State Fair Community College

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Why study occupational therapy?

Would you find it rewarding to . . .

. . . help a child with balance and coordination problems to be able to play safely on playground 
. . . provide home modifications to a mother with a recent spinal cord injury so she can return home to 
      her role as a mom?
. . . help an elderly person remain in his or her home by providing adaptive equipment to ensure safety
      and independence?

The Missouri Health Professions Consortium OTA program at SFCC prepares students to work under the supervision of Registered Occupational Therapists. Assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social or emotional deficits need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Watch this 30-minute video that provides an overview of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, including student requirements as well as information on the application and admissions process.


The program

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a one-plus-one degree program which prepares students to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. State Fair Community College is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) currently selected to offer the program coordinated through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.

Admission requirements

In addition to submitting an SFCC Application for Admission, students must also apply to the occupational therapy assistant program. Please see the Applications page for more information.

Students will be required to take 30-32 hours of general education and science prerequisite courses before beginning year two of the program, which begins each January.

Admission to the OTA program is competitive and class size is limited. Students must apply both to SFCC and to the program and meet the following admission requirements: 
  • Cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  • Minimum of a C grade in required general education classes
  • Observation, volunteer or work experience under the supervision of a licensed OT or OTA
  • Note—additional admission requirements may be added; check with the Admissions Office at (660) 530-5833 for more details.

Transfer options

This degree will articulate to a Bachelor of Allied Health degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements.


The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Following successful completion of coursework and passing of the certification exam, individuals will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Even with successful coursework completion students may be prohibited from sitting for the NBCOT Certification Exam if they have a felony conviction. In Missouri, state licensure is required in order to practice and acquisition of a license is contingent upon passing the NBCOT Certification Exam. For more information regarding accreditation, please contact the American Occupational Therapy Association:

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-2682
TDD:  800-377-8555


MHPC OTA Admissions Coordinator
Kim Earney
UMC OTA Program Director
Lea Brandt

OTA Pre Program Advisor at SFCC
Cindy Harmon
Heckart Science and Allied Health Center, Room 807
Direct Line – (660) 596-7305 



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