Costs & Requirements

In addition to standard Green River College's tuition and fees, OTA students will also be responsible for additional program related fees which will include textbook, criminal background check, insurance and transportation costs. In addition, drug testing and/or fingerprinting may be required.

Students must also provide documentation of required vaccinations and certifications, and undergo a background check.

In addition to the Green River College tuition and fees, the OTA student will have additional expenses including

  • Required OTA Textbooks: Textbook costs will vary, but you can anticipate spending about $800-$1000 on books over the course of the program. These books will become valuable resources for you as a practicing COTA.
  • Co-op fees: Some classes require Co-op fees which average $5 - $75 per quarter*, which includes but is not limited to AOTA membership and immunization tracking.
  • OTA Program Shirt: $20*
  • Insurance:
    • Health Insurance - Proof of current health insurance is recommended. Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan can be purchased through Green River College. For more information on current rates, please contact the Cashier’s Office at (253) 833-9111, ext 2050.
    • General Liability Insurance - The academic school year rate is $3.50* per year.
  • Transportation: Students are expected to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical facilities.
  • National Criminal History Background Check: $55*
  • Vaccinations: Students will be required to be fully immunized according to current Immunization Requirements in order to participate in clinicals. Costs will vary depending upon your vaccinations needs and provider costs.
  • Possible drug testing and finger printing per fieldwork placement requirement $30 - $50.*
  • NBCOT Certification Exam: $500 (additional fees for results to be sent to other locations).

*Costs are subject to change.

  • Health Insurance – Proof of current health insurance is recommended. A Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan can be purchased through Green River College. For more information on current plans/rates, please contact the Cashier’s Office at (253) 833-9111, ext 2050. Students who choose to not have health insurance coverage will be required to sign a Waiver.
  • General Liability Insurance is required for each year and needs to be purchased from the Cashier’s Office in the fall quarter of each school year.

As part of the program, students will be placed at various clinical sites throughout the Puget Sound region*. Since we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate location requests, students need to be prepared to travel to clinical sites not served by public transportation.

* Clinical Placements are also available outside of Puget Sound and across the nation. Due to limited clinical placements in our area, we ask that students be willing to consider being placed in at least one clinical site outside of our area. Students are responsible for living arrangements.

All students must complete and maintain an OTA Student Clinical Checklist upon entry into the OTA Program. This checklist is subject to change as Clinical Standards are updated by individual facilities. Below is a list of vaccinations you will need to be in compliance with in order to be placed for your First Clinical.

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) – requires a positive titer reading or verification of 2 vaccinations.
  • Tetanus/Diptheria – requires proof of primary vaccination and a Tdap Booster within the last 10 years
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – requires a positive titer reading or verification of 2 vaccinations and/or titer.
  • Hepatitis B - requires a 3 shot series at 0,1,and 6 months* followed by a Hep B surface antibody titer confirmation at least 6 weeks later or Positive Titer Reading (anti-HBs.) *The series must be initiated within the first month of the program.
  • TB (PPD) – Must be repeated annually. The first year you must either complete a Two-Step Skin Test**, a QuantiFERON (QFT) or a Chest X-Ray.
  • Influenza (FLU) – Must be repeated annually.

**The Two-Step Skin Test involves the usual PPD skin test in which you receive an injection of PPD and the test area is observed followed by a second repeat test 1-2 weeks after the first test.

Students must have a clear record to be assigned to fieldwork sites. A criminal background history will limit or prevent clinical placement, certification eligibility* and/or employability.

To ensure compliance with the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act (RCW 43.43.830-43.43.840), the Occupational Therapy Assistant program requires that all students obtain a Certified National Background Check. Instructions on how to do this will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Each student is also required to participate in a Washington State Patrol Background Check for criminal history prior to entry into the program and annually throughout their participation in the program. The clearance must be free of any violations or convictions, including domestic violence.

As per the college’s Attorney General, we have been advised to inform clinics of any criminal history found on either the National or WSP Background Checks prior to placing a student for a Clinical. Those students with criminal history will be required to sign the “Authorization For Release Of Student Information” form which gives us permission to share this information with clinics. It is up to the discretion of individual clinics whether they will accept or decline a student based on their history.

*NBCOT’s Character Review Program serves the public interest by screening illegal, unethical and incompetent behaviors of individuals who are yet to be certified by NBCOT. Their Early Determination Review service is available to individuals who have a felony charge or conviction and wants to know if this this will disqualify them from being eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification exam. This also applies to those individuals who have been convicted of a felony, but records and convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released or sealed. This process is highly recommended if you do have a felony charge or conviction prior to the start of the program. For more information on this service, please visit the NBCOT's website . **