The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is a one-plus-one degree program which prepares students to practice as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) after meeting certification and state licensure standards.
This program offers the convenience of online coursework and the benefit of hands-on, in-person labs.
Three Rivers College is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) currently offering this program. Three Rivers offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework. Sophomore level (professional level) coursework typically originates from a classroom at any of the five campuses and is conveyed to students via interactive television and internet-based technology. This is a hybrid online/in-person program. See technology information and requirements.
Through the combination of general education and professional level coursework, classroom and laboratory practice, and clinical fieldwork experiences, students will learn the profession of occupational therapy assistant. The professional year does not run on a traditional Three Rivers academic cycle. Classes begin in the fall semester and will run until the next fall semester of the following year. Completion of professional coursework takes one full calendar year.