OTA Prerequisites & Essential Functions

Pre-requisites, Essential Functions, Shadowing and Immunization Requirements

The OTA program has pre-requisites and co-requirements. All pre-requisites must be completed prior to admission to program. It is highly recommended that applicants complete most if not all co-requisites prior to starting program or majority of course.

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

Applicants must complete a total of 20 hours of shadowing experiences in 2 different settings. Applicant must shadow OT practitioners. Applicants who work in a setting may be able to count it as 1 shadow experience.

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

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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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