Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate in Applied Science

Meramec

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 the Apply to STLCC page.   

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
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 101 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant I3Admission to the OTA program and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 103 Adaptive Activities I2Admission to the OTA program and Reading Proficiency.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3PSY 200 and Reading Proficiency.
ENG 100 Career English
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
3ENG 030 and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours18
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 209 Kinesiology Fundamentals3BIO 207 with a grade of C or better and Reading Proficiency.
SOC 201 Aspects of Aging3SOC 101, PSY 200 or HMS 100 and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 102 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant II4OTA 101, OTA 103, PSY 200, PSY 205, all with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 207 Health and Disease4BIO 207, OTA 101, OTA 103, PSY 200, PSY 205, all with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 104 Adaptive Activities II2OTA 101, OTA 103, PSY 200, PSY 205, all with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours20
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective Designated as Civics3  
Physical Education Elective2 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours8
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
OTA 203 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III4OTA 102, OTA 104, OTA 207 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 204 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy IV4OTA 102, OTA 104, OTA 207 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 208 Adaptive Living Skills2BIO 208, BIO 209, OTA 102, OTA 104, OTA 207, SOC 201 all with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
OTA 215 The Management of Occupational Therapy2OTA 102, OTA 104, OTA 207 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
OTA 213 Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum I4OTA 203, OTA 204, OTA 208, OTA 215, all with a minimum grade of "C", and the completion of all general education requirements for the occupational therapy assistant program. Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
OTA 214 Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum II4OTA 203, OTA 204, OTA 208, OTA 215, and the completion of all general education requirements for the occupational therapy assistant curriculum. Reading Proficiency.
OTA 216 Level II Fieldwork Seminar1OTA 203, OTA 204, OTA 208, OTA 215, all with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours67

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.