|General Education Requirements (19 credits)|
|Math||MAT 105 or higher||Applied Math or higher||3|
|Communication||ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|COM 101 or||Oral Communications||3|
|COM 104 or||Small Group Communication|
|COM 110||Interpersonal Communication|
|Social Science||PSY 101||Intro to Psychology||3|
|PSY 210||Human Growth & Development||3|
|HIS 101 or||US History to 1877||3|
|HIS 102 or||US History since 1877|
|POL 101||American Government|
|COL 101||College Success Seminar||1|
|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: 66 credits|
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Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.
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Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.
Department: Occupational Therapy Assistant
Total Credit Hours: 66 credits
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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 advisor. Connect by calling 636-922-8720 or emailing email@example.com.
Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program once you have completed the following steps:
- SCC Student: Apply to SCC.
- Official College Transcripts: Submit official college transcripts from previously attended colleges. Submit the "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form in your mySCC Portal PRIOR to applying to the OTA program.
- Sign into your SCC Portal>Quick Links>eForms>Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit - complete the required information and click submit
- Complete any required developmental coursework: Complete any developmental coursework you assess into (includes RDG 085, RDG 092, RDG 093, ENG 095, ENG 096, MAT 096, and ESL equivalents).
- GPA: Earn a minimum of 2.75 on at least 15 hours of college-level coursework
- Coursework: Complete English Composition I (ENG 101) with a B or better and pass Pre-Algebra (MAT 096) or assess into Beginning Algebra (MAT 098) or higher.
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: Some fieldwork and employment sites require criminal background checks, child abuse clearance checks, vaccination requirements, etc. in order for students to participate in fieldwork and employment activities. 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. Students may wish to contact the appropriate regulatory body for additional information PRIOR to enrolling in a program of study. Information obtained through various screening procedures may prevent entry into the OTA program.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance.
Note: All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.
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.
In the state of Missouri, employees working as occupational therapy assistants earn a median annual wage of $64,850.
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.