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Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)


Academic Map

The AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a one-plus-one degree program which prepares students to practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. Moberly Area Community College is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) currently selected to offer the program coordinated through the University of Missouri. MACC will offer and enroll students in the general education coursework; sophomore level (professional level) coursework will be taught to MACC students at a classroom located on the MACC-Columbia campus. Interactive television and internet based technologies will also be readily utilized to convey course content. Through the combination of general education, professional level coursework, classroom and laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork experiences, students will learn the profession of occupational therapy assistant. The Professional Year does not run on a traditional MACC academic cycle. Classes will begin the Monday after New Year's Day and will run through the end of the Fall Semester. Completion of professional year coursework takes one full calendar year.


Course Semester Hours Milestone
  ****Required Pre-Entry Courses (Prior to entering the
program, students must complete the following
courses and meet the required grade point average):
 BIO205  Human Anatomy** 4  BIO205
 BIO209  ^Physiology** 4  
 HSC171  Medical Terminology 3  
 HST105 or
 HST106 or
 American History to 1865 or
 American History from 1865 or 
 Functions & Policies of American Government
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
 MTH100  ^Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3  
 PSY101  General Psychology 3  
 PSY205  ^Human Lifespan Development 3  
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
   Directed Elective*** 1-3  
  First Semester (Spring)    
 OTA200  Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4  
 OTA205  Medical Conditions in Occupational Therapy 3  
 OTA210  Analysis of Occupations 2  
 OTA215  Mental Health and Psychosocial Practice 4  
 OTA220  Pediatric and Adolescent Practice 4  
  Second Semester (Summer)
 OTA250  Functional Kinesiology 2  
 OTA255  Physical Disabilities Practice 4  
 OTA260  Community Practice 3  
 OTA265  Ethics, Management & Leadership 3  
 OTA270  Professional Skills 3  
  Third Semester (Fall)
 OTA290  Level II Fieldwork A 8  
 OTA295  Level II Fieldwork B 8  
  Total Hours for Degree 78-80  

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

**Anatomy and Physiology must be repeated if completed five years or more before the date of entry into the program.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

***Directed Electives (One course required prior to entry into the OTA Program):

CIT101 Computer Essentials or
PHI152 Introduction to Ethics or
SKL101 College Orientation or
SOC101 Sociology (Recommended)

****Required Pre-Entry Courses (Prior to beginning the OTA Program in January, students must successfully complete the required general education courses with a “C” or better and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA or higher in the required general education coursework.)

For additional admission information, please see the OTA Application.