OTA Prerequisites & Essential Functions

Pre-requisites, Essential Functions, Shadowing and Immunization Requirements

The OTA program has pre-requisites and co-requirements. It is highly recommended that all pre-requisites and co-requisites be completed prior to submitting your application in order to recieve higher points received.

  • For all applying for entry Fall 2022, only 1 pre-req can be outstanding when submitting your application and must be completed prior to the start of program and your entrance will not be confirmed until final grades are posted.
  • All co-requirements must be taken prior to starting program.
  • For applicants appling in 2023, All pre-requisites must be completed when you application is submitted for review. All co-requisites must be completed prior to first day of the program.
  • As a reminder all courses must be passed with a 75% and your cumulative a 2.5.
  • View OTA Prerequisites & Application Information

Students must possess abilities to provide safe high quality care and treatment for their patients.

The OTA program complies with Clinical Northwest Passport requirements for fieldwork. Each fieldwork may or may not have additional requirements.

Disqualifying Factors

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges, and negative actions automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles and children.

As part of the admission requirement to the OTA program, applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check. Immediate disqualifiers to the program can be found at DSHS Secretary’s list of Crimes and Negative actions (add link) you will need to check option 1 (Aging and Long term Support Administration) and option 2 (Children’s administration).

In addition, individual clinical sites may have additional disqualifiers that would prevent a student from fulfilling their clinical rotation requirement. Alternate clinical rotation agreements will not be made.

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.

Graduates will be eligible for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Access the following sites for additional information:

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)