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Notice to Applicants

About the Waitlist System

The SCC OTA program uses a waitlist system for program enrollment. This enables a student to submit one application, rather than one each year as was the case before the waitlist. Once your application is approved, you will receive an enrollment date for when your cohort will begin. All cohorts begin in the spring semester.

While on the waitlist, students use this time to save additional money for school and fieldwork requirements. It provides time to arrange childcare and other family needs or to arrange transportation and housing. The waitlist also gives the student time to arrange life activities and responsibilities so that when enrolled in the program, their focus can be on a fast track to completion, certification, and employment.

That said, the waitlist is a dynamic process that can have many changes. For seats that open early, the list will shift so that the next in line are offered enrollment earlier than expected, if they choose. Open seats are offered in the order of eligibility on the waitlist, however, there have been instances of significant changes in the waitlist. For additional discussion on this topic, please attend a program information session.

Application Requirements / Enrollment Eligibility

To enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assisting (OTA) program students must be eligible for graduation with the exception of OTA coursework and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Courses passed with a grade of “P” or “CR” will be calculated into the student’s GPA as a “C” grade.

Steps to Apply to OTA

Please review the eligibility requirements above carefully. All students must be graduation-ready to be eligible for enrollment.

  1. Apply to Sacramento City College.
  2. Attend an OTA information session.
  3. Submit a Course Substitution Petition for any OTA Program Course taken outside the Los Rios Community College District and not included on the OTA Course Equivalency Chart.
  4. Provide official college transcripts for any college outside of the Los Rios Community College District (American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake or Sacramento City Colleges) to the Admissions and Records Office to be placed on your record prior to applying to the program.
  5. Complete a Course Verification Form prior to application.
    • Instructions. Read over the Course Verification & App Instructions very carefully before you complete this form.
    • Verification. The form must be verified by a Los Rios counselor. To ensure you and your counselor have enough time to verify courses during your appointment, fill in your form prior to your meeting.
  6. Read the Required Commitment for Completing the OTA Program and the Essential Functions Required of Allied Health Students
  7. Complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant online application between midnight on August 21, 2023 and 11:59 pm on October 15, 2023 and upload all supporting documents in PDF format.
    1. Students in a summer course should wait to apply until after grades have posted to their transcript. Students with Fall in-progress coursework must show proof of enrollment at the time of application and submit proof of successful completion at the end of the semester to retain eligibility. Waitlisted courses cannot be counted for in-progress coursework.

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