OTA Application Process

Notice of Changes during COVID-19

Applications for the Hybrid 2021 Spring entry will be accepted from December 1 through January 4th.  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 waived at this time and will discussed with Program Director. Turn in what you currently have.
  • The application and the essay should be emailed to Sandra Mathews at Smathews@greenriver.edu
  • Please mail all applications to:

    Sandra Mathews
    Health Occupations Admissions and Credentials Evaluator/Records
    Office of the Registrar
    Green River College
    12401 SE 320th St
    Auburn, WA 98092

OTA Application Process

The OTA program requires students take pre-requisites. Co-requisites, complete shadowing experiences and a timed proctored essay.

Required Co-requisites include: 2 courses in specified sciences, Eng &101 and Psych&100. Co-requisites include Math, Communications and one Sociology course.

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 of 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 Getting Started Guide.

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

Other things to consider:

Ready to begin? Download the Green River College OTA Application and start today!

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

Application and Forms

2021 OTA Application

Applications can be submitted to Sandra Mathews @ smathews@greenriver.edu during the time period of April 15th-May 15th. 

 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)

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