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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 that prepares students to practice as certified occupational therapy assistants (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. 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. Completion of professional year coursework takes one full calendar year. This program plans to change the start time from January to fall beginning in 2020. Applications will be due March 1, 2021, for the Fall 2021 cohort.

 (See admission information below the academic map.)

Course Semester Hours
  ****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
 BIO209  ^Physiology** 4
 HSC171  Medical Terminology 3
 HST105 or
 HST106 or
 American History to 1865 or
 American History from 1865 or 
 Introduction to American Government
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3
 MTH140 or higher  ^Precalculus Algebra or higher 3
 PSY101  General Psychology 3
 PSY205  ^Human Lifespan Development 3
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3
   Directed Elective*** 1-3
  First Semester (Fall)  
 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 (Spring)
 OTA250  Functional Kinesiology 2
 OTA255  Physical Disabilities Practice 4
 OTA260  Community Practice 3
 OTA265  Ethics, Management & Leadership 3
 OTA270  Professional Skills 3
  Third Semester (Summer)
 OTA290  Level II Fieldwork A 8
 OTA295  Level II Fieldwork B 8
  Minimum Required Hours for Degree 78

*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):
     ITC101 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.


Additional Graduation Requirement
Missouri law, included in Senate Bill 807, requires every college student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor's degree at a public institution to pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination with at least a 70 percent to graduate. The rule will apply to the incoming class of first-time college students in the fall of 2019 and all students thereafter.

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.