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Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.

Department: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Total Credit Hours: 75 credits

What Is Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.?

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is on a selective basis. Because of the academic demand of a curriculum that prepares graduates to take a national certification examination, applicants must meet certain academic standards.

Plan coursework and apply for the OTA program with an allied health counselor. Connect by calling 636-922-8720 or emailing alliedhealth@stchas.edu.

Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program once you have completed the following steps:

  1. SCC Student: Apply to SCC.
  2. Official College Transcripts: Submit official college transcripts from previously-attended colleges. Submit a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credits to Enrollment Services (ADM 1113).
  3. SCC Assessment Tests: Complete any developmental coursework you assess into (includes RDG, ENG 095/096, MAT 096/098, and ESL equivalents).
  4. GPA: Earn minimum 2.75/4.0 scale on at least 15 hours of college-level coursework
  5. Coursework: Complete English Composition I and Beginning Algebra (or equivalents) with a B or better.
    1. If you assessed out of either course, speak with an allied health counselor to determine application eligibility.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Many states, including Missouri, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

Note: Clinical facilities require criminal background checks, drug screenings, child abuse clearance checks, etc. in order for students to participate in fieldwork activities and rotations. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or may prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice. Student may wish to contact the program coordinator for additional information prior to enrolling in a program of study. Information obtained through various screening procedures may prevent entry into the OTA program.

Note: All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) are in high demand because patients stay less time in the hospital, and people in general live longer and survive catastrophic illness and accidents. Additionally, the importance of people with chronic conditions being able to remain well and in the community is of growing interest in our communities and nationwide. The OTA is uniquely qualified to help address these vital issues facing our world today. As a result, more people are finding the need for OT services. As changes in healthcare continue, the need for OTAs will continue to rise.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working as occupational therapy assistants earn a median annual wage of $59,310. 
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Occupational Therapy Careers

One of the greatest advantages of a career as an occupational therapy assistant is the wide variety of opportunities available to graduates. Many occupational therapy assistants choose to help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood—learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome. Occupational therapy assistants also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and nursing homes. In these settings, they help people with traumatic injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, or mental health problems learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful occupations.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (28 credits)
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102  English Composition II  3
COM 101 or Oral Communications  3
COM 106 Public Speaking
Social Science PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
Any HIS or Any History Course 3
Any POL Any Political Science Course
Math MAT 147 Statistics- Allied Health 4
Humanities Any ARB or Any Arabic Course  3
Any ART or Any ART Course 
Any FRN or Any French Course 
Any GRM or Any German Course 
Any LIT or Any Literature Course 
Any MUS or Any Music Course 
Any PHL or Any Philosophy Course 
Any SPN or Any Spanish Course 
Any THE or Any Theatre Course 
BUS/CPT 105 or Business Ethics/Ethics in Technology 
EDU 125 Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (47 credits)
OTA 105 Fundamentals of OTA I 12
OTA 115 Applied Kinesiology 0
OTA 125 Occupation Based Activities I 0
OTA 106 Fundamentals of OTA II 12
OTA 116 Applied A & P for Health & Disease 0
OTA 126 Occupation Based Activities II 0
OTA 205 Fundamentals of OTA III 13
OTA 215 Prof Development/Clinical Competency 0
OTA 225 Occupation Based Activities III 0
OTA 226 OTA Practicum I 4
OTA 227 OTA Practicum II 4
OTA 206 OTA Capstone 2
Total Required Hours: 75 credits

Suggested Schedule Planning

1st Semester (21 credits) - Gen Ed Course
***Can sub other education course in final semester based on students preference
HIS 101 or US History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or US History since 1877 
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945 
HIS 270 or History of Missouri 
POL 101 or American Government 
POL 102 State & Local Government
COM 101 or Oral Communications  3
COM 106 Public Speaking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Second Semester (12 credits) - Foundations of OT Theory & Practice
OTA 105 Fundamentals of OTA I 12
OTA 115 Applied Kinesiology/Functional A&P 0
OTA 125 Occupation Based Activities I 0
3rd Semester (16 credits) - Fundamentals of OT Assessment & intervention
OTA 106 Fundamentals of OTA I 12
OTA 116 Applied A&P in Health & Disease 0
OTA 126 Occupation Based Activities II 0
MAT 147 Statistics- Allied Health 4
4th Semester (13 credits) - Fundamentals of OT Practice: Understanding Clinical Competency
OTA 205 Fundamentals of OTA III 13
OTA 215 Professional Development/Clinical Competency 0
OTA 225 Occupation Based Activities III 0
5th Semester (13 credits) - Level II FW: Establishing Entry Level Competency
OTA 206 Capstone 2
OTA 226 OTA Practicum I 4
OTA 227 OTA Practicum II 4
Humanities ARB, ART, FRN, GRM, LIT, MUS, PHL, SPN, THE, BUS/CPT 105 or EDU 125 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 75 credits

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