The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to provide a quality educational experience that will train prospective professionals in the art and science of promoting and maintaining the holistic health and wellness of people, organizations, and populations through engagement in occupation. Graduates will be able to perform/engage as entry level professionals under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT). Graduates will develop skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, thereby meeting the students' individual needs and the expressed health-care needs of the local and extended communities served by the Colleges. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy, from community-based programs to client-centered intervention. The program promotes the value and professional importance of life-long learning.
A basic background in natural sciences, mathematics, communication, and behavioral sciences undergirds the specialized course work. Specialized course work prepares students for the certification examination they will take to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Employment may be in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care facilities, as well as within pediatric, community, or educational settings.
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
In addition to the MAP an OTA order of coursework guide can be found HERE.
Employment is available in rehabilitation units, schools outpatient clinics, long term care facilities, home health agencies and a variety of community based programs. Entry level wages in Kentucky is $32,000 to $40,000.
Occupational Therapy Assistant is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
As a full-time student, you can complete the program in 18 months. Courses are offered during three 16-week semesters (August – December and January – May) with a clinical experience scheduled during the summer between semesters.
The OTA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a division of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which can be contacted by postal mail at:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number: (301) 652-(AOTA)
OTA Program Statistics
OTA Program national statics reported by NBCOT
Kim Qualls, MSOTR/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director
(270) 824-1742(270) 824-1742
Misty Burton, OTR/L
(270) 824-1745(270) 824-1745
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.