Each student admitted to the OTA program will select one “home” campus from among the member community colleges offering the program of study.

Home Campus

The admitted student is expected to enroll and pay tuition and fees directly to the “home” campus. When professional coursework is delivered face-to-face or in a group instructional television mode, the admitted student is also expected to physically attend coursework delivered at the “home” campus.

Admitted students may be required to travel to other approved site(s) to attend assigned practice laboratory and clinical training. Once a student completes all program requirements, the “home” campus shall grant and confer the student’s certificate/degree, and these outcomes shall be counted and reported in accountability measures such as graduation rates, retention rates, and other institutional assessments.

Admissions

Each student admitted to a Consortium program will select one “home” campus from the member community colleges offering the program of study.
The Governing Board authorizes the establishment of additional, more highly “selective” requirements and criteria for admissions to each CBHE approved Consortium program. Each Consortium program shall establish universal admissions criteria and admission processes and procedures.
A Consortium admissions counselor and/or program academic advisor at each “home” campus will be assigned to work with students admitted into a Consortium program and assist Consortium program officials regarding advising pre-professional students in the general education phase of coursework. All advisement and admissions processes and procedures shall be coordinated by the Consortium Program Oversight Committee through organizational “dotted line” relationships with other key Consortium staff and local community college structures.

Registrar and Cashier Functions

The Consortium Program Oversight Committee and each program director, along with local registrars and cashiers of the member institutions shall work together to establish policies, processes, and procedures to enroll all matriculated students each semester and record all course work grades, transcript grades, and bill students for tuition and fees.
Students matriculated into the Consortium program will enroll at the “home campus” community college of the student’s choice and will pay the required tuition and fees to the home campus. It is generally understood that once admitted to the Consortium program, students are counted and reported as students of the “home” community college.
All prerequisite general education and science coursework taken prior to a student’s formal admission to the Consortium program shall be paid in the same manner as other native students attending the home community college campus.

Financial Aid

The Consortium Program Oversight Committee and each program director shall work together to establish policies, processes, and procedures for administering financial assistance to program students.

It is generally understood that once admitted to the Consortium program, students are counted and reported as students of the “home” community college. This process shall determine the student’s “home-campus” for federal and state financial aid eligibility and account service.

It is the intent of this Consortium agreement that all financial aid services shall be provided by the local member community college at their expense, and not by the Consortium.

Non-Curricular Student Activities and Events

Students accepted into a Consortium program will be afforded the same access rights to non-curricular events and activities as those afforded to other currently enrolled native students on the “home campus”.

This understanding will enable these students to participate in community college intercollegiate athletics, student activities and organizations, use the recreation facilities, library, residence halls, etc. All appropriate fees will be covered by the tuition/fees charged by the “home” member Consortium community college.

Consortium program students will not be eligible to participate in the University of Missouri in Columbia, Division I, NCAA athletic competition.

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 2019 is open!

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018 for the OTA Class that begins in January 2019. For questions relating to the application or admissions process, please call the MHPC OTA office (573) 884-5689.