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Occupational Therapy Assistant

This program is offered at Clark State's Start here, finish there location.

Clark State Community College joined the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium in order to expand its allied health offerings, including an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant to Clark State students. This consortium allows Clark State students to complete their general education and basic classes through Clark State at one of its campuses or online. Students are also enrolled at Rhodes State. Technical courses are taught by Rhodes State faculty through distance learning on the Clark State campus. Students will need to travel to the Rhodes State campus in Lima for skills lab instruction and hands-on practice approximately once a week. Clinical learning experiences will be scheduled in regional healthcare facilities. A very important aspect of the Occupational Therapy Assistant consortium program is that these clinical seats are reserved for qualified Clark State students living in Clark State's service area.

Information about the consortium is available at the consortium web site. Specific information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is available on the consortium's Occupational Therapy Assistant web page. 

The technical courses in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program start each year in summer semester (May). Seats for the program are filled with qualified applicants. Qualified applicants must submit all application materials to Rhodes State by mid February. Seats are limited. Clark State applicants for this program must also apply to Rhodes State online. Students should indicate they are applying to the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium and that they are from Clark State by checking the appropriate boxes at the top of the application.

Qualification Requirements

Academic qualification for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program are listed below as items 1-6. These requirements must be met in order to be considered for the program. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

1.   American College Test (ACT) scores or other appropriate test scores/developmental coursework as listed below.

  • ACT score of 18 or higher in writing OR COMPASS writing score of 70 or higher OR completion of CPE 0300 with a grade of B or higher or CPE 0400 with a grade of C or higher.
  • ACT score of 21 or higher in reading (social science) OR COMPASS reading score of 70 or higher OR completion of CPE 0200 with a C or higher.
  • ACT score of 22 or higher in mathematics OR COMPASS pre-algebra score of 47 and developmental algebra score of 45 OR completion of CPE 0600 with a C or higher.
  • ACT score of 20 or higher in science OR completion of high school chemistry or CHM 1150 within past five years with a C or higher and high school biology or BIO 1410 with a C or higher within past five years.

2.   High school or life experiences with computers OR ITS 1105.

3.   A minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college course work at the time of selection and matriculation.

4.   Complete TEAS V (formerly HOBET) test.

5.   Attend a mandatory Allied Health Orientation session at Rhodes State, sign informed consent forms, and complete an academic advising consultation/appointment with a Rhodes State College allied health advisor.

6.   Have Clark State and other college transcripts with transferable college credits for basic and general education courses sent to Rhodes State.

7.   Complete 40 observation hours in two different clinical settings.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet academic requirements may plan a program of study under the guidance of an academic advisor to prepare for possible admission to the program.

Students will have additional requirements that will have to be met before entrance into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. These requirements include, but are not limited to, physical, immunizations, background check, drug screen, CPR certification, and meeting with the Occupational Therapy Assistant program director.


Rhodes State's Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a limited enrollment program and application does not guarantee admission. Students are selectively admitted to start the program. The selective admission process and criteria is available in the Occupational Therapy Assistant application information packet on the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium website and on Rhodes State's website. Students must apply to the program by mid February each year to be considered for entry into the program for the next academic year. The program starts in summer term. 

Technical Standards

All applicants accepted into The Allied Health Consortium must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to meet the standards. Students are to be provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. The Rhodes State Allied Health Department's technical standards are available on pages 55-56 of the Allied Health Consortium General Preparation Manual.

Notice to Prospective or Current Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

Students who have been convicted of certain felonies and/or misdemeanor offenses are not eligible to participate in clinical education experiences. A criminal conviction may also affect ability to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant or attain state licensure.


This link to the Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum shows the curriculum plan with Rhodes technical courses and Clark State general education and basic courses.