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Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)

The AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a one-plus-one degree program that prepares students to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. NCMC is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) that offers the OTA program. NCMC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework during their freshman year. The sophomore level (professional level) coursework is taught by SFCC faculty utilizing Zoom.

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. OTAs 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. OTAs 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.


Must complete pre-requisite courses prior to beginning the OTA Program with a “C” or above

First Year

First Semester

BI240Anatomy (within the last 5 years)4
SP175Speech OR
SP220Interpersonal Communications3
EN101*English 13
PY121General Psychology3
HI103*American History to 1877 OR
HI104*American History Since 1877 OR
PL216*National Government3

Second Semester

BI242**Physiology (within the last 5 years)4
PY233**Human Growth & Development3
AH160Basic Medical Terminology3
MT110*Intermediate Algebra3
General Education Elective (any gen. ed. not already in curriculum)3
  • *Testing Required
  • **These courses require another course to be taken prior
  • Dual credit/Transfer credit – This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. If you have taken courses at other colleges, you will need to provide official transcripts to NCMC.
  • Developmental Studies – This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses. You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.

OTA Courses

Once accepted into the OTA Program, you will take the following courses.

First Year

First Semester

OT200Foundations of Occupational Therapy4
OT205Medical Conditions in Occupational Therapy3
OT210Analysis Of Occupations2
OT215Mental Health and Psychosocial Practice4
OT220Pediatric and Adolescent Practice4

Second Semester

OT250Functional Kinesiology2
OT255Physical Disabilities Practice4
OT260Community Practice3
OT265Ethics, Management, and Leadership3
OT270Professional Skills Capstone3

Third Semester

OT290Level II A Fieldwork8
OT295Physical Disabilities Practice8

Program Contact Information

Kristi Cutsinger, MBA

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

OTA Contact Information

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]

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