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Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA Program at Jefferson College

**Please note the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is no longer accepting applications.**

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Jefferson College is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program and consists of:

  • 15-17 credit hours of prerequisite courses
  • 9-12 credit hours of general education courses
  • 49 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum

The Jefferson College 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is The Jefferson College occupational therapy assistant program is currently inactive with ACOTE granting inactive status in 2023.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

“Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 12 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

If you have any questions, please call Debbie Wolk at 636-481-3521.

NBCOT Certification Results

For the most up-to-date information on Jefferson College's OTA graduates' certification exam scores, please visit the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website.

Graduation Rates

Admitted Graduated Graduation
Spring/Fall 2021 13 10 77%
Fall 2022 5 4 80%
Fall 2023 4 4 100%
Total  35 23 86%
*Due to COVID-19 delays, 3 students from this cohort graduated during the spring semester of 2021
and were included in the 2021 graduating year.

Application Information - Please note this program is no longer accepting applications.

Program Information

OTA Courses and Degree Plan

Academic Plan
Degree Plan

Courses Offered:
OTA100 Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OTA110 Physical Dysfunction in Occupational Therapy
OTA111 Physical Dysfunction Performance Skills I
OTA120 Professional Practice and Management I
OTA127 Activity Analysis
OTA128 Physical Dysfunction in Occupational Therapy II
OTA129 Physical Dysfunction Performance Skills II
OTA130 Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
OTA131 Psychosocial Performance Skills
OTA140 Professional Practice and Management II
OTA150 Level I Fieldwork A
OTA160 Level I Fieldwork B
OTA210 Pediatric Occupational Therapy
OTA211 Pediatric Performance Skills
OTA220 Professional Practice & Management III
OTA221 Older Adult Interventions
OTA250 Level II Fieldwork A
OTA260 Level II Fieldwork B
OTA270 Fieldwork Seminar

Meet the Occupational Therapy Faculty

Debbie Wolk
Title: Interim Director/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Office: CTE 166C
Phone: 636-481-3521

Debbie Wolk, MHS, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 22 years. She graduated from Maryville University with a Bachelors of Psychology and OT then proceeded to gain her Masters of Health Sciences in OT from the University of Indianapolis. Debbie has worked in various working settings as a practitioner in rural southeast MO including pediatrics, outpatient, hospital-based, geriatrics and management. She served as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Assistant Professor for Jefferson College's OTA Program from 2011-2014 when it was developed and received initial accreditation. She has been a speaker for AOTA's National Conference. Debbie enjoys volunteering within her community for non-profit organizations and spending time with her family.

Jefferson College’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for Jefferson College. The policy statements address Jefferson College’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.

Additionally, this report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, Jefferson College Campus Police Department enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. Also included are crime statistics for three previous calendar years which were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

This report is available online at:

You may also request a paper copy from the Jefferson College Police Department by phone at 636-481-3500 or at Jefferson College Hillsboro-802 Mel Carnahan Drive, Apartment 214, Hillsboro, MO 63050; Jefferson College Arnold-1687 Missouri State Road, Arnold, MO 63010; or Jefferson College Imperial-4400 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold, MO 63010.

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