Apply to the OTA Program

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for acceptance to the OTA Program you must:

  • Be fully admitted to Middle Georgia State University by May 15 th (this will require submission of all academic transcripts). Apply to MGA and ensure that you are a current student for the fall semester.
  • Successfully complete any required university placement tests and learning support courses.
  • Complete BIOL 1114k (Anatomy and Physiology I) with a letter grade of “C” or better.
  • Complete an additional 8 credit hours of the required core courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students must earn a letter grade of “C” or better in all required courses. (Total completed credit hours must equal 12 or more. To view the OTA Program curriculum, please visit the Academic Catalog. Students with Academic Renewal status must complete at least 12 credit hours before the AR-GPA is considered.)
  • Students may have no more than one unsuccessful attempt in any health science program.
  • Completed OTACAS Application by 11:59pm on May 15 th .

Note : The OTA Program has developed an “Essential Competencies Policy” which states: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures the qualified applicant with a disability has the opportunity to pursue program admission at public institutions. To determine whether an individual is a qualified applicant for programs or services, the ADA states that applicants must meet essential competency requirements. Essential competencies include critical thinking, communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, visual, hearing, and tactile abilities. The ability to observe, collect data and treat a patient independently, while ensuring patient safety at all times is an expectation of the OTA Program at Middle Georgia State University for all students. A list of essential competencies and explanations is available here.

Application Process

**OTA Program Application will open in OTACAS on September 15 th of each year**

The OTA Program admissions process will be managed through the Occupational Therapy Assistant Centralized Application Service (OTACAS). If you are using OTACAS for the first time, you will need to create an account before you can apply to the OTA Program at MGA. If you are using OTACAS to apply to other programs, please note that the MGA OTA Program has specific requirements. Only those applications that follow the specific instructions will be considered complete in OTACAS and progress to being reviewed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the instructions for submitting an application through OTACAS (available on the OTACAS website) before attempting to apply to the OTA Program.

The deadline for applications to be submitted through OTACAS is May 15th .

Each cohort will begin in August (Fall Semester).

If you are taking courses during the Spring semester that you intend to transfer to MGA, you may be offered admission based on acceptable completion of the courses. An applicant who is accepted on the basis of course work still in progress must satisfactorily complete all outstanding courses prior to enrollment in OTA courses. If taking courses outside MGA, a final transcript must be received by MGA no later than May 31st that indicates completion of all pre-requisite courses with a letter grade of “C” or higher.

OTA Application Tips and Checklist

  • Create an account with OTACAS and add the Middle Georgia State University OTA Program to your list.
  • Complete the OTACAS application in its entirety and submit fee ($25) to OTACAS.
  • Prepare to submit the following through OTACAS:
    • Unofficial academic transcripts
    • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation (You will be prompted by OTACAS to provide contact emails for your chosen references. Each person providing a reference will be contacted using the email address you provide.)
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Complete official Middle Georgia State University application. *Note: If any prerequisite or core courses are in progress at the time of the application deadline, a final transcript must be received by the MGA Office of the Registrar no later than May 31 st. Transcripts received after this date will not be evaluated and your eligibility for acceptance to the OTA Program may be affected. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 478.934.3036 if you have questions concerning your transcript status. Members of the OTA faculty and staff will not be able to answer questions regarding receipt of transcripts.
  • Ensure that the OTACAS Prerequisite Section is completed.  
  • Please make use of the “Check Status” option at the top of the OTACAS dashboard. When your application status is “Complete”, you are done. It is your responsibility to monitor the progress of application components. Please contact OTACAS using the “Help Center” feature in the application portal if you have questions as to why your status has not moved to “Complete”. The OTA faculty and staff will not be able to see your application until it has been moved to “Complete” and will therefore not be able to help you with this process.
  • Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time in case of issues with your application. If you wait to submit your application on May 15 th and there is a problem with your application, you will not be eligible for review for admission during that application cycle.

It is the student’s responsibility to understand and utilize the OTACAS application portal. If assistance is needed or you have any questions about the status of an application, more information can be found here: OTACAS Applicant Help Center.

Admissions Timeline

  • Application Deadline: May 15 th (OTACAS application must indicate “Complete”).
  • Notifications of acceptance status delivered via email: June 15 th (approximately)
  • Applicants accepted into the program must notify the program of their intent to accept their position in the program by the date indicated in the acceptance email. Failure to confirm will result in forfeiture of the position.

Any questions concerning the OTA application process should be directed to .

Apply to the OTA Program with OTACAS