The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Madisonville Community College
(MCC) has been granted a Status of Accreditation for a period of 7 years by the Accreditation
Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). A stated function of the American
Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), MCC s Report of On-Site Evaluation for accreditation
was reviewed and approved at the August 4-7 ACOTE meeting.
We are very pleased with a full 7-year reaffirmation of accreditation for our Occupational
Therapy Assistant program. The OTA program is one of our most sought after degrees
with great job opportunities for our graduates in this community and in the region.
Program Coordinator Kim Qualls has worked hard to create a program very closely aligned
with the needs of employers in the field. This hard work by the faculty, Ms. Qualls
and Misty Burton, has certainly paid off for our graduates, shared MCC Chief Academic
Officer Dr. Deborah Cox.
The accreditation review process confirms that MCC s OTA program is in substantial
compliance with the ACOTE Accreditation Standards for an Associate-Degree-Level Educational
Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. The 7-year review cycle is the standard
number of years for reaccreditation. MCC s next OTA on-site evaluation will be scheduled
within academic year 2022-2023.
Interested in a career in Occupational Therapy? The U.S. News and World Report ranked
OTA as #1 in the Best Health Care Support Job category and #25 in the Top 100 Best
Jobs (January 2016 - http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/occupational-therapy-assistant).
An OTA is a trained professional helping people get back into the routine of living.
Whether it is the result of an accident, stroke, or long-term medical condition, individuals
requiring occupational therapy utilize the services of OTAs to help him/her live as
independently as possible by teaching ways to perform the daily tasks and routines
MCC s OTA program can be completed in 18 months. Courses are offered during three
16-week semesters with a clinical experience scheduled during the summer between semesters.
Specialized course work prepares students for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
(COTA) certification examination. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals,
rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care facilities,
as well as within pediatric, community, or educational settings.
To learn more about the OTA program and its admission requirements, visit the Academic
Programs page on MCC s website (madisonville.kctcs.edu). The application deadline
for Fall 2017 program enrollment is March 1.