Occupational Therapy Assistant

Due to Covid, Level 2 placements dates are variable and may impact graduation dates.  In addition, mode of delivery may not be Face to Face and may be delivered by zoom synchronously due to restriction mandated by complications of COVID. Students must have a computer that has the capabilities for synchronous zoom to include a camera and microphone. It is recommended that the computer of choice allow for the student to bring the device to campus and for home use.

For more questions about this, contact the OTA Program Director, mporras-monroe@greenriver.edu and https://www.greenriver.edu/students/academics/e-learning/prepare/tech-requirements/ for Basic Technology Requirements.


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.


  • 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

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

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.

Degrees & Certificates


Contact & Location

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at:

  • Melissa Porras-Monroe
    OTA Program Director
    253-931-6902 (Phone calls only)

Application and Forms

Applications can be submitted to RegistrarsOffice@greenriver.edu

Contact a Health Science Occupations Advisor:

Health Occupations Admissions
253-833-9111, ext. 2641

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)


Occupations: Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

Data source: CareerOneStop.org