St. Louis Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program was established in 1983 and is the oldest OTA program in the St. Louis metropolitan area. It is a well-established, affordable program with a high certification exam pass rate.
The OTA Program requires two full academic years to complete. During the first year students take general education and required courses, as well as the first OTA courses. Students who have already completed a portion of the coursework described for the first year may not need to be full-time students. Once admitted to the Program, science and professional courses must be taken, as outlined, in the proper sequence and within the prescribed time frame. See the semester by semester plan.
The second year of the OTA program is a full-time concentration of professional coursework and full-time clinical assignments. This portion of the program cannot be completed on a part-time basis. Students on clinical affiliation are required to follow the schedule of the affiliating institution during their assigned placements.
Most of the OTA courses are taught during the day by one of the faculty members. Occasionally, there may be a course taught by clinicians in the field and they would be offered in late afternoon or evening. See the program director for specific questions regarding scheduling of courses.
All coursework must be completed within three years of beginning the program.
Because of the heavy academic and clinical load, students should not anticipate holding full-time jobs while enrolled in the Program.