OTA Application Process

Application Checklist

  • Completed prerequisites (1 prerequisite can be outstanding at the time of application but must be completed successfully prior to start of the quarter)
  • If you have taken courses or completed a degree at a different institution, send your official transcripts to enrollment services AND fill out a Transcript Evaluation Request (If you do not fill out this form, your transcript will not be evaluated). Students with international transcripts need to first evaluate their transcript through a third party evaluator
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  • Completed Co-requisites (Co-requisites can be in progress, and highly recommended to be completed before the start of the program)
  • Applicants are required to shadow an Occupational Therapist or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for a total of 20 hours. It is highly recommended that applicants shadow and Occupational Therapy practitioner in at least two different settings. Occupational Therapy practitioners can be found in school setting, outpatient clinics (adult, pediatrics, hands and return to work), hospital, skilled nursing centers, adult day health and psychiatric settings, to mention a few. You can also access the Washington Occupational Therapy Association website for resources. If you are employed in a setting that allows you to work side by side with an Occupational Therapy practitioner, such as a Rehabilitation Therapy Aide, 10 hours can be counted towards your 20 hours. Please see the application for the form that must be completed by your Occupational Therapy Practitioner that you shadow.
  • Essay, completed at Green River’s Assessment & Testing Center

Dates and Application 

Applications are available year round.  The approximate time period that applications can be turned in is:

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

If the applicant has missed the deadline please contact the Health Occupations Advisor for assistance:

Candidate Selection Process:

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

  • Grades in pre-requisites, cumulative college GPA (past 5 years), and grades in supporting courses
  • Job shadowing
  • Essay score
  • Related work experience
  • Students assume all responsibility for reading and following instructions

Candidates who meet the requirements (academically, job shadow, and essay) are offered a 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 is completion of a National Background Check and completion of a Washington State Patrol Background Check. Any student who applies while taking or plan to take remaining pre-prerequisite, will not get a final acceptance until passing of that specific course.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to be placed in fieldwork site 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.

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Contact & Location

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

Information Sessions

No information sessions are scheduled at this time. Please email Health Occupations Admissions for more information about this program.

Application and Forms

Applications for Fall 2019 entry Traditional Program are still be accepted. We will accept applications until the cohort is full.

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)

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