If you are interested in the OTA program, we encourage you to start putting your application together as soon as possible as this program has a “rolling enrollment” and admission is limited to 26 students per year. This means applications are processed as soon as they are complete. Use the checklist below to ensure all parts of your application are completed.
1) GENERAL APPLICATION TO LATI
2) ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
3) ACADEMIC APTITUDE – Test Scores
ACT scores (if you have them), if not, schedule an appointment with the LATI Admissions Office (1-800-657-4344 or 605-882-5284) for the Accuplacer Next Gen test. There is no fee for this test and it may be scheduled Monday through Friday or select Saturday appointments. Check with the Admissions Office for those dates and for summer test dates.
Due to the intensity and healthcare skills requirements of the OTA profession, these test scores are reviewed to determine reading comprehension aptitude. An ACT reading score of 18, Accuplacer score of 83 or Accuplacer Next Gen score of 255 is considered competitive for entry into this program. Scores lower than these will be considered in relation to the applicant’s other attributes (academic experience, writing sample and professional/volunteer experience) as determined by the OTA program admission formula.
4) WRITING SAMPLE
Applicants should explain their current understanding of the OTA profession by responding to questions. Demonstrating individual exploration of the profession is expected. Due to the professional requirements of documentation for reimbursement, vocabulary, grammar and spelling are examined in addition to content/knowledge.
5) PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Paid or volunteer experience with high need populations is not required but does create a stronger application for consideration of admission. High need populations include but are not limited to elderly, children, homeless individuals, decreased mental or physical functioning individuals, people dealing with injury or disease,…etc.