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Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.

Department: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Total Credit Hours: 75 credits

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 (35 credits)
Communication ENG 101
ENG 102 
ENG 115 or
ENG 125
SPE 101
English Composition I
English Composition II or
Technical Writing or
Business Writing
Oral Communications
3
3

3
Social Science PSY 101
PSY 210
HIS/POL
Intro to Psychology
Human Growth & Development
History/ Political Science
3
3
3
Natural Science BIO 250A/250B
BIO 251A/251B
BIO 270
Anatomy & Physiology I*
Anatomy & Physiology II**
Kinesiology**
4
4
3
Humanities Any ARBART, BUS/CPT 105, EDU 125, FRN, GRMLIT, MUS, PHL, SPN, or THE 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (40 credits)
OTA 100 Fundamentals of OTA I 4
OTA 103 Adaptive Activities I 2
OTA 102/112 Fundamentals of OTA II & Lab 4
OTA 104/114 Adaptive Activities II & Lab 2
OTA 203/213 Fundamentals of OTA III & Lab 5
OTA 204/214 Fundamentals of OTA IV & Lab 4
OTA 207/217 Health & Disease & Lab 4
OTA 209 Health Occupations Seminar 2
OTA 218 Adaptive Living Skills Lab 4
OTA 210 OTA Practicum I 4
OTA 211 OTA Practicum II 4
OTA 298 OTA Capstone 1
Total Required Hours: 75 credits

* Pre-requisite must be completed (High School Biology or Equivalent)

** Pre-requisite is required (BIO 250A/250B- Anatomy and Physiology I)

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (7 credits) - Summer Semester
BIO 250A/250B Anatomy & Physiology I * 4
ENG 101 English Composition 3
Second Semester (15 credits) - Fall Semester
BIO 270 Kinesiology ** 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
OTA 100 Fundamentals of OTA I 4
OTA 103 Adaptive Activities I 2
Third Semester (17 credits) - Spring Semester
BIO 251A/251B Anatomy & Physiology II ** 4
ENG 102
ENG 115 or
ENG 125
English Composition II or
Technical Writing or
Business Writing
3
OTA 102/112 Fundamentals of OTA II & Lab 4
OTA 104/114 Adaptive Activities II & Lab 2
OTA 207/217 Health & Disease & Lab 4
Fourth Semester (9 credits) - Summer Semester
HIS 101
HIS 102
HIS 115
HIS 270
POL 101 or
POL 102
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
Fifth Semester (18 credits) - Fall Semester
OTA 203/213 Fundamentals of OTA III & Lab 5
OTA 204/214 Fundamentals of OTA IV & Lab 4
OTA 218 Adaptive Living Skills Lab 4
OTA 209 Health Occupations Seminar 2
HUM Any ARBART, BUS/CPT 105, EDU 125, FRN, GRMLIT, MUS, PHL, SPN, or THE 3
Sixth Semester (9 credits) - Spring Semester
OTA 210 OTA Practicum I 4
OTA 211 OTA Practicum II 4
OTA 298 OTA Capstone 1
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 75 credits

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Francie Woods,
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