Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Sacramento City College is four semesters and two summers.  The load for a regular semester is 7-9 units, not including courses taken outside of program requirements.  Classes are held in the evenings and on Saturdays.  All clinical fieldwork is held on weekdays during regular business hours.  NOTE:  all fieldwork must be completed within California; out-of-state placements are no longer an option.  Enrollment into the program is through random selection from a pool of applicants who meet minimum qualifications.

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Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  NBCOT is located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877.  They can be contacted by phone at 301-990-7979, and their web address is www.nbcot.org.  NOTE:  A felony conviction may prevent an individual from sitting for the certification exam.  Click here for additional information about this and NBCOT’s Early Determination Review.

After passing the exam, the graduate is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  In order to practice, a license is required.  The California Board for Occupational Therapy (CBOT) issues licenses to qualified applicants.  CBOT is located at 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2050, Sacramento, CA, 95815.  They can be contacted by phone at 916-263-2294, and their web address is www.bot.ca.gov.  NOTE:  Character review questions are required as part of the application process.  Click here for additional information about this requirement.

Program Data
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program collects a variety of date to aid in decision-making processes as well as to inform the public about the program.  The following provides the most recently available data.

NBCOT Exam Pass Rates

YearNumber of Program GraduatesNumber of First-Time Test TakersNumber of First-Time Test Takers Who Passed the ExamPercentage of First-Time Test Takers Who Passed the Exam
3-Year Total72726286%

Program Completion Rates

Cohort Entering Spring of Size of Original CohortStudents Who Exited the Program Prior to Completion Completion Delayed Due to Leave of AbsenceCompletion Delayed Due to Placement of Alternate TrackTotal Completing ProgramPercentage of Cohort Completion
20123231424 75%
5-Year Total161183613483%