We will begin accepting applications from June to September 2014 for starting the program in the spring of 2015.
The prerequisites for the OTA Program include the completion of the following courses, with a grade of "C" or better:
1. Biology 149, Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 units) OR Biology 239 and 249 (8 units total). This course must be taken within the last ten years - see equivalent A&P courses
2. English 101 or 101H (4 units)
3. Communication Studies 101, 101H, 102, 140, 145, or 152 (3 units)
4. Psychology 100 or 100H (3 units)
For a total of 14 - 18 units.
Step 1: Apply to Santa Ana College to obtain a student ID#.
Please note: Application and Transcripts will not be evaluated without a student ID number.
Step 2: Submit application and official transcripts to the OTA Department. All college/university transcripts must be official in a sealed envelope. Please allow at least two to four weeks processing time for verification of OTA application.
Mail application and official transcripts to:
Santa Ana College
Attn: OTA Department
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
**Applicants must have completed all prerequisite classes before submitting an application. Students will not be placed on the waitlist until all official transcripts are received. It is the student's responsibility to be certain that all transcripts have been received**
Step 3: Official High School transcript must be on file at the Admissions Office. This is REQUIRED if you DO NOT have an associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution. Graduates from foreign countries (without a US degree) must have transcripts officially evaluated stating the equivalent of US senior high school graduation.
Step 4: Completion of the following tests. Required of all applicants except those that have a bachelor's degree. These tests are for the purpose of providing guidance and for establishment that pre-requisite skills for OTA 101 and 101L have been met.
- College Test of English Placement (reading section only) showing a score of 25 or above.
- Santa Ana College Test in Math, Level III, showing a total score at 18 or above or successful completion of Intermediate Algebra, Math 080 or 081 with a grade of "C" or better.
Step 5: Completion of the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET). The cost of this test is approximately $35 and will be paid by the applicant. More information will be posted when the details are finalized.
Step 6: Submit a valid copy of your CPR card. CPR card MUST be the Healthcare Provider BLS from the American Heart Association.
Step 7: Once the application has been accepted the student will be scheduled to take a 20 minute in-class writing assignment that will be completed in the OTA classroom.
Once selected, students must provide evidence of a physical examination and appropriate immunizations, verifying the applicant's physical ability to perform the clinical requirement of an occupational therapy assistant. Examinations must have been performed within 6 months prior to beginning the OTA program.
Students who are "no show" on the first day of class will be dropped and an alternate will replace them.
Summary of Application Materials:(1) Program Application(2) Official Transcripts(3) Scores on the English Placement Test(4) Scores on the Math Placement Test(5) Scores on the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)(6) Valid CPR card from a Healthcare Provider BLS from the American Heart Assocation