Occupational Therapy

Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy assistant

Occupational therapy assistants play a key role in providing occupational therapy services in every area of practice with people all across the lifespan.

They support occupational therapists and clients by providing OT treatment services as indicated on the treatment plans developed by the occupational therapists. They also provide feedback to the OTs, the clients, and the health care team about progress made in treatment.

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Accepting applications through July 1 to begin the OTA program in Fall 2023

Admission and application info


The demand for highly-trained OTAs and increasing accreditation requirements prompted the American Occupational Therapy Association to vote in support of entry-level education for OTAs at the bachelor’s level, in addition to the traditional associate’s degree. Our BHS-OTA degree is the first such program at a public institution in Missouri, and one of only a few in the nation.

“The BHS-OTA program opens the door for affordable, high-quality, evidence-based OT education with an entry-level degree that leads to immediate professional health care employment or further education in OT.”—Dr. Tim Wolf, Occupational Therapy Department Chair.


See the required courses to complete the BHS-OTA degree program.

Admission and application

Learn more about prerequisite courses, GPA requirements and the application process.

Currently licensed OTAs

Advance your career with a bachelor’s degree! The Bachelor of Health Science online degree program is 100% online, so you can complete your degree while working as an OTA.