To prepare-entry level occupational therapy assistants with the knowledge, skills, values and professional behaviors necessary to effectively provide occupation-based intervention to reach desired outcomes to a diverse population and practice settings.


In partnership with GRCC, the OTA program will contribute to Green River College's vision for 2020 to be ranked among the very best in student completion and success and be an invaluable community partner and asset with robust and diverse revenue streams.

  1. Prepare students for successful completion of Levels I and II Fieldwork.
  2. Prepare students to successfully pass the national certification examination as administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupation Therapy, Inc
  3. Ready students to meet requirements and apply for Occupational Therapy licensure in Washington State.
  4. Provide students with learning opportunities to develop entry-level professional and marketable skills and behaviors as described in the standards for an OTA program as outlined by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and by American Occupational Therapy Association Roles and Responsibilities document. This will allow graduates to compete and succeed in increasingly complex practice settings.
  5. Develop within students, an appreciation and respect for the worthiness and uniqueness of themselves and all persons regardless of race, age, religion, gender, culture or socioeconomic status.
  6. Foster, through classroom, laboratory, service learning and clinical settings the skills and abilities needed for lifelong learning to enhance professional and personal development.
  7. Enable students to clearly and accurately communicate the benefits of occupational therapy services and the uniqueness of the profession.
  8. Enhance student learning by incorporating campus-wide learning outcomes into curriculum requirements. These include measureable outcomes in the areas of responsibility, written communication, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking.

Problem-based Learning

In the Green River OTA Program, instruction is presented through problem-based learning. Problem-based learning is an active approach to learning, which is focused around a clinical or scientific problem. Using this method, students are presented with various real world or simulated clinical scenarios. These case studies enable the students to assess their areas of knowledge and growth to enhance professional reasoning skills in order to develop clinical competence in preparation for application in the fieldwork setting. This style of learning increases and facilitates problem solving, self-initiation, and clinical reasoning skills which are central to the occupational therapy process. Not only are these skills essential to the student in the classroom, they are also essential toward professional development in the context of lifelong learning.

Lifelong Learning

It is the goal of our program to develop future OT practitioners that are lifelong learners in order to provide optimal client care and have optimal employment opportunities in the future. For these reasons, we foster the value of lifelong learning through the ongoing pursuit of knowledge for personal and professional development. Occupational therapy is not a static profession but one that is dynamic and led by research influencing evidence-based practice. Occupational therapy practitioners must keep current with this dynamic nature by being in tune with current research and adapting to the changing healthcare environment. This is accomplished by developing new skills and obtaining new knowledge through utilization of available educational resources.


In the Green River OTA Program, we emphasize the need for skillful communication, which is essential for optimal clinical care. The ability to effectively exchange information is one of the most important elements of a healthcare team, as well as one of the most difficult to teach. By incorporating a strong emphasis on producing skillful communicators, our program aims to develop a more efficient, cost effective, and patient-centered practitioner.

Professional Behavior

The concept of professionalism and its' encompassed behaviors is highly contextual. Adherence to guiding codes of behavior in the clinical setting is essential to creating an environment of trust between employers, employees, clients, and caregivers. Professional behaviors can include a wide array of attitudes and conduct such as professional presentation, punctuality, dependability, empathy, and professional reasoning. Taking context into consideration, the Green River OTA Program seeks to foster the ability to define and implement these behaviors.

Occupational Performance

Occupations are any of the things that we do in everyday life that we consider to be meaningful and necessary. In occupational therapy, the activities are broken down into subcategories including; activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to not only assess client's ability to perform successfully in these areas, but also their own occupational performance. By examining the balance between all areas of occupation students gain an understanding of how an upset in the balance can affect an individual physically, mentally, and emotionally. This understanding assists students in recognizing the need for a holistic, client centered approach to therapy and identify intervention consistent with models of occupational performance.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (2010) ("Code and Ethics Standards") is a public statement of principles used to promote and maintain high standards of conduct within the profession. Members of AOTA are committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, independence, and safety for all recipients in various stages of life, health, and illness and to empower all beneficiaries of occupational therapy. This commitment extends beyond service recipients to include professional colleagues, students, educators, businesses, and the community. Download PDF

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