OTA Job Shadowing Requirements

Shadowing Experience

Job shadowing experiences are not required at this time due to COVID. However, if an applicant were able to shadow, we recommend at least 20 hours. To get a better understanding of our practice areas, 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, academia 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 Job Shadowing Form that must be completed by your Occupational Therapy Practitioner that you shadow.

Submitting Forms: If all job shadows are complete please turn in with your application. If you are in progress of completing your job shadow and have already turned in your application, please mail to:

OTA Program Director
Green River College
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092

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Contact & Location

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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