Sacramento School with an Occupational Therapy Program
Only one school in the Sacramento area, Sacramento City College, offers any type of occupational therapy training. This school, which is about 13 minutes from downtown, has an associate's degree program for aspiring occupational therapy assistants. This article examines the school and this program. It also includes information on pertinent aspects of the school, such as enrollment, tuition, the student retention rate and the graduation rate.
Students who are deciding on a school need to be aware of many aspects. This table presents important facts for them to consider in making a decision.
|Sacramento City College|
|School Type*||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||21,323|
|Campus Setting*||Large City|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$1,104 in-state; $8,208 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||76%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open Admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||65% for full-time students; 25% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies in 2014)*||24% (9% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Sacramento City College
The oldest college in Sacramento, Sacramento City College began in 1916 as part of Sacramento High School, becoming a separate institution six years later. The occupational therapy assistant degree program is part of the Science and Allied Health Division, which also has programs in physical therapy, nursing and health care. Graduates can apply for national certification as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant by taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.
Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
This 2-year, 64- to 74-credit program is a comprehensive introduction to occupational therapy. It provides the training needed for an entry-level career in the field as an occupational therapy assistant and includes both a theoretical understanding of occupational therapy and in-depth knowledge of occupational therapy's practice and procedures. Students learn to assist people with problems of many kinds, including physical, developmental, social and emotional, in living full and independent lives. Many different contexts are explored within the program, including developmental disabilities, pediatric conditions, physical disabilities and psychosocial dysfunction.
Additional courses cover general topics in biology and health, such as nutrition, physiology, human development and medical language. Students gain much hands-on experience, beginning with observation at an occupational therapy clinic as part of the introductory course. The final project involves two 324-hour courses of fieldwork, under professional supervision and in different clinical settings. Fieldwork requires students to commit to a background check and submit various health-related documents, including physical examination and drug testing results, current CPR certification and immunization records.
The closest school to Sacramento with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is Samuel Merritt University, which is a health sciences university about 67 miles away in Oakland.