Occupational Therapy Assistant

New Enrollment Eligibility Requirements

Effective for the Class Entering Spring 2020

The following courses, or their equivalent, will be required for application during Fall 2019, completed with a grade of “C” or better, and applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher:

  • AH 106 – Communication for Allied Health
  • AH 110 – Medical Language for Health Care Providers
  • AH 301 – Health Care in a Multicultural Society or
    ANTH 310 – Cultural Anthropology or
    SOC 300 – Introductory Sociology
  • BIOL 100 – Anatomy and Physiology* or
    BIOL 430/431 – Anatomy and Physiology*
  • LIBR 307 – Medical Information Resources
  • NUTRI 300 – Nutrition or
    NUTRI 480 – Nutrition Honors or
    HEED 300 – Health Science
  • OTA 100 – Intro to Occupational Therapy
  • PSYC 300 – General Principles* or
    PSYC 480 – Honors General Principles*
  • PSYC 370 (FCS 324) – Human Development: A Lifespan

In addition, you will also need to have completed general education courses and competencies:

  • Area I – Humanities
  • Area II(b)- Communication and Analytical Thinking
  • Area III(a)- Physical Education
  • Area V(a)- American Institutions
  • Area VI- Ethnic/Multicultural Studies
  • Reading Competency
  • Writing Competency
  • Math Competency

Courses may be in-progress at the time of application.

Students must have all transcripts and course substitution forms on file with the SCC Admissions & Records department at the time of application.

NOTE: This list should be used for reference while other pages on the OTA website are being updated. The document required for application will be posted as soon as it is available.

*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


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 2013-2016 at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) web site. Click here for NBCOT pass rate data.

Program completion rates can be found on our Additional Program Data page.