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1. When do I need to apply to the Program?

Applications for the program are  accepted until September 15 of the current year.  If after this date, please contact the OTA office for current application information. Be sure you have also applied to Newman University (on-line, by mail, or in person) and have been fully admitted into the University by that date. This takes a little time, so... don’t wait!

2. How long does it take to graduate, and what kind of a degree do I get?

2 years, not including pre-requisites (Gen. Psychology, College Writing 1, College Algebra, Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology). You will be earning an Associate of Science in Health Science (A.S.H.S.) degree with a concentration in OTA.

3. How hard is it to get accepted?

We typically receive about 40 applications (varies each year) and accept up to 25. If you fill out the application forms very carefully according to the printed directions, have successfully completed or are enrolled in all five pre-requisites, have at least a 2.5 over-all GPA, have good grammar, spelling, and sentence construction skills, and score well on the other two Wonderlic tests, your chances of being accepted are pretty good. (See Applicant Handbook for more information about testing).

4. Do I need to take my pre-requisites at Newman?

No. Virtually all the required pre-requisites and gen. eds. can be taken elsewhere. But of course, we feel courses taken at Newman prepare you for the necessary academic rigor needed for the program.  Using this tool, Approved Transfer Courses, you can verify which courses will transfer to Newman.  

5. Do I need to take all of the co-requisites and general education courses before beginning OTA courses?

No. Unlike some other health care programs, only five courses must be completed before beginning OTA studies. They will not need to be completed at the time of application, but must be completed with a “C” or better—and transcripts sent to Newman—before starting OTA courses.

6. Is getting an Associate’s in OTA required before getting a Master’s in OT?

No. But for some students, it’s a good route to take—especially if they can’t leave Wichita & vicinity right now. See the listing of “Educational Programs for OTAs seeking OT Degrees.”

7. When is Newman going to start an OT Master’s program?

The need for OTRs in the Wichita area is great. However, there is currently no concrete plan or timeline for starting a Master's OT program at Newman. You might wish to ask about NU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology, concentration in Pre-OT if you prefer to apply to various national OT graduate programs.

8. What do OTAs get paid?

OTAs are well paid, but salaries vary widely from one type of institution (hospital, school, nursing home) to another, and are generally higher in rural areas and in cities where no OTA educational program exists. See the Dept. of Labor “Occupational Outlook” web site for the latest figures.

9. Are there any jobs?

Nationally, the market is going through some changes.  With the COVID -19 economic impact and a recent change in insurance reimbursement models in skilled nursing facilities and home health, demand for OTA's has decreased slightly.   However, demand for OTAs varies geographically, as well as practice areas and is higher in outlying areas than it is in Wichita and close vicinity.

10. I’m over 30 years old. Will I feel comfortable being in class with all those young people?

Not a problem. The majority of OTA students—locally and nationally—are “non-traditional” aged.

11. What percentage of NU OTA graduates pass the OTA national board exam on the first try?

Newman’s annual board exam pass rates for graduates are excellent.  Current pass rate  information is posted on our web site. See the NU OTA Applicant Handbook for information about eligibility to sit for the NBCOT exam and become licensed to practice in the State of Kansas.