OTA Application Process

OTA Application Process

Students declaring OTA as their career path can apply for contingency acceptance when registering for their Science Course. Complete the application on home page and essay. The criteria for Getting to know  Occupational Therapy  is can be submitted 2 months prior to the start of your first quarter. Other General Education courses currently required can be taken prior or concurrently to being in program. Although highly recommended to take the additional courses prior to starting program, they can be taken concurrently.

Currently the courses required include  Science (s) course, Eng &101 and Psych&100. Co-requisites include Math, Communications and one Sociology course. Applicants need not complete all these prior to the start of the program.

Effective Summer 2024: Changes to pre-quisites and co-requisites.  The prerequisite will be One Science &175 OR &241 OR AP 103.  Co-requisites that can be taken while in program are: Math 070 or higher, &English 101 and 5 credits of CMST.

Prerequisite RequirementsCo-requisite Requirements*

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AP 103 and AP 104 or BIOL& 241)


ONE Communication course:
CMST& 220 Public Speaking or CMST& 230 Small Group Communication 
BIOL& 241 and 242
MATH 070 or higher (Pre-Algebra or higher)
OR Bio $175 AND 5 credits from Humanities/Fine Arts/English Distribution (non-performance), Social Science Distribution or Natural Science List 
English Composition (ENGL&101)

ONE Sociology Class from the following:

Anth& 206 Cultural Anthropology, Anth& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine, Cmst 238 Intercultural Communication, Geog& 200 Human Geography, Human 133 People, Language and Culture, Human 186 Peoples of the World, Soc& 101 Introduction to Sociology, Soc& 201 Social Problems, Soc 205 Sociology of Disability

Introduction to Psychology PSYC&100  
*A&P Courses have to be taken in sequence at the same institution. *Co-requisites are highly recommended to be completed before the start of the program 

Sequencing all Anatomy and Physiology courses must be taken at the same institution. Central Washington University courses (EXSCI 350, EXSCI 350Lab, EXSCI 351 and EXSCI 351Lab) and Washington State University courses (KINES/MVTST 262 and KINES/MVTST 380) meet the AP 103 and AP 104 OTA degree requirement at GRC.

For a complete listing and to see where you need to begin see the OTA Program Pre-Requisites and Co-Requisites sections of the Curriculum sequence

Once you determine which required pre-requisites and co-requisites are required, determine what path best fits you. 

Once you determine which required pre-requisites and co-requisites are required, determine what path best fits you.

Other things to consider and to do:

Candidate Selection Process:

Selection is based on the following system (not in order of priorities):

  • Grades in pre-requisites, co-requisites and cumulative college GPA
  • Number of completed supporting co-requisites at time of application. If there is hardship completing co-requisites, please contact the Program Director.
  • Essay score
  • Knowledge about Occupational Therapy

Students assume all responsibility for reading and following instructions.

Candidates who meet the requirements (academically, job shadow, and essay) are offered contingency acceptance into the program. Once offered a contingency spot in program, the candidate will receive information regarding the second step of the selection process which is completion of a National Background Check and Washington State Patrol Background Check. Again, applicants are awarded more points if pre-requisites and co-requisites are completed at time of application.  If you had difficulty completing co-requisites please contact mporras-monroe@greenriver.edu

Coming Summer 2024:

Students who declare Occupational Therapy Assistant and apply will receive a contingency acceptance.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to be placed in fieldwork which is required to complete the requirements of the degree and affect the graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. If you do have a conviction on record you can contact NBCOT at NBCOT Character Review and Pre-Determination for eligibility.

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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)

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