Occupational Therapy Assistant

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?

  • Curriculum Design is well integrated into each course
  • Exceptionally strong Student Organization
  • Two program tracks are offered.
    • Part time Hybrid Program-only hybrid program offered in the state of Washington
    • Full traditional day time track.
  • Faculty continue 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 success rate
  • Excellent relationship with our community partners

GRC Pass/Fail Rate

For the three most recent calendar years (2013, 2014, 2015), the performance of GRC graduates of the occupational therapy assistant program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:

 Graduation YearStudents entering/graduatesGraduation RateNBCOT Exam Pass Rate
2014  46/32 80% 96%
2015 45/37 82% 94%
2016 18/9 50% 100%

View pass rates for all OTA programs at NBCOT.

Choosing the Program that Fits You!


  • Program Start: Spring quarter
  • Part time-goes through summer 
  • 9 quarters
    *Courses times: 5pm-10 except FW assignments –done during the day
    *Frequency: 2/week based on enrollment

View full OTA Curriculum Sequence.


  • Program Start: Fall quarter
  • Full time summers off
  • 7 quarters
    *Courses times: variable 7am-early evening
    *Frequency: variable , could be 5 days a week

Degrees & Certificates


Contact & Location

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

Information Sessions

Sessions are held in Student Affairs (SA) 259

  • January 29, 2019
    5:30 p.m. - Application Workshop
  • January 30, 2019
    8 a.m.
  • April 23, 2019
    5:30 p.m.
  • May 1, 2019
    8 a.m.

Application and Forms

Applications for Spring 2019 entry Hybrid Program will be accepted December 14, 2018 - January 31, 2019.

Applications for Fall 2019 entry Traditional Program will be accepted April 13 - May 13, 2019.

Contact Health Occupations for more information:

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:
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
    (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