Occupational Therapy Assistant


Program Outcomes

Program Description

The AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a one-plus-one degree program which 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) currently selected to offer the program coordinated through the University of Missouri. NCMC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework; sophomore level (professional level) coursework is taught by faculty from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is conveyed to NCMC students via interactive television (ITV) and Internet-based technology.

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, spring & summer semesters)
    • On-campus laboratory instruction in Sedalia, MO (1 day/week in spring & summer)
    • Off-campus fieldwork component (2 days/week in spring & summer and 5 days/week in fall)
      • Determined by OTA faculty
    • In addition, will travel to Columbia, MO 3-4 times during the spring and summer semesters to participate in “centralized lab” sessions which brings all five campus’s together
    • This is a 12 month program – January to December
    • Application Deadline: May 31
    • 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
    • Accreditation: The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the accrediting body 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 (AOTA):

ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-2682/TDD (800) 377-8555

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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

OTA Contact

Jacquelyn Sample, DrOT, M.Ed., OTR/L

Program Director
MHPC OTA Program
201 Business Loop 70W
127 AP Green Building
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 884-5689

Michelle Lovell

Administrative Assistant
MHPC OTA Program
201 Business Loop 70W
127 AP Green Building
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 884-5689