OTA Application Process

Notice of Changes during COVID-19

Applications for the Traditional full time program FALL 2022 entry will be accepted from April 15th-May 15th.  In the event that the cohort is not full, additional applications may be accepted past the due date at the discretion of the department.

Please read the following adjustment to the application process due to COVID-19:

  • Shadowing experiences are encouraged but not mandatory at this time. If you completed a shadowing experience complete the shadowing form and submit with application. If you attempted to shadow a site and was declined, please provide a list of the sites on a separate piece of paper.
  • The application, shadowing forms, and the essay should be emailed to RegistrarsOffice@greenriver.edu

OTA Application Process

The OTA program requires students to take pre-requisites. Co-requisites, complete shadowing experiences and submit essay with assigned prompt. See application for prompt.

Required Co-requisites include: 2 courses in specified sciences, Eng &101 and Psych&100. Co-requisites include Math, Communications and one Sociology course. All applicants applying in 2023 will need all pre-requisites by the time of turning in the application and co-requisites completed before start of the program.

Prerequisite RequirementsCo-requisite Requirements*
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AP 103 or BIOL& 241) ONE Communication course:
CMST& 220 Public Speaking or CMST& 230 Small Group Communication 
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AP 104 or BIOL& 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  
*Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) courses have a 7 year expiration date.
*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 OTA Getting Started Requirements and Checklist.

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:

Ready to begin? Download the 2022 OTA Application and start today! 

Candidate Selection Process:

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

  • Grades in pre-requisites, supporting courses and cumulative college GPA (past 5 years),
  • Number of completed supporting co-requisites at time of application. Applicants are awarded points based on the number of supporting courses taken.
  • 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 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. For 2022 admissions, Any student who applies while taking or planning to take the remaining pre-prerequisite will not get a final acceptance until passing that specific course. Again, applicants are awarded more points if pre-requisites and co-requisites are completed at time of application. Important to note, 2023 students must have completed all pre-requisites at the time of submitting their application and if any co-requisites are incomplete, these must be taken prior to the start day of the program.

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.

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)