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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long is the program?
  2. Will I be able to work while I am in school?
  3. When do I need to complete my prerequisite courses?
  4. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college? Is there a preference?
  5. Can I take prerequisite courses at your institution?
  6. What undergraduate majors do you recommend to be a more competitive applicant?
  7. I have a question about a prerequisite course, what should I do?
  8. Do you offer financial aid? Where can I find scholarship information?
  9. Does ASHS have on campus housing?
  10. How many hours of experience do I need? How do I document hours?
  11. What are the clinical opportunities in the program?
  12. I’d like to visit campus, who should I contact?
  13. Why do you require contact hours with an occupational therapist as part of the admission requirements?
  14. When do you start accepting applications for the upcoming fall admission class?
  15. How many students do you usually admit each year?

Answers:

  1. How long is the program?
    The OT program is 28 months, full-time, continuous, in length.

  2. Will I be able to work while I am in school?
    Some students manage to work part-time while enrolled in the program. Job flexibility is extremely desirable.

  3. When do I need to complete my prerequisite courses?
    Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning classes at ATSU.

  4. Can I take prereq’s at a community college? Is there a preference?
    You may take your prerequisite courses at the community college, and there is no preference.

  5. Can I take prereq’s at your institution?
    No, prerequisites are to be taken at a community college and/or 4 year university. Our courses are only open to students enrolled in our programs.

  6. What undergraduate majors do you recommend to be a more competitive applicant?
    A student may have any degree, as long as all admissions requirements and prerequisite courses are fulfilled. There is no preference for any particular major.

  7. I have a question about a prerequisite course, what should I do?
    You may contact the OT department at 480-219-6070 to make an academic advising appointment, or simply fax us your transcript at 480-219-6100 for an academic advisor to review. Please include name, contact info, and your specific questions.

  8. Do you offer financial aid? Where can I find scholarship information?
    Yes, we offer financial aid to our students. Please click here for more information.

  9. Does ASHS have on campus housing?
    We do not have on campus housing, however we do assist students in finding housing and roommate matching. Please click here for more information.

  10. How many hours of experience do I need? How do I document hours?
    You are required to have 20 hours of observation with an OT. Observation hours in multiple settings are recommended. This will be documented on your application.

  11. What are the clinical opportunities in the program?
    We have over 250 clinical sites throughout the US, in a variety of both rural and urban settings.

  12. I’d like to visit campus, who should I contact?
    Contact the admissions office at admissions@atsu.edu to set up a visit to campus, or you may call 480-219-6070. We look forward to sharing information with you about our OT program!
  13. Why do you require contact hours with an occupational therapist as part of the admission requirements?
    Exposure to various settings provides students with an enriched understanding of the role of OT with different age groups, different healthcare systems and different diagnoses.  In addition, this experience is advantageous to students to reinforce their selection of this profession prior to commencing the program and making the financial commitment.
  14. When do you start accepting applications for the upcoming fall admission class?
    Applications are accepted beginning in late September and continues until the class is filled.
  15. How many students do you usually admit each year?
    Each year we target accepting 30 students.  Our goal is to keep class size small to enable us to give the    individual attention to each student.  An alternate list is maintained to fill any last minute open slots.