OTA Application Process

Application Checklist

  • Completed prerequisites (1 prerequisite can be outstanding at the time of application)
  • 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 need to complete 20 hours of job shadowing in 2 different settings and have the practitioner complete. Completed job shadow forms (found in application): 2 forms from 2 different settings must be submitted. The job shadow verification form. Example: 12 hours in a school setting and 8 hours in a hand therapy clinic
  • Essay, completed at Green River’s Assessment & Testing Center

Dates and Application 

Applications are open year round for the current application year can be submitted at any time in order to be awarded (if qualified) one of the 24 spots.  Indicate which program track is your priority. 

  • Approximate deadline for Hybrid track: February 29, 2018
  • Approximate deadline for Traditional track: June 15, 2018 

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

Candidate Selection Process:

Students are selected for the program who have demonstrated academic competence and a familiarity with occupational therapy including the essential functions of the occupational therapy assistant student. The procedures used in selection, evaluation and retention do not discriminate and are consistent with the policies of Green River College.

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
  • Professionalism: Applicants who have displayed unprofessional behavior risk losing points
  • 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.

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.

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)