The mission of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is to educate and prepare occupational therapy assistants to provide occupational therapy interventions to the citizens of Missouri and neighboring states, especially those in rural and underserved areas.

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.

View program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

The MHPC OTA Program is accredited by ACOTE.

OTA Program Vision

The OTA Program’s vision is to be recognized a leader in innovative strategies for occupational therapy assistant education. Through a combination of distance and on-site education opportunities and experiences, we envision a cadre of highly skilled and educated occupational therapy assistants who will serve the citizens of Missouri and neighboring states.

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

Columbia Campus Visits

In addition, all OTA students will be required to travel to Columbia once each month 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.

Faculty & Staff

Jacque Sample, DrOT, M.Ed., OTR/L

Jacque Sample, DrOT, M.Ed., OTR/L
Director, MHPC OTA Program & Clinical Instructor
MHPC OTA Program

127 AP Green Building University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
SampleJ@missouri.edu

Kim Earney, BA

Kim Earney, BA
Administrator and Admissions Coordinator
MHPC OTA Program

127 AP Green Building University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
EarneyK@missouri.edu

Kristi Peterson, BGS, COTA/L

Kristi Peterson, BGS, COTA/L
Clinical Instructor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
MHPC OTA Program

127 AP Green Building University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
PetersonKM@missouri.edu

Stephanie Allen, MOT, OTR/L

Stephanie Allen, MOT, OTR/L
Clinical Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator
MHPC OTA Program

127 AP Green Building University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
AllenSM@missouri.edu

Lea Cheyney Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L

Lea Cheyney Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L
Program Director
MHPC OTA Program

127 AP Green Building University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
BrandtLC@health.missouri.edu