Program Prerequisites Effective Spring 2018

Sacramento City College
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Program Requirements

Prerequisite requirements for program application:

  1. Completion of the Los Rios Community College District Reading Proficiency graduation requirement.
  2. Completion of the following courses resulting in a GPA of 2.5 or higher in these courses:
    1. Equivalent courses may be taken at other colleges; see a counselor for additional information
    2. OTA 100 and AH 106 are taught only at SCC, each semester, Saturdays only
    3. Courses taken as Pass/No Pass are counted as a grade of “C” when calculating the overall GPA
Prerequisite requirements for program application
Course NumberCourse NameUnitsComments
AH 106Communication for Allied Health3 LECTaught at SCC only
AH 110Medical Language for Health Care Providers3 LECAdult school courses do not qualify
ORBIOL 100Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology3 LECWithin the last 10 years at time of application
BIOL 430/431Anatomy and Physiology10 LEC/LABWithin the last 10 years at time of application
ORENGWR 300College Composition3 LEC
ENGWR 488Honors College Composition and Research3 LEC
OTA 100Introduction to Occupational Therapy1 LECTaught at SCC only
ORPSYC 300General Principles3 LECWithin the last 10 years at time of application
PSYC 480Honors General Principles3 LECWithin the last 10 years at time of application
ORPSYC 370Human Development: A Life Span3 LECMust be from conception to death
FCS 324Human Development: A Life Span3 LECMust be from conception to death


Critical for you to understand for educational planning

The OTA Program at SCC holds students to high academic standards.  Each semester, students take 7-9 units.  In addition to the core program requirements, general education courses for the associate degree AND general education courses are required for completion.  If you will have to work to any degree while in the program, you are STRONGLY encouraged to complete as much of your general education as possible BEFORE applying.  Historically, students who do not do this have an extremely difficult time completing the program.  In addition, you will not be allowed to register for your final clinical semester until you have met all program graduation requirements.

Educational Planning

This area is for general planning.  You must meet with a counselor to review your individual circumstances.

Graduation Requirements
Graduation RequirementMinimum Units RequiredOTA Program Requirements That Would Meet the Requirement (with units)
Area I:             Humanities3 Units Min.None; SILA or SPAN recommended
Area II:            Languages and Rationality3 Units Minimum
                        II(a): English Composition3 UnitsENGWR 300 (3)
                        II(b): Communication/Analytical Thinking3 UnitsNone; MATH 140 (4) is sufficient, this is not a transferable degree
Area III:           Living Skills3 Units Minimum
                        III(a): Physical Education1 UnitNone
                        III(b): Life Development Skills2 UnitsFCS 340 (3), HEED 300 (3), NUTRI 300 (3), AH 301 (3)
Area IV:           Natural Sciences3 Units Min.BIOL 100 (3), BIOL 430/431 (10)
Area V:            Social and Behavioral Sciences6 Units Minimum
                        V(a): US Institutions3 UnitsNone
                        V(b): Other3 UnitsANTH 310 (3), FCS 324 (3), PSYC 300 (3), PSYC 370 (3), SOC 300 (3)
Area VI:           Ethnic/Multicultural0-3 Units Min.AH 301 (3), ANTH 310 (3)
Reading CompetencySee Counselor
Writing CompetencySee Counselor
Math CompetencySee Counselor
OTA Program RequirementsSee Counselor and/or Attend OTA Program Information Meeting