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.

Step 1: Apply to Cayuga as a new, degree-seeking student

Step 2: Apply to Cayuga’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program

We are no longer accepting applications for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for the Fall 2017 semester.

The next semester to apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at the Fulton Campus will be the Fall 2018 semester. The postmarked deadline for your application and supporting materials (see below) is March 1, 2018. Applications will be available October 2, 2017. Refer to program requirements and deadlines for more information.

You are encouraged to first enroll in the Liberal Arts & Sciences / Math & Science A.S. program, which provides you with the opportunity to complete prerequisites and select required courses for the OTA degree.

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 April 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 April 1 deadline will take priority.
  • Two professional references are required by the April 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 the several factors involved in the OTA admission decision.

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.


For more information about this program, testing opportunities, and locations, contact:

Prof. Joan Meyers


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 the 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.