You will learn to provide occupational therapy to people with physical, developmental, social, or emotional disabilities in order to promote activity and independence. This degree articulates with a Bachelor of Allied Health Science (BHS) degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Missouri Health Professions Consortium OTA one-plus-one program combines general education, professional-level coursework, laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork. You will be required to take general education prerequisite courses before beginning year two of the program.
The program prepares you to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. To succeed in this field you need social perceptiveness; active learning and listening skills; the ability to organize, plan and prioritize work; compassion for others; and the ability to perform physical activities such as lifting, balancing and stooping.
Admission is competitive, requires an additional admission application and class size is limited. You must apply both to SFCC and to the program and meet the following admission requirements:
- Minimum 2.5 grade point average in required general education coursework
- 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 Admissions and Outreach at (660) 530-5833 for more details.
Admission to SFCC does not guarantee entrance into the OTA program. This program starts in January, and application deadline is typically in May. You are required to submit all application materials to the Missouri Health Professions Consortium OTA Program office in Columbia by the deadline.
- This program is offered at the Sedalia campus.
OTAs work primarily in hospitals, schools and long-term care facilities. Employment of OTAs was projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Salaries range from $40,100 to $52,400.
Data Sources – The website mynextmove.org, which is developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
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:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(800) 377-8555 TDD
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.