Frequently Asked Questions
The following Q & A may be used as a guide to help you through the OTA application process.
Q. How do I schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor?
A. Students should call or email their CAS, SPS, or NHP academic advisor to make an appointment.
Q. Where do I send my transcripts from previously attended institutions?
A. Transcripts are sent to Trinity’s Admissions Office.
Q. What other information is attached to the OTA application?
A. (1) Student Information Form
(2) Signed Student Acknowledgement Form
(3) OTA Essay
(4) Signed Form A: Time Sheet (16 observation hours)
(5) Form B: Journal Reflections
Q. What is an OTA Essay?
A. The OTA Essay is a one page, double-spaced document designed to “let us know more about you”! Please respond to the following questions citing references using APA style.
Why you are interested in studying occupational therapy at Trinity Washington University? How does your interest in OT relate to your future goals? What experiences or ideas shaped your decision to pursue a career as an occupational therapy assistant and how will your career decision advance the principles of social or occupational justice?
Q. Where should I obtain OT observation hours?
A. You may observe an OT or an OTA in any type of facility in the Washington Metro Area to include private or public schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, acute care hospitals, private practice. Below are a few suggestions for facilities in Washington, DC, but there are many more in surrounding states such as Virginia and Maryland.
*Please remember your observation must be with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant not an occupational therapy aide or rehabilitation aide.
Area hospitals include:
Washington Hospital Center
Howard University Hospital
George Washington Hospital
The Nation’s Children’s Hospital: Children’s National Medical Center
Area Rehabilitation Centers include:
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Hospital for Sick Children
Area Sub-Acute Facilities include:
The Washington Home
Area Skilled Nursing Facilities include:
Hadley Hospital Skilled Nursing
Rock Creek Manor
Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home
Area Nursing Homes include:
Knoll wood Nursing Home
Lisner-Louise- Dickson-Hurt Home
Capitol Hill Nursing Center
Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation
Health and Rehabilitation Center at Thomas Circle
Ingleside at Rock Creek
Specialty Hospital of Washington- Hadley Skilled Nursing Facility
United Medical Nursing Home
Q. What is the purpose of the OTA clinical observations?
A. Observations will introduce you to OT practitioners in the DC area as well as help you understand the occupational therapy profession.