Program descriptions

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

CIP Code: 51.0803

The Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is coordinated through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, and is offered at the following community colleges: East Central College (ECC), Moberly Area Community College (MACC), North Central Missouri College (NCMC), State Fair Community College (SFCC), and Three Rivers College (TRC).

Graduates of the MHPC OTA Program are awarded an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from the community college at which they enroll and attend classes.

The MHPC OTA Program is full-time only, with courses offered in a specific sequence. The professional year of the program (OTA coursework) is designed to be completed within 12 months (three 16-week semesters) beginning in January and ending in December.

It is important to note:

  • ECC students attend OTA classes & lab sessions on the ECC campus in Union
  • MACC students attend OTA classes & lab sessions in Columbia
  • NCMC students attend OTA classes on the NCMC campus in Trenton but travel to SFCC in Sedalia to attend weekly lab sessions
  • SFCC students attend OTA classes & lab sessions on the SFCC campus in Sedalia
  • TRC students attend OTA classes on the TRC campus in Poplar Bluff but travel to ECC in Union to attend weekly lab sessions
  • In addition, all OTA students will be required to travel to Columbia 3-4 times during the spring and summer semesters to participate in “centralized lab” sessions that bring the students from all campuses together for group lab activities and testing. Students are encouraged to carpool with classmates from their home campus.

    OTA Program Data Results and Outcomes

    Graduation Rate

    The total number of graduates from the Missouri Health Professions Consortium Occupational Therapy Assistant program during the three most recent calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016) was 124, with an overall graduation rate of 89%.

  • 2014: 48 entered/43 graduated for graduation rate of 90%
  • 2015: 48 entered/43 graduated for graduation rate of 90%
  • 2016: 43 entered/38 graduated for graduation rate of 88%
  • TOTAL 2014-2016: 139 entered/124 graduated = overall 89% graduation rate
  • NBCOT Pass Rate

    For calendar year 2016, the total number of graduates who passed the certification exam as new graduate test takers was 41 out of 42, which is a 98% pass rate.

    For the three most recent calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016), the total number of graduates who passed the certification exam as new graduate test takers was 125 out of 128, which is a 98% pass rate for the three year period.

    MHPC OTA students graduate in December, and therefore they do not sit for the certification exam until the following calendar year. For example, students who graduated in December 2016 sit for the NBCOT exam during calendar year 2017.

    Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

    OTA Admissions

    Students interested in the MHPC OTA Program are admitted to the community college on the same basis as other students, but admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). Students in the MHPC OTA Program register for all OTA courses through the “home campus” at which they have applied and been selected for OTA program admission. General education courses may be taken at the home campus or transferred to the home campus from another institution (check with the community college registrar’s office for course equivalencies).

    Each summer, an average of forty-five students are selected to begin the program the following January. Admission to the MHPC OTA Program is competitive and applications are assigned points in each required category in order to determine campus ranking and student selection. The application procedures and selection process for the program are the same for all campuses participating in the MHPC OTA Program. Students are encouraged to apply to more than campus to potentially increase their chances of being selected for the program.

    The application period for the Class of 2018 is closed. The next application deadline is May 31, 2018 for the OTA Class of 2019 which begins January 2019. Applications for the Class of 2019 will be available in December 2017. Prospective applicants may contact the MHPC OTA office (573) 884-5689 to request that the new application packet be sent to them by email.

    Students may review the Class of 2018 Application Packet for program information and requirements, and may use the Observation and Recommendation forms from the old packet, but a Class of 2019 application packet must be submitted to be considered for admission to the next Class.

    OTA Informational Session

    In the past, we have scheduled OTA Informational Sessions throughout the spring semester at each of the participating community colleges. However, we have found that the session times were not always convenient for those students who are taking classes or working during the day. For your convenience, we have created an online OTA Info Session video that you can watch from the comfort of your home or anywhere else you have internet access. You may want to use headphones or earbuds for the best sound quality.

    To view the informational session, click the video below (or copy this link to your internet browser:

    If you have specific questions not answered in the informational video, please contact the MHPC OTA Program Office at (573) 884-5689 or send an email to the OTA Admissions Coordinator, Kim Earney,

    OTA Frequently Asked Questions

    Prospective students can review the FAQ document for more information and tips to potentially help strengthen their application: OTA Advising FAQ

    OTA Student Handbook

    Current and prospective students should review the OTA Student Handbook for academic and fieldwork requirements as well as student expectations and responsibilites.

  • Class of 2017 OTA Student Handbook (for students enrolled January-December 2017)
  • OTA Policies and Procedures

    The MHPC OTA Program's Policies & Procedures are available here: OTA Policies and Procedures

    Click here to visit our accreditation page: OTA Accreditation


    Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

    • Associate of Applied Science Degree
      Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
      CIP Code: 51.0806
    • PTA faculty and staff

    The Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has aligned with the currently established State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) PTA Program in Jefferson City. Students interested in enrolling in the MHPC PTA Program can find more information regarding the State Technical College Program at:

    Last updated: June 24, 2017
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