Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC)

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO

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About
Ozarks Technical Community College, located in Springfield, Missouri, was founded in 1990 through a vote passed by the Springfield and surrounding school districts to form a technical community college for the region. The school is dedicated to providing developmental opportunities in the areas of culture, education and business for the community. The school encourages personal development and growth, and provides a variety of services to assist residents in meeting their goals. The school serves over 15,000 students a year and has maintained the steady expansion and refurbishment of facilities to meet their needs.

Academics
Ozarks Technical Community College offers a number of programs that provide career training opportunities. These programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in either an associate degree or certificate. Credits earned from programs may also be utilized for transfer to other public schools in Missouri.

Career programs offer training in the skills and abilities necessary to perform as a professional within the workplace of a given field. Students will participate traditional classroom courses as well as practical experience building courses, though the frequency of such practical classes is dependant upon the student's chosen field. When a program is completed the student's degree or certificate will allow for the immediate pursuit of employment at the entry level, having demonstrated competency in the field through graduation. Most programs offered reflect community needs and as such the school provides job placement assistance to match a student to an employer.

Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education, followed by transfer to a four year institution with the intent to complete a bachelor's degree. Public schools within Missouri have agreements in place with the school to facilitate ease of transfer. Students may choose to apply to private or out of state schools though they should meet with an academic advisor to plan their transfer curriculum to best suit the school or school's desired.

Programs offered include:

Admissions
As an open enrollment institution, any student who meets the minimum standards for admission will be able to enter Ozarks Technical Community College. Students should submit a completed application for admission, as well as transcripts from previous schools and standardized test scores. Students may be required to take a placement exam for general education courses. New students are encouraged to participate in orientation and meet with a counselor prior to registration to discuss career goals, program entry and curriculum. Registration takes place before the start of each semester with tuition due shortly thereafter.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial needs, aid program eligibility and monetary awards. Student are required to reapply for financial aid prior to the start of each academic year, and due to federal requirements students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to ensure the SAR's accuracy prior to the disbursement of funds.

Clubs and Organizations
Ozark Technical Community College recognizes a number of clubs and organizations and encourages participation in one or more of them by students. Individuals will find that these organizations provide students with the opportunity to meet like minded individuals and socialize. Clubs and organizations typically focus on academic, cultural, social and extracurricular topics, allowing for educational discourse and participation in a variety of meetings, events and activities. Students who do not find a club that meets their interests may apply to the college to start their own.

Clubs and organizations at OTCC include:

  • Equality
  • Chess Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Student Nurse Asssociation
  • PLANET

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,100-$2,500
    • Out-of-State: $3,800-$4,579
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $88-$110 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $160-$190 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships88%$4,288
Receiving Student Loans36%$6,066

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 22%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Ozarks Technical Community College may offer services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for OTC compared to community colleges in Missouri, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 OTCGreene CountyMissouri
Graduation Rate17.9%-23.1%
Transfer-out Rate18.1%-20.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1967)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2000)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2001)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1998)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (since 1958)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

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