Occupational Therapy Assistant

New Program Sequence

Effective for the Class Entering Spring 2018

The following prerequisites are required for application during Fall 2017, completed with a grade of “C” or better, and a GPA of 2.5:

  • AH 106 – Communication for Allied Health
  • AH 110 – Medical Language for Health Care Providers
  • BIOL 100 – Anatomy and Physiology* or
    BIOL 430/431 – Anatomy and Physiology*
  • ENGWR 300 – College Composition or
    ENGWR 488 – Honors College Composition and Research
  • OTA 100 – Intro to Occupational Therapy
  • PSYC 300 – General Principles* or
    PSYC 480 – Honors General Principles*
  • PSYC 370 (FCS 324) – Human Development: A Lifespan

You will also need to provide documentation that you have completed the:

  • Los Rios Community College District Reading Proficiency graduation requirement.

Prerequisites courses may be in-progress at the time of application.

*Must be completed within the last 10 years at the time of application.

What is Occupation?

Occupation refers to the meaningful activities of our daily lives. The activities we select as occupations in our lives are based on our values, beliefs, needs, and desires. Contexts influence how we perform these occupations. Contexts can be external factors such as place or thing, or can come from within ourselves such as our age and culture. We also perform occupations within various roles in our lives. A person can be a brother, son, father, husband, basketball player, neighbor, teacher, and carpenter in their life roles. Collectively occupations, contexts, and roles make up our daily lives.  Imagine being unable to engage in occupations. Be it with individuals or groups, occupational therapy practitioners help people develop or restore their abilities to engage in meaningful occupations, within chosen life roles and contexts. Occupational therapy helps people with living life to its fullest™.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Sacramento City College prepares students for employment as an occupational therapy assistant. Occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, cognitive, developmental, social, or emotional problems, need specialized assistance in order to lead an independent, productive, and satisfying life. They may work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, school systems, psychiatric hospitals and private practice outpatient clinics.

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.  For additional information about this and NBCOT’s Early Determination Review go to the NBCOT Get Certified web page.

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.  For additional information about this requirement go to the CBOT Applicants web page.

Want to learn more?  Come to a program information meeting.  Dates and times can be found the above tab Interested Students.  In the meantime, check out some of these helpful links below:

Occupational Therapy Association of California

Public Service Announcement,
produced by Anthony Osiecki, one of our alumni!

The American Occupational Therapy Association

Considering an OT Career
It Takes Occupational Therapy

Accreditation.  The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449.  ACOTE’s phone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA.  Their web address is www.acoteonline.org.  The program at Sacramento City College is accredited through 2019/2020.

National certification exam pass rates can be found for 2013 and 2014 at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) web site.  Over the next three years, the site will be populated with each year until 2016.  At that time, three-year pass rate data will be available.  Click here for NBCOT pass rate data.

Other program data can be found on our Additional Program Data page, including information regarding program completion rates and NBCOT exam pass rates prior to 2013.