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. 

2022-23 Requirements and Application information will be updated on October 1, 2021.


Admission Requirements

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2021-22 Occupational Therapy Assistant Additional Program Information

2021-22 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)
  • 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

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2021-22 Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook

OTA Practice Definitions

Commonly Used Abbreviations

2021-22 OTA Fieldwork Handbook
Spring 2022 Fieldwork Level II dates:  TBD

Fieldwork Update Info

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

  • 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. 
  • 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
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  • Program Policies

OTA Reentry

2021-22 OTA Reentry documents will be available August 2021.


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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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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