Quick Facts

When embarking on a new program of study, questions will inevitably arise. That’s why we’ve created the Quick Facts. The Quick Facts is a reference tool that gives students information on being successful in the OTA program; the program’s pass rates, the number of students who apply and the graduation rate.

The OTA program is an academically rigorous program. An average quarter involves 15–20 hours in the classroom. Students will require significant study time beyond the classroom to succeed in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to limit outside obligations and plan to work no more than 20 hours per week.

OTAs are generally creative individuals who are interested in people. The minimum standards for students are detailed in the Essential Functions for the OTA Student (see application packet). Students must be able to meet these standards safely and efficiently (with reasonable accommodation if needed). The essential functions cover the areas of motor, sensory, behavioral, communication and critical thinking skills.

Students with disabilities are expected to perform all the essential functions of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. The OTA Program will work with the student and the campus disability office to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations. While every effort will be made to accommodate disability-related needs, it is important to note we are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the essential functions or technical standards of the program.

Courses in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program require a minimum grade average of 2.0 grade point average. Students must also receive a 2.0 grade or better in all required non-occupational therapy courses. Students who fail two occupational therapy courses will be terminated form the program. Under special circumstances a student may be placed on a probationary status prior to termination.

During advising each student’s academic and professional growth will be assessed using the Green River College OTA Program Student Assessment [PDF 245KB]. The form will be completed at mid-term by both the student and faculty advisor. Students submit their completed assessment at the time of advising. The purpose of the self assessment is to promote professional development and establish behavior objectives in areas targeted for improvement. The completed student assessments will be maintained in the students’ file.

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Green River’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program offers you the opportunity to do the following:

  • Receive hands-on clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • Students are required to complete two 10-week full-time clinical fieldwork experiences after the classroom portion of the curriculum
  • Develop an ongoing collaborative relationship with faculty and fellow students
  • Enhance your personal leadership and group interaction skills
  • Become skilled in an exciting and rewarding health care occupation
  • Receive an Associate in Applied Science degree for Occupational Therapy Assistant that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Qualify to sit for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy Exam upon successful graduation
  • In addition to paying the usual tuition and fees charged at Green River, the student is also required to purchase liability insurance and personal health insurance, as well as pay for a criminal background check on an annual basis. The student is expected to provide his or her own transportation to clinical off-site facilities
  • The Green River College OTA Program has been accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) since 1967
  • For current tuition costs excluding program fees, please see the student catalog
  • The class sizes are small; lectures 32 and labs 16
  • The instructors have diverse experience in several practice areas including physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, geriatrics, and mental health
  • Green River College has a wide array of support services including financial aid, TRIO Student Support Services, and Disability Support Services