Occupational Therapy Assistant


Program Outcomes

Program Description

The AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a one-plus degree program that prepares students to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. North Central Missouri College (NCMC) is one of five colleges in Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC)currently offering this program. NCMC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework: sophomore level (professional level) coursework typically originates from a classroom at any of the five campuses, and is conveyed to students via interactive television and internet-based technology. Through the combination of general education and professional level coursework, classroom and laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork experiences, students will learn the profession of occupational therapy assistant. The professional year does not run on a traditional NCMC academic cycle. Classes begin in the fall semester and will run until the next fall semester of the following year. Completion of professional course work takes one full year.

What is an OTA?

An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) works with an occupational therapist (OT) to treat patients who have difficulty performing work and daily living activities due to illnesses, injuries and disabilities. OTA’s help clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaches them how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier. An OTA works under an OT’s supervision by recording the patient’s progress and reporting back to the OT. OTA’s work in different work environments including: office of physical, occupational, and speech therapists; nursing and residential care facilities; state, local and private hospitals; educational services; and/or home health services.

General Information

  • On-campus classroom instruction at NCMC (1-2 days/week, fall & spring semesters)
  • On-campus laboratory instruction in Sedalia (1 day/week in fall & spring semesters)
  • Off-campus fieldwork component (2 days/week in fall & spring semesters and 5 days/week in summer semester)
    • Determined by OTA faculty
  • In addition, will travel to Sedalia, MO 3-4 times during the fall & spring semesters to participate in “centralized lab sessions” which brings all five campuses’ together
  • This program runs from August to August
  • Application Deadline: March 1 each year for the August start date
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required in the general education coursework to be accepted into the OTA program
  • Minimum of “C” or above required in general education courses
  • Anatomy & Physiology must be taken within last 5 years
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Cost
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Application Process
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum
  • Informational Video about OTA
  • Federally Required Disclosure on State Licensing Requirements: This program is designed to prepare students to meet Missouri licensure or certification requirements for employment. To ensure that we provide only accurate and current information, NCMC has not made a determination as to whether this program meets all current licensure or certification requirements for other states or U.S. territories. Students intending to work in other states are strongly encouraged to verify licensing and certification requirements with the appropriate state board.


The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Following successful completion of coursework and passing of the certification exam, individuals will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Even with successful coursework completion students may be prohibited from sitting for the NBCOT Certification Exam if they have a felony conviction. In Missouri, state licensure is required in order to practice and acquisition of a license is contingent upon passing the NBCOT Certification Exam. For more information regarding accreditation, please contact the American Occupational Therapy Association:

ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-2682 | TDD (800) 377-8555

[email protected]

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NCMC Contact Information

kristi cutsinger

Kristi Cutsinger, MBA

Program Coordinator of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
(660) 357-6284
[email protected]

OTA Contact

Brett Butler, MFA, BA, COTA/L

MHPC OTA Program Director
State Fair Community College
Fielding 263
3201 West 16th St
Sedalia, MO 65301
[email protected]