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Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Do you like helping others?

Do you want a professional health care career without graduate school?

If yes, Mizzou’s new Occupational Therapy Assistant major might be right for you.

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Join one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) combine science, creativity and compassion to help people become independent in their everyday lives.

Mizzou’s OTA bachelor’s degree is one of the first in the nation.

  • Average salary: $61,510 (Source:, May 2019)
  • Settings: Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, workplaces and clients’ homes
  • Specializations: Rehabilitation and disability; mental health; health and wellness; productive aging; children and youth; work and industry; and emerging practice

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What are Occupational Therapy Assistants?

OTAs treat clients under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT). As an OTA, you can work in a variety of practice settings with individuals from children to older adults. You’ll help clients overcome obstacles and challenges due to illness, injury or disability.

Activities cover a wide range and can consist of everything from helping a child with developmental disabilities improve hand writing to helping stroke patients relearn dressing techniques and much more.


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