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Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.

Department: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Total Credit Hours: 75 credits

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.

OTAs work in collaboration with a Registered Occupational Therapist, as members of an interdisciplinary team, and with patients of all ages and abilities in a wide variety of practice settings.

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.

Students must make an appointment (636-922-8246) with a career counselor to plan course work and to apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

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.

Average annual salary in Missouri range from $48,000-$55,000.

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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814. AOTE's phone number c/o 301-652-AOTA 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.

40%
Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides are projected to grow 40% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (28 credits)
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102  English Composition II  3
SPE 101 or Oral Communications or 3
SPE 102 Public Speaking
Social Science PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
Any HIS or Any History or 3
Any POL Any Political Science
Math MAT 147 Statistics- Allied Health 4
Humanities Any ARB or Any Arabic Course or 3
Any ART or Any ART Course or
Any FRN or Any French Course or
Any GRM or Any German Course or
Any LIT or Any Literature Course or
Any MUS or Any Music Course or
Any PHL or Any Philosophy Course or
Any SPN or Any Spanish Course or
Any THE or Any Theatre Course or
BUS/CPT 105 or Ethics in Technology or
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
OTA 125 Occupation Based Activities I
OTA 106 Fundamentals of OTA II 12
OTA 116 Applied A & P for Health & Disease
OTA 126 Occupation Based Activities II
OTA 205 Fundamentals of OTA III 13
OTA 215 Prof Development/Clinical Competency
OTA 225 Occupation Based Activities III
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

CourseTitleCredits
1st Semester (12 credits) - Foundations of OT Theory & Practice
OTA 105 Fundamentals of OTA I 12
OTA 115 Applied Kinesiology/Functional A&P
OTA 125 Occupation Based Activities I
Second Semester (16 credits) - Fundamentals of OT Assessment & Intervention
OTA 106 Fundamentals of OTA I 12
OTA 116 Applied A&P in Health & Disease
OTA 126 Occupation Based Activities II
MAT 147 Statistics- Allied Health 4
3rd Semester (13 credits) - Fundamentals of OT Practice: Understanding Clinical Competency
OTA 205 Fundamentals of OTA III 13
OTA 215 Professional Development/Clinical Competency
OTA 225 Occupation Based Activities III
4th 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
5th Semester (18 credits) - Remaining Gen Ed Coursework
*** Can sub other general education course in final semester based on student's preference
HIS 101 or US History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or US History since 1877 or
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
SPE 101 or Oral Communications or 3
SPE 102 Public Speaking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 75 credits

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