Admission Process

Once a year, Mountain View will admit approximately 12–14 students to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program beginning in the Fall semester. Acceptance is determined based on a points formula. Please refer to the program application packet for more information.

Application Requirements

  • Application and current admission to Dallas College.
  • Completion of the four prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher (all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.)
  • Submission of a complete application packet to the OTA program during the designated filing period.

1. General Admission Requirements to Dallas College

Applicants to the associate degree OTA program must meet the admission requirements for Dallas College. Applicants must have earned either a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) in addition to complying with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before they will be eligible to apply to the program. Students should consult the college advising office to determine their TSI status prior to application to the OTA program.

Once the student is admitted to Dallas College, the student may apply to the OTA program after the student has completed the following requirements.

2. Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete the four prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher to submit an application to the OTA program. Prerequisite courses include:

  • ENGL 1301 — English Composition
  • PSYC 2301 — General Psychology
  • BIOL 2401 — Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BIOL 1406 is a prerequisite for BIOL 2401.)
  • One (three-credit hour) Humanities/Fine Arts elective (must be selected from the A.A.S. Nursing Options for Humanities/Fine Arts)

Science course BIOL 2401 must be completed less than five years prior to anticipated program entrance. BIOL 1406 is the prerequisite for BIOL 2401.

3. Official College Transcripts

Prior to application to the OTA program, potential applicants must have submitted all of their official transcripts to the Admissions/Registrar's Office at Dallas College. The transcripts must be current, with the print date within three years of the applicant's anticipated admission to a health occupations program. If the official transcripts have not been submitted to the OTA O​ffice or to Ms. Rebecca Soto (in the Mountain View Admissions/Registrar's Office), the individual's application to the program will be voided.

4. Meet the physical and mental standards for admission (see OTA application form).

5. Schedule an appointment with a college admissions advisor for pre-evaluation and transcript review.

6. Complete all required immunizations and TB testing.

7. Hold a current CPR Health Care Provider-level certificate.

8. Have a negative background check submitted with OTA application and a negative drug test screening.

(Conducted once the student has been approved for the program but before classes are started. Students are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. Positive test results are grounds for immediate dismissal from the OTA program.​

9. Proof of medical insurance.

10. Complete and submit all required paperwork.

11. Take the ATI TEAS assessment test.

We require a minimum score of 65. The test is administered on campus in Room W-142 on three dates this spring:

  • March 13, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • April 16, 2020

All three exam sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call the OTA office or email Dr. Candice Freeman to inform us which date and time you would like to take the exam. You will also need to register online through ATI using the link above.

Other Considerations for Admission

In addition to completing the above requirements and application, the student should consider the rigorous physical and mental demands of an occupational therapy career which are needed in order to accomplish the objectives of the OTA program. The OTA applicant must possess:

  1. A valid Social Security number.
  2. Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses. This is needed for, but is not limited to, patient intervention, assessments, reading small print, visualizing and interpreting monitors and equipment calibrations.
  3. Hearing ability, with or without auditory aids, to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker's face.  This is needed for, but is not limited to, hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, and call bells from patients, and stethoscopic sounds originating from the patient's blood vessels, heart, lungs and abdomen. 
  4. Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time and a reasonable ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. This is needed for, but is not limited to, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, safely lifting patients, moving from room to room, maneuvering in small spaces and completing eight-hour shifts.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively in orally and in writing. This is needed for, but is not limited to, the ability to speak clearly and understandably to members of a health care team, patients and families. The student must possess the ability to write legibly and professionally in the patient's chart or legal documentation and have the ability to use effective listening skills.
  6. Manual dexterity, strength and fine motor skills. This is needed for performing other OTA procedures and/or skills.
  7. Reliable personal transportation and the ability to attend all classroom and clinical experiences, both on and off campus.
  8. A normal level of health and immunity. Has the ability to tolerate immunizations and to work with a wide variety of potentially contagious patients.
  9. Eligibility to meet the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners Requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, passing a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. (Please be aware that some criminal history or psychiatric illnesses may preclude an individual from licensure eligibility.) Some clinical sites or health care facilities may have more stringent rules regarding citizenship, which may preclude non-citizens from completing those clinical experiences.
  10. Ability to function safely and professionally under various stressful conditions.