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 sophmore 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.
- General Education courses taken at NCMC
- Virtual Classroom utilizing Zoom
- On-campus laboratory instruction in Sedalia (1 day/week in fall & spring semesters)
- Off-Campus clinical rotations
- Determined by OTA faculty
- Minimum pre-requisite GPA required is 2.5
- Minimum of “C” or above required in general education courses
- Anatomy & Physiology must be taken within last 5 years
- Informational Video about OTA
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Application
- 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.
Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS degree, the graduate will be eligible to:
•Sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam. Upon passing the exam, graduates will be qualified to apply for Missouri licensure to deliver occupation therapy services to a variety of clients across the life span and in a variety of practice settings.
• Graduates of the program will have experience in and be qualified to deliver entry-level occupational therapy services to clients focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful activities. Skills will include utilization of clinical reasoning appropriate to the OTA role, transmission of the values and beliefs of ethical practice, and competence in order to meet career responsibilities and the client’s occupational needs
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 AOTA.
American Occupational Therapy Association:
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
Program Contact Information
Kristi Cutsinger, MBA
Program Coordinator of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
OTA Contact Information
Brett Butler, MFA, BA, COTA/L
MHPC OTA Program Director
State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th St
Sedalia, MO 65301