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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 State Fair Community College. 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 August and will run through the end of the Fall Semester. Completion of professional year coursework takes one full calendar year.


The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Even with successful coursework completion students may be prohibited from sitting for the NBCOT Certification Exam if they have a felony conviction. In Missouri, state licensure is required in order to practice and acquisition of a license is contingent upon passing the NBCOT Certification Exam. For more information regarding accreditation, please contact the American Occupational Therapy Association:

Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone number: (301) 652-2682
TDD (800) 377-8555 TDD


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.

Program Questions

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 Dean of Health Sciences, Michelle Frey.

Appeals Process

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.

For more information
Contact the MACC
(660) 263-4100 ext. 11251
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Program Mission

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.

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.