Occupational Therapy Assistant Requirements and Application

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From submitting your application to admission to registration, WITC is available to help guide you through the admissions process. To help you successfully complete this program, WITC 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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Occupational Therapy Assistant Additional Program Information

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)

  • Possess current certification of “CPR for Healthcare Providers” or equivalent

  • Review and sign Nursing and Allied Health Division Confidentiality Statement

  • Attend a mandatory program orientation session

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2018-2019 Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Handbook

Student Rules & Regulations

Student Safety Accountability Statement

Standard Precautions

OTA Practice Definitions

Commonly Used Abbreviations


2018-2019 OTA Fieldwork Handbook

Fieldwork Update Info

OTA Program Orientation-Fall 2018

If you did not attend the OTA Orientation, please view the PowerPoint explaining the policies and approaches of the WITC OTA program and fieldwork

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 WITC OTA students for fieldwork courses have significantly increased their demands for background check scrutiny over the past several years. WITC 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. 
      • 1. Print form
      • 2. Each form will indicate a due date and to whom the paperwork should be sent
    • 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 WITC a copy of an Acceptable Form of ID for DHS Background studies, the completed MN DHS Data Worksheet and $20. 
      • WITC staff will verify the information provided, and enter it into the MN DHS website, which 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
      • Within 14 calendar days of receiving the Background Study Fingerprint and Photo Authorization document, students must be fingerprinted and photographed. If not completed within 14 calendar days, the above process and fee payment will need to be repeated. 
      • Background Study Notice of Privacy Practices
  • OTA Health Form and Directions
    • 1. Print directions and forms
    • 2. Complete health information and immunization pages of the form
    • 3. Take form and directions to your physical exam appointment; be sure the physical exam page gets signed and stamped
    • 4. Make copy of form, then submit to your local campus instructor on the first day of the first (fall) semester
  • 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 Mari Jo Ulrich by August 1
  • Information Only
  • Program Policies


OTA Reentry 


  • OTA Reentry Instructions 

    • In the event an OTA student who is matriculated into core OTA (514-XXX) and/or core science (806-XXX) courses has to temporarily leave the program, the student is considered a “reentry” student. This may occur because the student:

      • 1. Must temporarily take leave from core OTA courses due to personal or other reasons that do not allow the student to continue in the program at the current time. This includes military service.

      • 2. Failed, and is eligible (see OTA Failure/Course Repeat/Dismissal Policy) to repeat either a core OTA or science course that is prerequisite for the following semester.

      • 3. Withdrew from a core OTA or science course that is prerequisite for the following semester

      • If you are at this website, it means the Program Director has determined you are a reentry student.

      • Reentry students have priority reentry status for one year if space is available. For example, if you leave the program during or at the end of the Fall 2015 semester, you will maintain priority reentry until Fall 2016. 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 Intent to Reenter form sign and return this form within one month of your exiting the program to the following address:

      • Mari Jo Ulrich

      • WITC-Ashland

      • 2100 Beaser Ave

      • Ashland WI 54806

      • If you return your Intent to Reenter form you will receive an email through your WITC email account giving you further details regarding course registration for the semester of your reentry. If you do not return your Intent to Reenter form by the deadline it will be assumed that you are no longer interested in enrolling in the WITC OTA program courses and your name will be removed from the reentry priority list.

      • Please note that while you may not be eligible to continue with core OTA courses at this time due to pre/corequisite requirements, you are still eligible to take general studies or elective courses required for graduation from the OTA program.

      • If you are planning on retaking coursework through another WTCS college, you must still complete and return the Intent to Reenter form. This will ensure you of reentry priority status for the one year time limit.

      • If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mari Jo Ulrich, OTA Program Director, at marijo.ulrich@witc.edu or 800/243-9482 x 3167.

      • Reentry Student Checklist


Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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