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.
2022-23 Requirements and Application information will be updated on October 1, 2021.
The first step to get admitted is to fill out a Northwood Tech application, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. If you're not quite ready to become a student, visit a campus to get the full Northwood Tech experience. A campus tour will give you the opportunity to meet staff, instructors and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for the campus culture.
- Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if previously submitted)
- Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high school seniors must provide both a current high school transcript and a final transcript with confer date
- Review and sign Background Check Disclosure
- Review and sign Functional Abilities Disclosure
- Complete admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor (academic admission requirements apply)
- 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)
- Decision to not receive vaccinations may limit ability to obtain clinical placement based upon meeting site placement requirements
- Possess current certification of “CPR for Healthcare Providers” or equivalent
- Review and sign Health Sciences Confidentiality Statement
- Participate in a mandatory program orientation session
2021-22 Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook
- Health Sciences Policies
- HS-i Work-based Learning Terms
- HS-01 WITC Mission, Vision, Values & Tenets
- HS-02 Rules and Regulations-Student Signature
- HS-03 Safety Accountability Statement-Student Signature
- HS-04 Bloodborne Pathogen Risk Statement
- HS-05 CDC Guidelines and Links
- HS-06 Standard Precautions Chart
- HS-07 Exposure Control Procedures (Needle stick)
- HS-08 Performance-Based Instruction
- HS-09 Student Responsibilities
- HS-10 Responsibility of the Learner
- HS-11 Test-Taking
- HS-12 Studying Hints
- HS-13 Important Dispositions for Critical Thinkers
- HS-14 Good Thinking vs. Poor Thinking
- HS-15 Computer Information
- HS-16 Communication Guidelines
- HS-17 Confidentiality-HIPAA
- HS-18 Transfer Credit
- HS-19 Witnessing Legal Documents
- HS-20 Health Status
- HS-21 Health Form
- HS-22 CPR-Medic 1st Aid Requirements
- HS-23 Course Expectations for Assignments
- HS-24 Professional Expectations and Dress Code
- HS-25 Grading Policy
- HS-26 Improvement Plan
- HS-27 Academic Appeals Procedures
- HS-28 Automatic Program Dismissal
- HS-29 Complaints Concerning Health Sciences Programs
- OTA Program Policies
- OTA-01 Welcome
- OTA-02 2021-22 Catalog Page and Course Descriptions
- OTA-03 2021-22 Curriculum Checklist
- OTA-04 OTA Program Mission
- OTA-05 OTA Program Outcomes
- OTA-06 Program Philosophy
- OTA-07 Curriculum Design
- OTA-08 OTA Student Rules and Regulations
- OTA-09 Certification
- OTA-10 ACOTE
- OTA-11 Core Ability Assessment Timeline
- OTA-12 Student Technical Support
- OTA-13 Program Portfolio
- OTA-14 Attendance Policy
- OTA-15 Late Assignment Policy
- OTA-16 Academic Advising Policy
- OTA-17 Distance Learning Education Policy
- OTA-18 Cancellation of OTA Class
- OTA-19 Online Exam Policy
- OTA-20 Curriculum Plan
- OTA-21 Fail Repeat Policy
- OTA-22 Withdrawal Policy
- OTA-23 Reentry Process
- OTA-24 Criteria for Successful Completion of OTA Program
- OTA-25 Student Safety Concerns
- OTA-26 Evaluation
- OTA-27 Extended Laboratory Experience
- OTA-28 Fieldwork Information
- OTA-29 Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check Policy
- OTA-30 Background Check Fieldwork Policy for Student Placement
- OTA-31 OTA CBC Disclosure
- OTA-32 FY22 Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check
- OTA-33 Required Documents for OTA Students
- OTA-34 FY22 OTA Functional Abilities
- OTA-35 OTA Graduation Form Procedures
2021-22 OTA Fieldwork Handbook
Spring 2022 Fieldwork Level II dates: TBD
- Cover, Table of Contents, Welcome Letter, and SOUs
- Fieldwork Overview
- Fieldwork I
- Fieldwork II
- D1 Fieldwork II Timeline
- D2 AOTA Fieldwork Data Form (Explanation and Form)
- D3 Preparing for Level II Fieldwork - Assignment (Intro Letter and Student Data Form)
- D4 Possible Assignments for the Fieldwork Site to Utilize
- D5 Week Two Site Review - Assignment
- D6 Understanding the FWPE
- D7 For Students to Complete: Student Evaluation of the Fieldwork Experience (SEFWE)
