Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accepting applications to enter Fall 2023 2023 OTA Application: between April 15-June 1 Once completed please submit your application by going to GRC Secure Document Upload

About our program: What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a health discipline that provides services to people whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury, illness, and developmental, psychosocial or aging-related problems.

Occupational therapy means therapy that enables a person to gain the functions necessary to perform day-to-day work, self-care and leisure activities as related to one's roles. For example, a person with a disability may need to relearn how to dress themselves, how to safely take a bus or how to prepare a basic meal.

Occupational Therapy Assistant work in collaboration with Registered Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapy practitioners work in schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, return to work, adult day health, mental health institutions with individuals from birth to 100 years old.

Why Choose Our Program?

Two program tracks are offered including a traditional full time track and a Hybrid Program track which is the only hybrid program offered in the state of Washington.

Two program tracks are offered including a Traditional full time track and a Hybrid Program track which is the only hybrid program offered in the state of Washington.

  • Curriculum Design is well integrated into each course
  • Exceptionally strong Student Organization
  • 100% student membership in American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Faculty continues to practice in the community
  • Faculty considered experts in their field
  • High rate of employment
  • First OTA program in the state of Washington
  • Curriculum reflects current community practice
  • 1:1 in depth advising to increase student success rate
  • Excellent relationship with our community partners
  • Curriculum is set for each quarter

Choosing the Program that Fits You!

Worth noting about the program and computer requirements:

Some of our lectures are pre-recorded and students are expected to listen to lectures prior to their scheduled course meeting time. Please visit here for Basic Technology Requirements.



There are required pre-requisites and co-requisites that an applicant must take. Effective 2023, All applicants applying in 2023 will need all pre-requisites by the time of turning in the application and co-requisites completed before start of the program. If you have not done this please contact the program director mporras-monroe@greenvier.edu. You can access more information at Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites.



YES, COVID-19 Vaccine: Required to participate in the program and clinical placements. Must be either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna series or the Johnson and Johnson one dose. Currently, clinical partners also require at least one booster to participate in clinical rotations. At this time, our clinical partner s DO NOT accept exceptions of any kind for the COVID 19 vaccine requirements. In addition, other vaccination requirements go to Program and Fieldwork Immunization and Vaccination Requirements




  • Designed for students who need more flexibility in the day hours
  • Courses are offered throughout the week with occasional Saturday intensive labs or community service work. Ideally students come to campus 2-3 times per week in the evening dependent on scheduling of courses and how instruction is delivered.
  • Courses offered on-line and in face-to-face format
  • Students must be self-directed, computer literate, and have ready access to computer technology to use on-line course delivery method
  • Level I fieldwork required involving day-time clinic observations
  • Program demands align with part time employment
  • Nine (9) quarters in length
  • Program is developmental in design where students must finish foundational classes in program before entering application academic practice classes
  • Program Start: Spring quarter, odd years
    Applicants apply approximately late December through Mid January
    Courses throughout the summer
    Face to face course times vary but can start as early as 4:00pm.

View full OTA Curriculum Sequence 2022

View full Estimated Costs of Program 


  • Designed for students who are free to attend full-time day classes Monday through Friday, with some early evening courses. An occasional Saturday may be expected to allow for community service work.
  • For those who desire a structured program in a traditional classroom lecture/lab format
  • Seven (7) quarters in length; quarters 6 and 7 consisting of full-time internship/fieldwork
  • Full time employment is not recommended
  • Program is developmental in design where students must finish foundational classes in program before entering application practice classes
  • Program Start: Fall quarter
    Applicants apply approximately between April-May of the year entering
    Summers off

GRC Retention

For the three most recent calendar years ( 2019, 2020, 2021), retention and graduation rate is below

 Graduation YearStudents entering/graduatesGraduation Rate









*Decrease in students due to multiple reasons most recently due to COVID.

Performance of GRC graduates on the NBCOT certification exam can be found at NBCOT.


Information Sessions

Information sessions for Green River's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.

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Contact & Location

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How to submit your application


Accreditation Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). They are located at:

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301)652-AOTA (2682)

COVID Updates


Occupations: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Earnings: Range from $26.13 to $29.36 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Data source: CareerOneStop.org