academic standing. This is explained further in the Background Check Disclosure form listed above, under Admission Requirements.
    • All OTA students are required to complete a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check and Student ID Form. Some facilities require a National Criminal Background Check, which must be completed through Verified Credentials, LLC.
    • In addition to that, if you are a student who will complete a clinical rotation in Minnesota, you will also be required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check. Your Program Instructor/Advisor will inform you if a Minnesota background check is needed. 

      • MN Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Studies

      • The MN Dept. of Health Services NETStudy 2.0 background study requires all persons who provide services to children and vulnerable adults to be fingerprinted and photographed. 
      • Students will be required to provide Northwood Tech a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID for DHS Background studies (scroll down to What documents can be used to verify ID?), the completed MN DHS Data Worksheet and $42. 
      • Northwood Tech staff will verify the information provided and enter it into the MN DHS website. Background Study subjects will receive an email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO that includes an individual specific tracking number called a Universal Enrollment Identification (UE ID). The email will be sent within a few minutes of the background study application being submitted in NETStudy 2.0 by the provider. The email includes instructions for study subjects to use IDEMIA's pre-enrollment system and information on locating a fingerprint location.
      • Students MUST present a form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be required to pay the $9.50 fee at the fingerprint and photo location. Visit MN DHS/IDEMIA Transition for information on fingerprinting and photo locations.
      • Within 14 days of receiving the email from IDEMIA/IdentoGO, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated. 
      • Background Study Notice of Privacy Practices
    • After background checks are completed, students are expected to self report any changes.
  • Health Form and Directions
    • 1. Complete the Health Form and save it.

    • 2. Follow instructions on the form for submission. 

  • To Complete and Give to Instructor
    • Functional Abilities Disclosure - listed above, under Admission Requirements. Read the functions and initial/sign the last page as described. Submit to instructor by designated due date.
    • Learning Styles -- check your learning style
    • Confidentiality Statement
    • Student Information Sheet -- please complete and send to Becky Mika by August 1
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  • Program Policies

OTA Reentry

2022-23 OTA Reentry documents will be available August 2022.


OTA Withdrawal

  • Instructions for Withdrawal from OTA Core Courses 

    • If you are at this webpage, it means your OTA Academic Advisor has been notified that you dropped your OTA course (10-514-xxx) courses.

      • If you are withdrawing from your OTA core (10-514-xxx) courses, the OTA program would like to gather data regarding your decision to withdraw.  This data is useful in the OTA planning process.  Thank you for providing this information.

      • Reentry students have priority reentry status for one year.  For example, if you leave the program, during or at the end of the Fall 2020 semester, you will maintain priority reentry until Fall 2021.  Should you decide to postpone your reentry to the OTA program during the priority year, you will forfeit your priority reentry status and will be eligible for reentry after other students waiting to reenter have had the opportunity to reenter.
      • Please carefully review the Withdrawal from the OTA Program form.  You may complete the form electronically and email to becky.mika@witc.edu or print and mail this form within one month of your exiting the program to the following address:
        • Becky Mika
        • WITC-Ashland
        • 2100 Beaser Ave
        • Ashland WI  54807
      • If you are planning on returning to the WITC OTA program, please review the Reentry process and complete the Intent to Reenter form.
      • If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Becky Mika, OTA Program Director, at becky.mika@witc.edu or 800/243-9482 x3184.

Technology Requirements

If using Macintosh or Linux based computers, coursework must be submitted using your Office365 tools provided with your Northwood Tech email account. It is important to verify with your Program Faculty if non-Windows based computers are acceptable in the program.

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