Admission to the OTA program is selective and limited to assure that the number of students enrolled in the program is proportionate to the available instructional and clinical resources.

Apply to Cayuga as a new, degree-seeking student

Apply to Cayuga’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program

The following prerequisites must be completed before applying to the OTA program:

  • High school or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • High school average of B (80%) or higher OR cumulative college GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Applicants who possess a GED will be accepted into the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science major until a college grade point average is established. Once a GPA has been established, students can then apply to the OTA program.
  • Successful completion (grade C, 73% or higher) of high school or college biology with a lab.
  • Successful completion (grade C, 73% or higher) of high school or college chemistry with a lab OR physics with a lab.
  • Testing into Cayuga’s Math 102 or higher on the Cayuga placement exam or completion of Math 099 (grade C, 73% or higher) or higher or have taken Math 099 or higher at another institution.
  • Testing or placing into Cayuga’s English 101-Freshman English 1 or completion of English 101 (grade C, 73% or higher) or higher.
  • Satisfactory scores on the ATI TEAS entrance exam due by March 1 deadline. Cost of exam is incurred by the applicant.
  • Each OTA program applicant is responsible for assessing his or her own computer competency. Students must possess basic proficiency in computer use, including the ability to use databases and search engines to access information, word processing for writing, and email for attaching files as needed.
  • Access to a reliable internet connection is required throughout the program.


  • Must complete and submit a Cayuga Admission Application and an OTA program application, including official transcripts.
  • Applications received by the March 1 deadline will take priority. Applications will continue to be reviewed after March 1 until the program is full.
  • Two professional references are required by the March 1 deadline.
  • Applicants not accepted must reapply to be considered for admission the following year.


The Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) must be taken by all applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cayuga Community College. Completion of the ATI TEAS® does not guarantee admission. Performance on the ATI TEAS® is one of several factors involved in the OTA admission decision. The ATI TEAS® must be taken before the recommended application deadline of March 1.

The ATI TEAS® is a four-option, multiple-choice test that measures a student’s ability in reading, math, science, and English and language usage. The time limit for the assessment is 3 hours and 29 minutes.

Testing Dates for Fall 2017 Admission:

  • February 8, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • February 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • February 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • February 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • February 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • March 1, 2017 at 10:00 am


All tests will take place at the FULTON campus in the Center for Academic Success in the Learning Commons.

Cayuga Community College
11 River Glen Drive
Fulton, NY 13069


  1. You may register and pay for a testing reservation up to 48 hours before the scheduled test, provided there is a seat available.
  2. You will go to www.atitesting.com and create a student account.
  3. Be sure to fill in all fields completely. Select Cayuga Community College AH as the institution located in the “institution” drop down menu.
  4. After creating your account, click on the Online Store link, select Register for the TEAS. Follow the prompts. Your program type is Allied Health. Your institution is Cayuga Community College. You will be asked for a credit card, so have that handy.
  5. Make sure you understand that by clicking the “Register” button, you agree to test on the selected date and understand that you are responsible for repaying and rescheduling for a new test in the event you are unable to attend your scheduled test date.
  6. You will purchase your testing reservation with a credit card. Be sure to have the credit card number, expiration date, and security code. ONCE THE TEAS EXAM IS PURCHASED, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.
  7. You will receive a confirmation email from ATI.


Study resources and practice tests are available for purchase through the testing company at www.atitesting.com.


The assessment begins promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time for check in. Students who arrive after the assessment has started will not be allowed entrance into the exam, NO EXCEPTIONS! Schedule 4 hours for the test.

Bring with you:

  • Valid photo identification—driver license, non-driver photo ID, or Passport
  • ATI Username and password

Do not bring:

  • Calculators, spell checkers, phones and/or any other electronic equipment are not permitted.
  • Scratch paper or pencils (will be provided at the center)
  • Children

Please note:

  • You may not leave the testing room once the exam has begun.
  • Applicants with a documented disability may arrange for accommodative testing by contacting the Office of Accessibility Resources at the Fulton campus at least two weeks prior to their scheduled test.


You will receive your ATI TEAS® results immediately upon completion of the test. Please save your scores and documentation of the assessment for your records. Through your ATI account you may do a Focused Review after taking the assessment. This will help you brush up on skills you might have missed on the assessment. When you access your test results you will be presented the opportunity to do a Focused Review.

The results of this pre-admission test will be one of several elements evaluated in the application process to the OTA program. Performance on the ATI TEAS® alone does not guarantee admission. Your results are provided immediately to the college. You do not need to send your test results to Cayuga.

Re-testing is permitted one time with the purchase of an additional test. The entire test must be retaken, not just one component. Based on the student’s Adjusted Individual Test Score, the higher of the two scores will be used for evaluating the student’s application.


After being accepted into the OTA program, the student must show evidence of the following by August 15:

  • Completed physical exam (to be updated annually).
  • The health record must show no physical condition that would exclude safe performance of the Functional Skills of the OTA student.
  • Completed Mantoux test and immunization records.
  • Compliance with New York State health requirements.


The student must complete a healthcare provider CPR course and maintain certification throughout the program and fieldwork periods. Both American Heart Association certification (BLS for Adults, Infant and Child) and Red Cross certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers) are valid for two years. Online certification or re-certification is not accepted. “Heart Saver” and “Community CPR” do not meet the CPR requirement. Evidence of CPR certification must be submitted to the OTA program director by August 15.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an OTA Information Session.
During an information session, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, students and Admissions representatives. OTA Information Sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:

Day Date Location Time
TBA Student Lounge
Day Date Location Time
Tuesday January 31, 2017 F167 4:00 PM