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Occupational Therapy Assistant


OTA Information sessions will be scheduled during Spring, 2015.  These will be held in HS124 on the Union campus.  Please check this site for dates.


The AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant is a one-plus-one degree program which prepares students to practice as certified occupational therapy assistants (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards. East Central College is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) currently selected to offer the program coordinated through the University of Missouri, School of Health Professions. ECC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework; sophomore level (professional level) coursework originates from a classroom located on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus and conveyed to ECC students via interactive television and internet based technology. Through the combination of general education, professional level coursework, classroom and laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork experiences, students learn the profession of occupational therapy assistant. The Professional Year does not run on a traditional ECC academic cycle. Classes begin the Monday after New Year’s Day and run through the end of the Fall Semester. Completion of professional year coursework takes one full calendar year.




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Additional Information & Links:

  • OTA Application
  • Missouri Health Professions Consortium
  • Missouri Health Professions Consortium FAQ
  • The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Following successful completion of coursework and passing of the certification exam, individuals 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 Council for Occupational

    Therapy Education

    4720 Montgomery Lane

    PO Box 31220

    Bethesda, MD 20824-1220

    Phone: 301-652-2682

    TDD: 800-377-8555
  • Admission Requirements

    Students must have completed:

    --High school diploma or the equivalent

    (documentation sent to the registration office)

    --Application for Admission

    --A placement test as specified by the college.

    (Please note: Some coursework requires minimum

    placement results)

    --Meet program specific admission requirements (see Fact Sheet)

    Admission to the OTA program is competitive. In order to apply to the MHPC OTA program at ECC, students must complete and submit an official application packet available from the Nursing and Allied Health office or website. Students must

    complete all general education coursework PRIOR to beginning the professional level program.  However, students can complete coursework in the fall semester prior to the start of the program in January; under these circumstances, program

    admission would be contingent upon successful completion of general education prerequisite coursework and maintenance of the required 2.5 GPA.

    Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance to program
  • Contact

    For additional information, please contact the following:

    East Central College Allied Health Department

    1964 Prairie Dell Road

    Union, MO 63084

    Health Science Building – suite 105


    Inquiries may be e-mailed to Brenda Garrison at

    Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L

    MHPC OTA Program Director

    University of Missouri-Columbia

    204 Clark Hall

    Columbia, MO  65211

    (573) 884-5689

  • Scholarships

    Applications are available in the ECC Student Services office or at the follow link:































Nursing & Allied Health



Division Chair

  Robyn Walter  

Robyn Walter

Nursing/Allied Health Chair

636-584-6617  Off:  HS108


Related Faculty

  Lea Brandt  

Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L

Missouri Health Professions


University of Missouri-Columbia

204 Clark Hall

Columbia, MO  65211

(573) 884-5689

    Stephanie Allen  

Stephanie Allen


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