Occupational Therapy Assistant
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a 67-credit-hour program for students wishing to become occupational therapy assistants.
Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting the quality of life of individuals as they participate in everyday activities. Occupational therapy may be indicated for persons whose lives have been interrupted by injury or disease, or those who are developmentally delayed or who have problems associated with aging.
Occupational therapy uses selected educational, leisure, vocational and rehabilitation activities to help individuals reach the highest functional level possible, to increase self-reliance, and to assist clients in leading a more balanced life of work and leisure.
Classes are designed to provide the student with both academic and practical experience. There are 16 weeks of full-time clinical experience under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant.
Students will need to purchase malpractice and health insurance. Specific clothing may be required in special clinical settings.
Clinical and Fieldwork
Some degree and certificate programs offered by the College require students to obtain clinical or other field experience as part of their course work. Hospitals and facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check (at the student's expense) be conducted prior to placement in a clinical or field setting. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the clinical or field experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, obtain licensure, and/or employment. Students may wish to contact the program director for additional information before applying to the program.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is offered at the Meramec campus. The office is located in Applied Science, room 103.
The program was established in 1983 and is the oldest OTA program in the
St. Louis metropolitan area. It is a well-established, affordable program with an excellent pass rate. The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2009–2011 was 41 out of 43, which is a pass rate of 95 percent. During that three-year time period, the program had 47 graduates.