Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Steps

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Admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is competitive and requires a supplemental application process as outlined below.

Program Application Period

Fall 2024

  • March 1 – April 30
  • Priority Deadline: April 1
  • 1. Review Qualifications

    Applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must be 18 years of age, have a clean background, and may be subject to vaccination requirements as outlined below.

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    Background Check

    Admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check for students accepted into the program. 

    • A clean background check is required for full admission into the program and must be completed annually for continued enrollment.
    • Students are responsible for the requesting and payment of the background check as well as handling any disputes that arise. 
    • Background checks performed for previous employment may not be used for admission into the program.


    Occupational Therapy Assistant students participating in clinical rotations with certain healthcare institutions will be subject to vaccination requirements. CWI has been granted discretion to approve exemptions to vaccination requirements due to medical conditions, disabilities, and/or, religious reasons.

  • 2. Apply to CWI

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  • 3. Complete Prerequisite & Corequisite Classes

    Grades for completed and in-progress prerequisite and corequisite classes will be reported on your Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application. 

    Prerequisite Classes

    To be eligible for acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you must complete the following prerequisite classes with a C or higher:

    • ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I (GEM 1)
    • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GEM 6)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology
      • Option 1
        • BIOL 226 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Plus
        • BIOL 227P/227L Human Anatomy & Physiology I
      • Option 2
        • BIOL 227/227L Human Anatomy & Physiology I

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    Corequisite Classes

    While not required for entry into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, completion of the following classes with a C or higher can increase your ranking points on your application.

  • 4. Demonstrate Medical Terminology Competency

    While Medical Terminology is not a required class for the Occupational Therapy Assistant degree, applicants must demonstrate competency in this area. Competency can be proven through successful completion of:

    • HLTH 101 Medical Terminology
    • or a non-credit or online medical terminology class.
  • 5. Provide Unofficial Transcripts

    As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts with all prerequisite and corequisite classes and previous degrees highlighted. 

    • If you have attended or are currently attending CWI, access your unofficial transcript via your Self-Service Toolkit on myCWI.
    • Unofficial transcripts from other colleges or universities may be obtained by contacting the institution directly.
  • 6. Obtain Professional References

    As part of your application, you will be asked to provide two (2) professional references.

    • References must be a supervisor, manager, instructor, or coworker. 
    • Each of your chosen reference will complete an OTA Professional Reference Form.
    • Upon completion, the reference will seal the form in an envelope, sign their name across the seal for official recognition, and return the sealed envelope to you for submission with your application.
  • 7. Prepare a Cover Letter

    Prepare a 500 – 1,000 word cover letter answering the following questions: 

    • Why are you interested in pursuing occupational therapy?
    • What components of your life experience have prepared you to enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and pursue a career in occupational therapy?
  • 8. Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

    Upon completion of Steps 1 – 7, you are now ready to officially apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application

    • Your completed and signed application, along with any required materials, should be sealed in an envelope and submitted to One Stop Student Services in-person or by mail by the following deadline:
      • Fall 2024 – April 30 by 5 p.m.
      • Priority Deadline – April 1
        • Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive up to five (5) additional points on their application.
    • Please write your full name and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Application on the envelope.
    • Do not staple any of the documents within your application.
    • Only complete applications will be considered.
    • Additional materials or additions to your application will not be accepted upon submission.
    • Each fall, 15 students are admitted into the program.
      • Applicants not admitted may be placed on an alternate list should an opening occur. 
      • Applicants must reapply each semester.
  • 9. Participate in Panel Interview

    All applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program are required to participate in a mandatory panel interview following submission of their application. 

    • The panel interview will take place in May at the Ada County Campus Quail Building
    • Details of the interview will be communicated via email to each applicant. 


Photo of Sabina Omair
Department Chair, Medical Assistant
  • CCMA
Quail Building
Room: 2208B
Photo of Mel Henderson
Program Director/Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • MS, OTR/L, MBA
Quail Building
Room: 2202