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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 2021:

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 has continued to adjust the 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. ACCUPLACER placement tests may be taken via Zoom. If you are a student interested in taking the placement test, please email the MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center at 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. Spring 2021 semester will continue to be conducted both virtually for lectures and in-person for lab courses. Fall 2021 course delivery methods have not been determined. There is potential for courses to be offered virtually and in-person for hands-on skills, fully in-person or fully virtually dependent on the pandemic situation. Please contact the program coordinator, Amber Jenkins, with any questions.

The total number of graduates for the 3 year period of 2018 - 2020 from the OTA program at Metropolitan Community College was 51 which is a graduation rate of 82%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 20/16* 86%
2019 20/16 86%
2018 22/19 82%
Total 2018- 2020
62/51 82%

*As of January 2021, one student from the class of 2020 has not completed coursework due to COVID restrictions for fieldwork. The student is expected to complete the program this spring. Upon completion, the total graduates would be 52 for a graduation rate of 84%

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.

Steps to Apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

  1.  Complete all required prerequisite courses AND complete the required placement testing
  2. Download the information  packet and application found under the quick links 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.