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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Application Process

Application Process

How to Apply to the OTA Program

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Courses & Degree Plans

Courses & Degree Plans

Official Course Syllabi, Degree Plan and Course Sequence

Application packets are available June 15-August 1 each year. Please schedule an appointment with Enrollment Services to pick up an application packet at (636)481-3209 or (636)797-3000 ext 3209. The application deadline is August 31 of each year.

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
  • 50 credit hours of OTA classroom instruction, labs, and fieldwork practicum

Classes offered at Hillsboro campus and JC online.

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 www.acoteonline.org.

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 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

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If you have any questions, please call the Health Occupations Department at 636-481-3466.

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

Graduation Year Admitted Graduated Graduation Rate
2017 16 12 75%
2018 8 6 75%
2019 18 16 89%
Total 42 34 81%


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: https://www.jeffco.edu/sites/default/files/IR/ConsumerInformation/annsecur-firesafetyrpt.pdf.

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.