Some Things You Need to Know
About the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program:
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 three 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 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.
The MHPC OTA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), a division of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
ACOTE Contact Information:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number: (301) 652-2682
TDD (800) 377-8555
Graduates that satisfactorily complete the degree requirements and clinical affiliation requirements from an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam that is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Contact information: NBCOT, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, (301) 990-7979, www.nbcot.org
Following successful completion of this exam the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, Missouri requires licensure to practice; however acquisition of a state license is based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Exam or attain State Licensure.
It is the intent of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) and all the cooperating schools to create the highest quality occupational therapy assistant program available. If you have questions about the admissions process, contact Moberly Area Community College Admissions Office. If you have questions or concerns regarding the program or any of its components, program policies or practices, please contact the Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Moberly Area Community College. More information regarding the MHPC OTA Program is available at: http://mhpc.missouri.edu
Any concerns regarding the program’s compliance with its accrediting agency’s policies and/or college policies are subject to the Student Grievance Procedure as stated in the Student Handbook and available on the College’s website.
Therapy Assistant Program is to educate and prepare occupational therapy assistants to provide occupational therapy interventions to the citizens of Missouri and neighboring states, especially those in rural and underserved areas. We educate and prepare generalists, to have the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors that are necessary to work in both traditional and emerging areas of practice. Our mission is consistent with the mission of the Consortium, whose partnering institution the University of Missouri, School of Health Professions has joined together in a forward thinking manner to provide resources, administrative structure and educational opportunities.
The proposed Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant program aligns exceptionally well with the “service region” mission of each of the participating Consortium community colleges and the over-all “Land Grant” mission of the University of Missouri, in following ways:
- Is intended to improve the quality of life of Missourians through teaching, discovery, and service.
- Is highly collaborative and emphasizes high quality, rigorous instruction.
- Addresses Missouri’s critical need for occupational therapy assistants in the immediate and long term, and will enhance the health of Missourians by increasing the health workforce and providing education in an area of high demand for traditional and non-traditional students.
- Is anticipated that the vast majority of this program’s graduates will continue to live and work in the same communities from which they were trained, thereby extending the positive benefits of the program.
The OTA Program’s vision is to be recognized a leader in innovative strategies for occupational therapy assistant education. Through a combination of distance and on-site education opportunities and experiences, we envision a cadre of highly skilled and educated occupational therapy assistants who will serve the citizens of Missouri and neighboring states.