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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 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 Business Writing
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
Social Science PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3
HIS or History or 3
POL Political Science
Natural Science BIO 250A/250B Anatomy & Physiology I* 4
BIO 251A251B Anatomy & Physiology II** 4
BIO 270 Kinesiology** 3
Humanities ARB or Arabic or 3
ART or Art or
BUS/CPT 105 or Business Ethics or
EDU 125 or Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling or
FRN or French or
GRM or German or
LIT or Literature or
MUS or Music or
PHL or Philosophy or
SPN or Spanish or
THE Theatre
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 English Composition II 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing
ENG 125 Business Writing
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 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
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
ARB or Arabic or 3
ART or Art or
BUS/CPT 105 or Business Ethics or
EDU 125 or Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling or
FRN or French or
GRM or German or
LIT or Literature or
MUS or Music or
PHL or Philosophy or
SPN or Spanish or
THE Theatre
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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