In September 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 850 to establish a statewide baccalaureate pilot program at no more than 15 California community colleges. Santa Ana College was selected as one of these colleges chosen to offer a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies. The Governor recently signed legislation to extend the program. This program continues to meet the needs of our community and our students by providing advanced clinical training and creating opportunities for career advancement for current students in the college’s Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.
Students graduating from the associate degree program have excellent success in passing national certification testing and obtaining employment as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs).
The bachelor’s degree program is for students who have graduated from an OTA program that is accredited by ACOTE. Students will enter the program as 5th semester juniors, and are required to meet the same lower division general education patterns required by four-year universities. Some students may be required to take additional general education. All students must meet with a designated counselor to develop a comprehensive education plan before starting the program.
This program is designed for the working student with Wednesday evening, Saturday, online, and hybrid classes. The schedule is designed to have students attend class on campus no more than twice per week. Lower division classes are $46 per unit and upper division classes are $130 per unit. Students are encouraged to meet with the financial aid department to determine eligibility for financial assistance such as state and federal grants.