- D8 A Survey for Students to Complete: Performance Evaluation of the Fieldwork Coordinator (Sample: Access this via Blackboard)
- Tools for Addressing Special Concerns
- Inclusion of Psychosocial Content into the Level II Fieldwork Experience
- Supervision Guidelines
- G1 Program Director/Fieldwork Coordinator Process for Supervision of Fieldwork
- G2 Fieldwork Level II and Occupational Therapy Students: A Position Paper
- G3 Physical Agent Modalities
- G4 AOTA PAMs
- G5 State of WI OT Practice and Supervision
- G6 State of WI OT Definitions
- G7 State of WI OT Licensure of OTs and OTAs
- G8 State of WI OT Biennial Registration
- G9 State of WI OT Unprofessional Conduct
- G10 Materials to Enhance Fieldwork Supervision
- G11 Practice Advisory Services
- G12 Example Amount of Supervision FW Chart
- G13 Methods to Prepare to be a Fieldwork Educator
- Northwood Tech OTA Program Mission and Philosophy
- OTA Program Course Information
- I1 (OTA-02) 2021-22 OTA Catalog Page and Course Descriptions
- I2 (Fieldwork I Course Outcomes Summary
- I3 Fieldwork IIA Course Outcome Summary
- I4 Fieldwork IIB Course Outcome Summary
- I5 (OTA-07) OTA Curriculum Design
- I6 (OTA-03) 2021-22 OTA Program Curriculum Checklist
- I7 (OTA-05) OTA Program Outcomes
- Site-Based Objective Samples
- Fieldwork Policies
- K1 Fieldwork Policies
- K2 Fieldwork Placement Policy
- K3 Contacting Fieldwork Educators
- K4 Travel During Fieldwork
- K5 Termination of Fieldwork
- K6 Attendance During Fieldwork
- K7 Fieldwork Grading
- K8 (HS-17) Confidentiality-HIPAA
- K9 (OTA-30) Background Check Fieldwork Policy for Student Placement
- K10 (HS-20) Health Status
- K11 (HS-22) CPR Medic 1st Aid Requirements
- K12 (HS-24) Health Sciences Dress Code
- K13 (HS-16) Communication Guidelines
- K14 (OTA-21) Failure/Course Repeat Policy
- K15 (OTA-23) Reentry Process
OTA Program Orientation-Fall 2021
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
Click on the forms below to print them (all forms are PDF files). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and use these files.
- 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. Some facilities require a National Criminal Background Check, which must be completed through Verified Credentials, Inc. In addition to that, if you are a student who will complete OTA fieldwork or course activities in Minnesota, you will also be required to complete a Minnesota Caregiver Background Check (see below). Prior to OTA fieldwork, the Fieldwork Coordinator will inform you if the National and/or MN background check is needed.
The MN Department of Human 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 enter their information into the MN DHS website and will need to provide Northwood Tech a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID. Northwood Tech staff will be notified when the information has been entered and will generate the Background Study Fingerprint & Photo Authorization document that is sent to the student. Students MUST present the authorization document and same form of ID to be fingerprinted and photographed. Students will be required to pay the $9.10 fee at the fingerprint and photo location.
If students are required to attend Fieldwork or course activities in Minnesota, they will be informed by their instructor. They will need to complete a MN DHS Data Worksheet, provide a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID, and submit $20 to Northwood Tech.
Within 14 days of receiving the Background Study Fingerprint and Photo Authorization document, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated.
- 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
- Acknowledgement of Risk Form
- Student Information Sheet -- please complete and send to Becky Mika by August 1
- Information Only
- Program Policies
- Distance Learning Education Policy
- OTA Dress Code
- OTA Failure/Repeat Policy
- Student Biographical Change Request -- please print and use this form if you change your name, address, or phone number(s). You should submit it to your local Student Services to be certain that the changes are entered in the main computer system.
2021-22 OTA Reentry documents will be available August 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail this form within one month of your exiting the program to the following address:
- Becky Mika
- 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 email@example.com or 800/243-9482 x3184.
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.