Occupational Therapy Assisant Program
ABOUT THE CAREER:
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work with people of all ages who, because of physical, cognitive, developmental, social or emotional problems need specialized assistance in order to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. An OTA may help a child to hold a crayon or assist a woman with arthritic hands adapt her kitchen so that she is able to cook for her family. An OTA can also teach a worker how to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
Sacramento City College's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a part-time evening program. The curriculum consists of General Education courses, including biological, social and behavioral sciences and occupational therapy courses. The program utilizes classroom instruction and extensive fieldwork experiences to prepare the student to meet certification and employment standards. The curriculum for the program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; telephone: 301.652.2682).
Program costs include college enrollment fees and approximately $800 for books and supplies; physical examinations and immuniztions; malpractice insurance; and uniforms. Additionally, graduation and licensing fees of approximately $500 are needed upon completion of the program.
APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT:
To be eligible for the enrollment process applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, have fulfilled the reading requirement and satisfactorily completed or have in process all prerequisite courses. Since program enrollment is limited, an application and official transcripts must be submitted for enrollment consideration.
DEGREE AND LICENSURE:
Students who satisfactorily complete the program's required prerequisite, General Education and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program courses and fulfill the program's Graduation Requirements will receive an Associate in Science Degree. Graduates are also eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most states require licensure to practice, however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam.
WHY SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE?:
Sacramento City College (SCC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District and provides educational opportunities for nearly 20,000 students at the college and its three outreach centers. Courses are offered to California residents at a tremendous savings. The 60-acre main campus is located across from William Land Park and has its own light rail station. SCC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance. Anyone with an interest in career exploration may take a career aptitude test to help identify career options that match an individual's interest and personality. Visit www.losrios.edu and select "Take a career aptitude test" under the Places of Interest heading, to take a free self-assessment survey. Although Los Rios Community College District is unable to recommend a specific self-assessment testing service, an example of the many different online self=assessment testing organizations is My Life Coach at www.mylifecoach.com. When accessing online testing sites, be aware that a fee may be charged for the use of their service.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend Sacramento City College, visit www.scc.losrios.edu or call the Allied Health Office Office at 916.558.2271. Compliance Statement / Nondiscrimination Sacramento City College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.