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Health Sciences Admission Tests: OTA

Testing information for Nursing, OTA, PTA, Radiography, and Dental Assisting Program Admissions.

Next Known Admission Deadline

Fall 2023 Admission Deadline: March 31, 2023

You can find the Minimum Admission Requirements and the Point System - Competitive Admission Process Scorecard on the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program's Information Page.

This information on this page is correct based on RCCC's OTA admissions as of August 23, 2022.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Fall 2023 Minimum Admissions Requirements

This is just a quick list, NOT detailed instructions. For more information see the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Information Page.


Completion of these steps does not guarantee a spot in the program, this is a competitive admissions process. Applicants who meet the Minimum Admission Requirements AND are granted Contingent Acceptance will move on to the Competitive Point System Evaluation.

This program accepts a MAX of 20 students to begin the spring semester.

Complete the Rowan-Cabarrus college admission process.

 Schedule an appointment with your Allied Health Advisor to review admissions requirements.

More information on making appointments can be found on the Minimum Admission Requirements handout on the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Information Page.

Meet North Carolina Community College standards for placement into college level Math and English or have completed appropriate college level course work in Math and English. 

Create a Health Programs Admission System (HPAS) profile.

Information on how to do this will be given by the Allied Health Advisor after the initial appointment.

Complete the required information session.

Log in to HPAS to complete the information session for program of study. Once completed, the information session is only valid for 12 months. 

Successful completion and documentation of a biology course.

Need completion and documentation of a high school or college biology course with a grade of "C" or higher.

Successful completion of the ATI Test of Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)

Score a minimum of 60 (percentile rank) on Reading Comprehension. 

Score a minimum of 55 (percentile rank) on Total Score.

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Review HPAS

Make sure everything you need has been uploaded and all steps have been completed. 

Submit an Admissions Eligibility Review Form

You must meet with your assigned advisor to complete this form. 

Testing and Other Information for OTA Admission

Students applying to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program must meet the minimum qualifying scores for the ATI-TEAS


For the Fall 2023 Admissions, to move to the selective point system process you must meet the Reading Comprehension score of 60 and the Total Score of 55. 

Contingent Acceptance

Completion of the following is required only for those who accept the offered conditional (contingent) acceptance into the program. Information and forms will be provided by the program’s administrative assistant.

  • Current CPR certification
    • Students must obtain certification with the American Heart Association at the BLS Healthcare Provider level, preferably at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
  • Background Report/Drug Screen/Physical Examination/Current Immunization Documentation
    • Clinical facilities have requirements for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. If a student is denied access to a clinical facility for any reason, the student will NOT receive a secondary placement in another facility. The student will not be able to progress in the program due to the inability to meet the clinical objectives.