Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is selective. Applicants are required to meet specific admission criteria because of the academic rigor of the OTA program. This ACOTE-accredited program prepares students to test for national certification. Students completing all admission criteria may then apply for the OTA program.
Students should make an appointment with an Allied Health Advisor to plan their appropriate coursework and apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program once you have completed the following steps:
- SCC Student: Apply to SCC.
- Official College Transcripts: Submit official college transcripts from previously attended colleges. Submit the "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form in your mySCC Portal PRIOR to applying to the OTA program.
- Sign into your SCC Portal>Quick Links>eForms>Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit - complete the required information and click submit.
- Complete any required developmental coursework: Complete any developmental coursework you assess into (includes RDG 085, RDG 092, RDG 093, ENG 095, ENG 096, MAT 096, and ESL equivalents).
- GPA: Earn a minimum of 2.75 on at least 15 hours of college-level coursework
- Coursework: Complete English Composition I (ENG 101) with a B or better and pass Pre-Algebra (MAT 096) or assessment into Beginning Algebra (MAT 098) or higher.
Accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
The Occupational Therapy Assistant 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) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates can 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). Many states, including Missouri, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.
Note: Clinical facilities require criminal background checks, drug screenings, child abuse clearance checks, etc. in order for students to participate in fieldwork activities and rotations. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or may prevent an individual from obtaining a license to practice. Students may wish to contact the program coordinator for additional information prior to enrolling in a program of study.
Information obtained through various screening procedures may prevent entry into the OTA program.
Note: All OTA students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.
Program requirements and policies are subject to change. The student is responsible for maintaining current information.