Occupational Therapy Assistant

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  State Fair Community College. ECC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework; sophomore level (professional level) coursework originates from a classroom located 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.

ECC Allied Health Department
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
Health Science Building – suite 105

Interim Dean of Health Science
Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN

Program Assistant
Julie Beck

Program Faculty
Rhonda Hutton Gann, DNP, RN 

Interim MHPC OTA Program Director
Dean of Health Sciences
State Fair Community College
3201 W. 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
(660) 596-7236

Executive Assistant to Dean
Christina Borgmeyer

Acting Administrative Assistant for MHPC OTA
(660) 596-7236


Additional Information

  • 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 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

The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is on Probationary Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) effective September 25, 2019.  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 P.O. Box 31220 Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 Phone: 301-652-2682 TDD: 800-377-8555 accred@aota.org

Employment Opportunities:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant profession is experiencing high job growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to increase by 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

In May 2018, the industries employing the largest numbers of occupational therapy assistants and their annual median salaries were:

Offices of Health practitioners – $60,440

Nursing care facilities – $65,930

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – $55,680

Elementary and Secondary Schools – $50,380

Home health care services – $65,330

Missouri Health Professions Consortium

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