Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Occupational Therapist Assistant (64-67 credit hours) This curriculum is in effect for students applying SPRING 2015 for program admission or for students currently in the OTA program

  • Occupational Therapist Assistant (67 credit hours) This curriculum is in effect for students applying SPRING 2016 for admission into the OTA program

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 Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

OTA is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:

  • Attend a mandatory pre-admission conference
  • Submit a program admission notebook by March 1 to be considered for admission to the program the following fall
  • Complete all prerequisite courses or be able to complete prior to start of Fall term. Students who are accepted into the program prior to completing courses are admitted conditional to successful completion (C or better grade) of each pre-requisite course.
  • Document no fewer than 10 observation / volunteer hours in more than one occupational therapy setting using the Clinical Evaluation form and the Clinical Verification form
  • Schedule an advising appointment prior to March 1 (recommended)

Length of Program

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.

For more information

Kim Qualls, MSOTR/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director
Assistant Professor
(270) 824-1742

Misty Burton, OTR/L
Fieldwork Coordinator 
(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.