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Occupational Therapy Assistant


Occupational Therapy Assistance

Promote health and healing. In this program, you’ll assist occupational therapists, who help people recovering from illness get back to the everyday tasks of work and life.

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What is Occupational Therapy Assistant?

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to provide a quality educational experience that will train prospective professionals in the art and science of promoting and maintaining the holistic health and wellness of people, organizations, and populations through engagement in occupation. Graduates will be able to perform/engage as entry level professionals under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT). Graduates will develop skills necessary for employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, thereby meeting the students' individual needs and the expressed health-care needs of the local and extended communities served by the Colleges. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy, from community-based programs to client-centered intervention. The program promotes the value and professional importance of life-long learning.

A basic background in natural sciences, mathematics, communication, and behavioral sciences undergirds the specialized course work. Specialized course work prepares students for the certification examination they will take to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). Employment may be in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care facilities, as well as within pediatric, community, or educational settings.

What are my career choices?

Employment is available in rehabilitation units, schools outpatient clinics, long term care facilities, home health agencies and a variety of community based programs. Entry level wages in Kentucky is $32,000 to $40,000.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Occupational Therapy Assistant is a selective admission. In addition to MCC's general admission requirements, OTA program candidates must complete the Selection Process requirements listed below.

  1. Official transcript of all postsecondary education, if courses were not taking in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
  2. Documentation of completion of all prerequisite courses, including OTA 101, with a “C” or better before beginning program coursework.

Students seeking admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program are required to completing the OTA Application form and mandatory writing assignment

To see the full OTA pre-admission conference presentation, please click here.

  1. The selection process is complete the week after spring grades are posted by the OTA Admission Committee.
  2. Applicants are notified via KCTCS email. 

OTA 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy. OTA 101 requires successful completion of ENG 101. OTA 101 is offered only online in the fall and spring semesters.

The OTA Application will automatically submit your application. The mandatory writing assignment must be printed and mailed to:

Dr. Kim Qualls  
Madisonville Community College
750 N. Laffoon Street
Madisonville, KY 42431

The OTA program is only offered as a full-time program. Student can complete the program in 18 months. Courses are offered during three 16-week semesters (August-December and January-May).

The Occupational Therapy Assistant, under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, works to promote and maintain the holistic health of individuals in the community. The program strives to fill a growing need for professionals able to contribute to all facets of occupational therapy, from assessment to treatment termination. Therefore, in order to work successfully with clients, all applicants should possess sufficient performance skills in the areas of:

  • sensory functions including visual acuity, such as observation skills necessary for administering client care and reading equipment gauges and settings used in treatments;
    sensory functions including auditory perception to receive verbal communication and to execute client care through the use of monitoring devices;
  • strength and gross and fine motor coordination and motor praxis skills to respond promptly and to implement client care skills, such as the manipulation of equipment, and positioning and lifting clients;
  • communication and social skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with the individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the client’s interest, and
  • Intellectual, cognitive, and emotional function to implement the plan of care.

OTA Projected Program Cost

Item Cost

  • Tuition (3+ semesters at resident rate; see current rates) $7225.00
  • In-State Students - $179/Credit hour
  • Out-of-State Students: From contiguous counties - $358/Credit hour
  • Out-of-State Students: Other Out-of-State Students  $627/Credit hour
  • Mandatory Fee - $8/Credit hour
  • Distance Learner Fee - $20/Credit hour

Textbooks/Supplies - $2,000.00

Liability insurance, background check, drug screening - $125.00

Program shirt - $25.00

Hepatitis vaccine - $100.00

AOTA and KOTA dues - $95.00

NBCOT certification fees - $625.00

Cap, gown, and diploma cover for graduation - $100.00

Miscellaneous Items (transfer belt, goniometer, craft materials etc.) - $150.00

Total $10445.00

This is an estimated cost. Actual costs could be higher or lower than this total depending on the cost of books and materials and changes in tuition and fees charged by the college.

License and Accreditation

The OTA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a division of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which can be contacted by postal mail at:

c/o Accreditation Department 
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 
Phone number: (301) 652-(AOTA) 

Madisonville Community College’s associate-degree-level 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, all states require licensure 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 16 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

OTA Program Statistics

Academic Year 2021

Fourteen students entered the OTA program August 2019 & eleven students graduated December 2020. 

Ten graduates passed the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam (NBCOT) for a 91% pass rate. 

Academic Year 2020

Sixteen students entered the OTA program August 2018 & sixteen students graduated December 2019.

Thirteen graduates passed the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam (NBCOT) for an 81% pass rate. Only twelve graduates were considered “New Graduates” (NG) by NBCOT for a NG pass rate of 75%.

Academic Year 2019

Sixteen students entered the program & fifteen students graduated December 2018.

Thirteen graduates passed the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam (NBCOT) for a 93% pass rate.

OTA Program national statistics reported by NBCOT

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Kim Qualls, OTD, MS OTR/L

Program Coordinator Associate Professor



Misty Burton, MA, OTR/L

Fieldwork Coordinator
Associate Professor



Tina Seibert

Administrative Assistant