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Associate of Arts - Health Science (Pre-OTA)
(Effective UG21)

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Health Science (Pre-OTA) is designed for students who plan to pursue admission into the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS-OTA) program at MACC. Students will remain under the major of Health Science (Pre-OTA) until admittance into the AAS-OTA program.

Students seeking admission into the AAS-OTA program must complete the required general education coursework listed on the map below with a “C” or above prior to the date of entry into the program.

Visit our Occupational Therapy Assistant program page for admission criteria and contact information.

Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AA degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.


Math Pathways Information


(See admission information below the academic map.)

Course Semester Hours Milestone*
  First Semester (Fall)
 BIO205****  Human Anatomy** 4  BIO205
 LAL101****  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
 ****  ^Mathematics 3  Math
 PSY101****  General Psychology 3  PSY101
 SPK101****  Public Speaking 3  SPK101
  Second Semester (Spring)
 BIO209****  ^Physiology** 4  BIO209
 HSC171****  Medical Terminology 3  HSC171
 ****  History or Government 3  HST or PSC
 PSY205****  ^Human Lifespan Development 3  PSY205
 SOC101***  Sociology 3  
  Third Semester (Fall)
   Elective (BIO101 Biology - Recommended) 4  
   Elective (^MTH160 Elementary Statistics - Recommended) 3  
 LAL102  ^Composition II 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
   Elective (^BIO206 Microbiology - Recommended) 4  
 PHI152***  Introduction to Ethics 3  
   Humanities and Fine Arts 3  
   Physical Science (^PHY121 General Chemistry I - Recommended) 5  
  Minimum Required Hours for Degree 60  

*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 (complete one with a "C" or better to meet the required pre-entry course requirement):
     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.)


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.