Admission Criteria

Notice: The McLennan Community College Occupational Therapy Program will not be accepting applications for the January 2021 class. Information regarding applications and admission criteria will be updated this fall.

The next OTA application deadline will be June 1, 2021 to begin the program in Fall 2021.

Mail application materials to:

OTA Program
CSC Building, Room C116
McLennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, Texas 76708

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements that must be met at the time of application to be eligible for consideration:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Must be TSI complete
  • Previously completed or actively enrolled in all pre-requisites
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite and co-requisite courses
  • Must have a minimum grade of C or better in all pre-requisites and co-requisites
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency as met through The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students must have a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 83 with a minimum score of 20 in each Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. TOEFL results are valid only up to two years from the testing date; scores more than two years old will not be considered. TOEFL score reports must be sent directly from the testing center to the OTA Program Director.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development
  • HPRS 1206 Medical Terminology
  • ENGL 1301 Composition I

Corequisite Courses:

  • BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 3-Credit Hour Humanities Course

*Course may be taken as a corequisite.

Applications will be evaluated and scored according to the scoring rubric. After the applications and preliminary scores are completed, the Health Professions Admissions Committee will meet to approve the admission of students to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

The program will begin in the spring semester of each year. If you are taking prerequisite courses during the fall semester, the final grade status of each course must be submitted to the OTA program director no later than noon of the last Friday of the MCC fall semester. A final decision regarding program acceptance will be made following receipt of the grades.

Applicants must complete 40 hours of volunteer work or work experience in two different settings (20 hours each setting), using the McLennan OTA Occupational Therapy Experience form. Applications will not be accepted without these forms. Applicants must also submit two (2) Basic Workplace Skills Assessment forms with the application materials. One form must be completed by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. The other form may be completed by another reference (e.g. supervisor, teacher, employer, etc.).

Examples of occupational therapy settings:

  • Acute care hospital inpatient occupational therapy
  • Outpatient occupational therapy
  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital
  • Mental health inpatient or outpatient setting
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Home health occupational therapy

To be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must submit all completed application materials in the OTA office by the deadline. This includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Transcripts (including MCC)
  • Two Workplace Skills Assessment forms
  • Two Occupational Therapy Experience forms (documentation of volunteer hours)
  • Verification of attendance at an OTA Program General Information Session (form received at time of attendance)

Additionally, applicants must complete all admission requirements for McLennan Community College.

Note: All applicants must submit an entirely new application packet EACH time they apply to the program. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission into the OTA program.

Background Check Requirement

Once accepted to McLennan Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students are required to have a criminal background check performed before attending clinical rotations at area health care facilities. If you have any criminal convictions, you should contact the program director for further advising.

NOTE: A felony (or certain misdemeanor) conviction may affect your ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or get a state license to practice as an OTA. A graduate who is not allowed by NBCOT to take the certification exam because of a felony conviction probably cannot obtain a Texas license as an OTA. Assistance with a felony conviction can be obtained through NBCOT and or Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.

It is the sincere desire of the faculty that you are able to enter the program and have a satisfying experience as a student, as well as enjoy a rewarding career in Occupational Therapy. Criminal background checks are performed for the safety of the patients, visitors and workers in the hospitals and treatment areas.

Please do not hesitate to contact the program director or program faculty if you have any questions regarding criminal background checks.

Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant