Occupational Therapy Assistant

Medical-Assistant-04This Associate degree program can start you on your way to a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, helping patients with disabilities caused by illness, injury, or age-related conditions. As you work on building a solid science foundation, including anatomy & physiology and kinesiology, you can develop hands-on clinical and technical skills in our fully-equipped labs. You’ll then have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world externship, under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

The Missouri College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is an 80-semester-credit program. It can give you the technical and practical training to work one-on-one with patients with disabilities, helping them learn to perform everyday tasks so they can live more productive lives. Our comprehensive training can prepare you to take the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant exam. You can learn to:

  • Assess patients’ disabilities
  • Plan comprehensive treatment programs for various disabilities
  • Implement methods that help people with disabilities gain skills that can help them live more independently
  • The Occupational Therapy Assistant program consists of 30 courses, including an externship. Through hands-on classes and a real-world externship, you can learn essential Occupational Therapy techniques and develop important interpersonal attributes – such as good communication and listening skills, patience, and empathy. Key courses include:

  • Physical Disabilities, where you can acquire a foundation for evaluating and treating people with physical dysfunction – including causes and symptoms of disabilities, treatment techniques, and documentation.
  • Adaptive Living Modalities, which will teach you how to manage the physical needs of disabled people – including daily living activities, safety, homemaking, conserving their energy, and using adaptive equipment.
  • Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy, where you can learn observational and practical skills focused on the musculoskeletal system and its effect on posture and movement.
  • Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health and Disease
  • Activity Analysis
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Principles of Mental Health
  • Course curriculum is subject to change.

    Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
    2013 N/A N/A
    2014 7/0 N/A
    2015 21/0 N/A
    TOTAL 28/0 N/A


    Accreditation/Certification Program Disclosure
    An additional form of accreditation that a school may undertake to obtain is a specific, individual accreditation of certain programs (programmatic accreditation). Institutional accreditation is not the same as or a substitution for programmatic accreditation. Although programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, the existence of programmatic accreditation is a further indication that a program meets the standards of the profession, and may therefore indirectly enhance employment opportunities. Also, in some cases, programmatic accreditation will allow the graduates of the accredited program to sit for credentialing exam(s) upon graduation. The Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate Degree program at MOCO (the “Program”) has received Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone
    number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

    Factors Affecting Employment
    In order to practice as an occupational therapy assistant in Missouri, an individual must be licensed by the Missouri Occupational Therapy Board in the Division of Professional Regulation (the “Board”). One requirement for licensure by the Board is to pass the national certification exam for occupational therapy assistants offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). One of the eligibility requirements for NBCOT certification is graduation from an ACOTE-accredited program. The Program is programmatically accredited by ACOTE and graduates are eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam or apply for licensure from the Board.  Applicants for certification and licensure may also have to meet additional requirements as outlined by the respective agencies, including, but not limited to, passing a criminal background check. Information regarding NBCOT certification is available at www.nbcot.org. or at the following link HTTPS://SECURE.NBCOT.ORG/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX.

    Gainful Employment and Other Student Disclosures

    Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.

    disclosureProgram Disclosure Information for:
    Missouri College – Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)


    Employment Rates:

    Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

    Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE):

    Reporting Period: 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

    Date Submitted: 03/2015

    Campus Rate 76%
    Program Rate NA


    Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

    Reporting Period: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2015

    Date Submitted: 10/2015

    Campus Rate 79%
    Program Rate NA


    Missouri College – Graduation Rate

    The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
    7/1/2009 and 6/30/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 64%

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