The OTA program is now offered in a hybrid format!

Application Deadline: April 15

About the OTA Program

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) assist clients of all ages return to their daily activities by using meaningful, occupation-based activities to improve health and wellness. An OTA may act as an educator, an advocate, a coach, an inventor or a motivator. There are many different employment options for OTA program graduates. For instance, hospitals, long-term care facilities, school systems or community agencies all offer careers in this field.

Employment Options

OTC designed the Occupational Therapy Assistant program to prepare students for generalized practice under the supervision of an occupational therapist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that it expects the employment outlook for OTAs to increase much faster than average for all occupations.

The OTC Occupational Therapy Assistant program will prepare the students to:

  • Apply specific assessment and treatment procedures used in the occupation therapy
  • Understand common clinical conditions seen in therapy
  • Analyze activities and create adaptations to encourage participation in life skills
  • Display group dynamics and role responsibilities of a registered and certified occupational therapy assistant

We encourage all applicants to attend an OTA Program Informational session to learn what the program will require prior to and during the application process. The OTA program offers informational sessions monthly throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students who attend one group informational session per admission cycle will receive additional points toward their application.  We encourage students to RSVP for group informational sessions by contacting Becky Jenkins at

Email questions to Becky Jenkins at You can also contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC Springfield campus, 417-447-8803, 447-8804, or 447-8954.

-About the OTA Program