Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

General Information

Thank you for your interest in the St. Charles Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. 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. As a result, more people need rehabilitation services. As changes in health care continue, the need for OTAs will continue to rise.

OTAs work under the direction of a Registered Occupational Therapist and work with patients with a wide range of ages, from newborn to elderly.

Program Purpose

Successful completion of the program at St. Charles Community College will lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S), and eligibility to sit for the national certification exam. Certification qualifies graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of workplace settings and in any state where certified OTAs may practice. Most states require licensure as well as graduation from an accredited program, in order to practice.

Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program 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 on the NBCOTA Certification Examination.

The Missouri and Illinois Boards of Occupational Therapy as well as NBCOT may refuse licensure to applicants who may jeopardize the well being of their citizens.

Note: Some fieldwork and employment sites require criminal background checks, child abuse clearance checks, 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.

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

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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Program Contact

Francesca Woods

Office Coordinator

Denise Lammers

Office Info

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

Office Location

Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Suite 102

Office Phone Number




Courtney Barrett – Associate Professor

Francesca Woods – Professor