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MU OT adds new Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Posted in School of Health Professions

Mizzou is the first public institution in the nation to offer an OTA baccalaureate degree July 13, 2020 The MU Department of Occupational Therapy is proud to announce a new program — a Bachelor of Health Science with an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) emphasis. The first class of students will start in the fall semester of 2021, and applications are open starting Aug. 1.  What’s the difference between OTs and OTAs? Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) play a key role in providing occupational therapy services in every area of practice. But unlike licensed occupational therapists (OTs), they do not need a graduate-level degree. Many OTA programs are administered at the community college level, but this will allow students interested in pursuing this career to attend a four-year university. “OTAs support occupational therapists and clients by providing services as indicated on the treatment plans developed by the occupational therapists,” said Occupational Therapy...

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