The schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Jefferson City on March 4. The non-binding agreement signals the intent of the institutions to work toward creating this degree.
“Missouri State University is excited to partner with St. Charles Community College,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “Demand for health care workers exceeds the numbers of students colleges can graduate. This will help meet the need for occupational therapy assistants in the St. Louis area.”
The program will be accredited through St. Charles Community College. Admission and financial aid will also run through the college.
“This is an historic moment for higher education in Missouri as a community college and four-year university work together to solve critical issues of employment and health care within our communities. SCC is proud to partner with Missouri State University to jointly confer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant,” said Dr. Barbara Kavalier, president of St. Charles Community College.
“The graduates of this new degree will support the many health care providers that are experiencing an increase in patients with complex health needs.”
Most classes will occur at St. Charles Community College. SCC will work to obtain approval from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission for expansion of their mission.
Missouri State will be delivering its part of the curriculum in person at SCC or online.
Diplomas will be from both schools.