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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: 
Amber Jenkins, 816.604.4235
Application deadline: 
June 15

Dear OTA Program Applicants for Spring 2020:

The impact of COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty within our communities and within health care. We believe the decision to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant will afford you a rewarding career as a rehabilitation professional working with a variety of individuals. As the government, local health care agencies and the MCC administration continue to make decisions regarding the best plans moving forward, the OTA program is adjusting this year’s application process.

  1. The deadline to apply continues to be June 15th. Applications can continue to be mailed to the address indicated in the information packet. At this time, MCC remains closed, therefor you may not be able to drop off your application at the Health Science Institute until staff and faculty are allowed back on campus. Mailed applications need to be postmarked prior to June 15th.
  2. We are excited to announce that ACCUPLACER placement remote testing via Zoom is now available. If you are a student interested in taking the placement test, please email the MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center @ or call 816.604.1000 to schedule a testing appointment. If you do not have an ACT, Compass or ACCUPLACER score that is less than 3 years-old for the reading comprehension section, you should sign up to take this prior to June 15th. Remember, you only need to take the “Reading Comprehension” section of any of these tests, you do not need to take the entire battery of test.
  3. If interviews are required this year, these will be held in late June. Interviews may be held in person or could be arranged via Zoom. Be sure to include a valid email address in your application so we can send an invite. If you have not used Zoom, it is a free app that can be downloaded to your home computer or phone. If you do not have access to a device (computer or phone) that allows video conferencing please indicate that on your application.
  4. Be aware there are models that show a resurgence of this virus that could cause “stay at home” orders again this fall. The faculty works hard to prevent significant disruption of learning, but since this is a “hands on” profession, there is the possibility of course disruption and incompletes.

If you have additional questions about the application process, please e-mail Amber Jenkins, Program Coordinator. We hope to see many of you this fall.

The total number of graduates for the 3 year period of 2017 - 2019 from the OTA program at Metropolitan Community College was 53 which is a graduation rate of 83%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2019 20/16 80%
2018 22/19 86%
2017 22/18 82%
Total 2017- 2019
64/53 83%

NBCOT Pass Results

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at NBCOT.

Degree(s) and/or Certificate(s)


As a graduate, you'll be eligible to take the national certification exam, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). You should know that you will not be able to obtain a license to practice or be allowed to participate in clinicals should you have an unacceptable background as defined by state law regarding health care providers. An unacceptable background includes a felony and/or class "A" misdemeanor conviction. 

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 and accepts approximately 20 students per year. 


  1.  Complete all required prerequisite courses AND complete the required placement testing
  2. Download the information  packet and application found under the quicklinks above and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements. This document contains all information regarding the program including prerequisites and other requirements for application.
  3. Apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.

Program Application Deadline

June 15

Program Acceptance

You will be contacted via e-mail within two weeks of the application deadline to inform you of your status.  You will be contacted via e-mail or phone to schedule an interview. Students accepted into the program will be expected to attend an orientation session in July.  Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute to determine next steps.


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. AOTA's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and website is

Student handbook 

Download our handbook for more info

Personal Qualities

Characteristics of a successful Occupational Therapy Assistant include but are not limited to: attentive to detail and thorough in task completion, open to changes and variety in a workplace, function well in high stress situations, work both as a team but with little supervision at times, stable temperament and caring.

Essential Functions

Manual dexterity, bilateral control, mobility and critical thinking.