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Occupational Therapy

OTA BS Application Process    

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Steps for Application

  1. Begin completing the required OT activities to be documented and included in the portfolio.
  2. Construct portfolio using the guidelines provided. NOTE: Submission of the portfolio includes a $55.00 application fee receipt and a passport-type photograph.  
  3. Submit portfolio to the Occupational Therapy Department, located in Caldwell 111, no later than November 3, 2023 at 12:00 noon.  LATE PORTFOLIOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.    
  4.  Monitor the OTA Web site for announcements regarding the dates for the on-campus interviews and writing sessions.      

NOTE: Applicants who acknowledge a felony conviction are warned that the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners may bar persons with a felony record from taking the certification examination or from state licensure.

You may contact these organizations for further information:   

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
      (an Early Determination review is available)   

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners


If you have any questions regarding these procedures for completing the application process, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Perodeau at 318-342-1769 or perodeau@ulm.edu. 

Notification of Admission Status

Emails will be sent based on ranking offering either admission, placement on an alternate list, or non-acceptance. Those who are accepted must respond in writing accepting admission according to the guidelines provided in the email sent by the program.

Individual advising will be provided, if requested, for those students not accepted into the professional program, in order to plan for the student's success in meeting their academic goals. 

No information about admissions will be given out, except by letter to the student. 


Preparation for Spring Semester

For Spring registration, all students should plan two schedules or plans of action that would accommodate either acceptance or non-acceptance. Adjustments to Spring schedules can be made through online registration as soon as admission status is determined.

Student Withdrawal of Application

If the student chooses to withdraw their application for any reason, this withdrawal must be made in writing to the Occupational Therapy office.