Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate of Applied Science

Occupational therapy assistants help clients return to their daily activities by using practical, occupation-based activities to improve health and wellness. This program trains students for general practice under the supervision of an occupational therapist. The coursework features classroom, laboratory and clinical education components. Students will practice with clients ranging in age from the very young to the very old and in diverse settings including schools, clinics, businesses and community centers. The required courses introduce concepts such as Neurological Structure and Function, Task Analysis I and Group Dynamics. Graduates will be able to confidently intervene and adapt activities to best serve their patients. The O.T.A. Program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. A new class begins each fall semester. To view application details, visit Graduates can immediately seek licensure and apply for examination from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Help people recover using engaging activities
Work with clients of all ages and ability levels
Adapt therapy to each patient
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 4.6 Years
Credits: 82*
Average Salary: $57,520*
Graduation Retention Rate: 80%*

Possible Careers

Occupational therapy assistant
Health promotion specialist
Rehabilitation manager
Occupational therapist
Occupational therapy aide

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-admission requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Becky Jenkins
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director


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