OTA Readmission Requirements

Readmission Policy

Students may be readmitted to the OTA Program ONLY ONE time. An application for readmission must be completed and submitted to the program prior to the anticipated entry date. A student may reenter the OTA program within two years of withdrawal to be considered for advanced placement in the program. OTA courses taken two or more years prior to readmission will have to be repeated. In cases of significant curriculum revision, courses taken less than two years prior to readmission may have to be repeated. Students who are readmitted may be retested in the basic skills up to the withdrawal point in the program to assure competency in didactic information and practical skills.

Applicants for readmission will be accepted on a space available basis and must meet the following admission criteria:

Health Certification:

1. Must be completely redone if the student is out of the Program two or more long semesters (Fall and Spring).
2. A tuberculosis skin test must be done annually (chest films are good for two years).

CPR Certification:

1. Certification is good for two calendar years. The student must maintain a current CPR certification while enrolled in the OTA Program.
2. If the current certification expires prior to the anticipated graduation date, the student will be required to complete another CPR course while in the program.
3. Failure to maintain a current CPR certification will result in immediate withdrawal from all clinical courses, and dismissal from the program.

Criminal Background Checks:

1. Must be completely redone if the student is out of the Program for two long semesters (Fall and Spring).

Readmission after the first semester in the program:

Any student who previously was accepted and initiated taking courses in the OTA Program, but withdrew or did not successfully complete the courses in the first semester of the program, will not be eligible for advanced placement. This student will need to apply to the program and will be considered for admission with the pool of "new" applicants for the fall semester. Readmission is on a space available basis and is not guaranteed.

Readmission with unsatisfactory grades:

Any student who leaves the program because of unsatisfactory grades, has the options to apply to reenter the program and repeat the unsatisfactorily completed course(s). Students who wish to exercise this option, MUST make an appointment with the program director at least ONE SEMESTER prior to the anticipated entry date. The student and program director will develop an Educational Plan to focus on remediation of skills. This plan must be completed prior to the start of the semester the student is to take courses. Students who exercise this option are advised that courses in the Occupational Therapy Program are only offered once a year. Therefore, the student must wait one year to re-attempt courses. Students who successfully complete repeated courses will be allowed to continue in the program from the point in the curriculum where they originally exited. Readmission options can only be used one time.

Licensure Requirement

If an applicant has been convicted, had an adjudication withheld, or has any criminal charges pending against him or her other than a minor traffic violation, the applicant will need to get approval from the NBCOT and the Florida Department of Health of Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.


Readmission Application

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