Contact the Office of Enrollment Services with questions about requirements, admission, or application process at:
(973) 972-5454 or SHPadm@shp.rutgers.edu.
The hours of operation for the Office of Enrollment Services are 8:30AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Have you received all of my application materials?
We are not able to call or e mail to indicate if your application materials have been received. Please send all materials certified mail and retain a copy. The Admissions Committee will contact applicants who are selected for an interview and all applicants will receive notification of admission status (acceptance or not acceptance) from the SHP Office of Admissions.
What is the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program?
The Rutgers School of Health Profession's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is a 74-credit Associate in Science degree committed to preparing Occupational Therapy Assistants as professionals who will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, groups, and populations in New Jersey and beyond. The OTA program prepares students to serve people of all ages who experience illness, disease, disability, disadvantages, trauma and challenging life circumstances, helping them to adapt through participation in meaningful occupations.
What will the Associate of Science Degree prepare you to do?
The curriculum prepares the OTA to practice as a dynamic and inter-professional team member working under the supervision of an occupational therapist, within health care, educational, and other community systems.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant works under the supervision of an occupational therapist in rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, hospitals, schools and other community settings. The responsibilities of the Occupational Therapy Assistant include:
- Contributing to the process of evaluating a client by gathering information and administering selected assessments.
- Assisting with the development of client centered occupation-based intervention plans
- Selecting and providing direct occupational therapy interventions to individuals and groups
- Documenting occupational therapy services provided
What are the Admission Criteria for the program?
-Completion of 32 pre-professional credits at a Rutgers Partner College with a grade of C or better in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.5
-Documentation of 20 hours observation of an OT or an OTA
-2 letters of recommendation; one of which must be from an OT or an OTA
Can courses be taken on a non-matriculated basis?
If I already have a bachelor’s degree, may I apply directly to the professional program?
This program requires each student to earn a joint Associate of Science Degree awarded by the University in collaboration with a Partner College. The pre-professional credits (32) must be taken at or transferred into one of the established partner colleges listed on the website at http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/psyr/programs/asdota/app_admission/affiliates.html Each Partner has an established policy regarding transfer credits and residency requirements.
Individuals who have completed at minimum 26 of the 32 pre-professional credits may apply directly to Rutgers OTA Program for the full-time program and those who have completed at minimum 23 of the 32 pre-professional credits may apply directly to Rutgers OTA Program for part-time enrollment. These applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Developmental Psychology within the past five years.
If accepted into the professional program at Rutgers, these individuals will be connected to Thomas Edison State University (TESU); TESU will complete a transcript reviewand require conmpletion of 6 credits of coursework on-line in order for TESC to serve as their Partner College with acceptance of transfer credits. The 6-credits of coursework may include two of these required 3-credit pre professional courses: Diversity Studies, Ethics, and/or Sociology. Thomas Edison State University students must take 3 credits in a course pertaining to Civic Engagement, for example, a course in political science, government, related to public health or social action.
I do not see the community college in my geographic area listed. Can I attend that college instead?
The pre professional credits (32) must be taken at or transferred into one of the established Partner Colleges. Each partner has a policy on transfer credits and residency requirements. Contact the partner college/contact person listed for their policy.
Regarding the professional program, are the classes held during the day, night, or on weekends?
Classes are held during the afternoon and evening 2-3 days per week with one additional day per week devoted to fieldwork education. The last semester of the program requires 16-24 weeks of full time fieldwork education which is typically during daytime hours, 5 days per week, and occasionally on the weekend.
When are applications due? Where do I send my application materials?
Applications for the full-time program are due June 1st and applications for the part-time program are due
November 1st. Materials are sent directly to:
Rutgers School of Health Professions, Office of Enrollment Services,
Stanley S. Bergen Building room 147 65 Bergen St. Newark, NJ 07107
Is there a part-time professional program and when do I apply?
Applicants interested in the part-time program apply by November 1 for acceptance into a 24-27 month curriculum beginning in January each year. Classes are 1-2 days per week and fieldwork does not begin until the third (fall) semester. The last semester of the program requires 16 weeks of full time fieldwork education which is typically during daytime hours, 5 days per week, and occasionally on weekends.
What is the difference between the full and part-time programs?
The full-time program requires 16- 19 months of intensive academic and fieldwork education requiring the equivalent of 12 credits for 4 consecutive semesters. The full-time program is not recommended for those who are working full-time. The part-time program distributes the credits over 24-27 months and the pace is a bit slower. Both programs require a significant commitment of time and energy for success.
Where can I do my required observation hours?
Applicants are required to submit documentation of 20 hours of observation experience with an OT or an OTA in at least one practice setting. Observation can be done anywhere an OT or an OTA is employed. Our website provides a list of facilities that may be able to accommodate an applicant for observation hours.
Can I do my fieldwork close to my home?
Fieldwork education placements are made on the basis of the program’s educational objectives. Students are placed within 90 minutes driving time from their residence.
How much does it cost and is financial aid available?
Tuition and fees are paid to the Partner College while completing the pre-professional credits and to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, for the 42 Professional Credits. Information about tuition and fees is available at http://www.studentabc.rutgers.edu/billing-and-collections-rutgers-biomedical-and-health-sciences-rbhs/.
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Can I go on to become an OT?
Students interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in OT can contact schools listed at http://www.aota.org/Students/Prospective.aspx. There are several programs that are especially for OTA’s who wish to become OT’s, http://www.aota.org/Students/Schools/Weekend/38215.aspx
Is the program fully accredited?
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org