Occupational Therapy Assistant

How do people occupy their time? Whether it is a child learning through play, a teen going to school, an adult being successful at school, work and at home, or a grandparent holding their grandchild, occupational therapy (OT) helps to enable people to be independent in the everyday activities that are important to them.

OT works on activities of daily living, like teaching a person who has had a stroke to dress themselves or make a meal, to developmental skills, like crawling and handwriting in children, to adapted driving and computer skills following a spinal cord injury, for example.

Do you want to get a degree in a healthcare field, but can’t return to school full-time? We are accepting applications now to admit students to the part-time program beginning summer 2024.

Program highlights

  • MCC's occupational therapy assistant program prepare students to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam as part of the program.
  • Classes are held at the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute and hands-on training at the 10,000 sq. ft., accredited, healthcare simulation center virtual hospital.
  • MCC's OTA program is the most established program in the area, founded in 1984, with a good reputation for quality graduates and consistently strong success rates on the national boards exam.
  • Earn your Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree within four semesters.  The program begins every August for full-time and June for part-time students.
  • Part-time and full-time cohorts. 

Program admission

Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. This is a four-semester program that begins in August (full-time) and June (part-time) and accepts approximately 20 students per year.

Admissions instructions


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. PH: 301.652.AOTA.


An occupational therapy assistant works under the direction of an occupational therapist (OT) to use meaningful activity to work in hospitals, school districts, clinics and community-based organizations to help people stay healthy.

According to the O-Net online, average annual wages for occupational therapy assistants is $61,610.

Bright outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants in the Kansas City area

Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

More program information

This program meets the educational requirements for national board certification and licensure for Missouri and Kansas.

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