Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate in Applied Science


This program prepares students for positions as occupational therapy assistants who work under the supervision of registered occupational therapists. Through courses in the structure and function of the human body, psychology and occupational therapy principles and techniques, in addition to clinical experience, students learn skills in interviewing; assessing; and treatment planning and implementation.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
Telephone: 301-652-2682

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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. This program has many prerequisites based on professional standards. See an advisor for further information.

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

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting stlcc.edu/enroll.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
SOC 201Aspects of Aging3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 209Kinesiology Fundamentals3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
OTA 101Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant I3
OTA 102Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant II4
OTA 103Adaptive Activities I2
OTA 104Adaptive Activities II2
OTA 203Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III4
OTA 204Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy IV4
OTA 207Health and Disease4
OTA 208Adaptive Living Skills2
OTA 213Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum I4
OTA 214Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum II4
OTA 215The Management of Occupational Therapy2
OTA 216Level II Fieldwork Seminar1
Total Credit Hours67
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L) 4
OTA 101 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant I 3
OTA 103 Adaptive Activities I 2
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100) 3
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200) 3
ENG 100
Career English
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
 Credit Hours18
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 209 Kinesiology Fundamentals 3
SOC 201 Aspects of Aging 3
OTA 102 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant II 4
OTA 207 Health and Disease 4
OTA 104 Adaptive Activities II 2
 Credit Hours20
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100) 3
XXX xxx Missouri State Requirement3
XXX xxx Physical Education Elective2
 Credit Hours8
Second Year
OTA 203 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III 4
OTA 204 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy IV 4
OTA 208 Adaptive Living Skills 2
OTA 215 The Management of Occupational Therapy 2
 Credit Hours12
OTA 213 Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum I 4
OTA 214 Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum II 4
OTA 216 Level II Fieldwork Seminar 1
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours67