Students are admitted to the program once a year, in the Fall semester.
In order to be eligible for admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, a student must:
- Be a high school graduate or have passed the high school equivalency GED (General Educational Development) Test.
- Have a high school and college GPA of at least 2.5.
- Math competency must be demonstrated through any one of the following ways:
- SAT Math subsection score of 25 or higher within the last five years or
- ACT Math score of 18 or higher within the last five years or
- Math Placement Test (ALEKS) with a score of 30 or higher within the last five years or
- Completion of MA 098 or higher with a grade of C or higher within the last five years.
- Reading and writing requirement competency must be demonstrated through any one of the following ways:
- EN 101 with a grade of C or higher or
- Score of 18 on ACT or 25 on SAT higher within the last five years or
- Accuplacer placement test scores of 70 on the reading portion and 6 on the written portion within the last five years.
- Pass a preliminary criminal background check.
- Successful completion of BI 121 and BI 122 with a grade of C or better within two attempts. A withdrawal is counted as an attempt. If it has been more than 5 years since the most recent attempt, a third opportunity will be allowed.
- Successful completion of OT 102 with a grade of C or better within two attempts.
* A withdrawal is considered an attempt
Fieldwork Education Access Requirements
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program requires students to have the following vaccinations once admitted into the program.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (ChickenPox)
- Hepatitis B Series
- Flu vaccine*
- TB test results, or Chest X-ray date and report*
- Covid-19 Vaccine**
Be aware that fieldwork sites may have additional requirements for student placements.
*A flu immunization and TB test or screening must be completed yearly. The TB must not lapse, and the flu vaccine must be acquired no later than November 1.
**Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements
Students enrolled or intending to enroll in any of GRCC's Health Programs that include off campus clinical components (credit or non-credit) will require a COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine will be in addition to any other vaccination and program requirements dictated by accreditation standards and clinical placement requirements. This decision will best ensure the health and success of our students. Students currently in GRCC health programs will be required to complete their COVID-19 vaccination by Nov. 1, 2021. As a reminder, regardless of any exemption granted by GRCC, this does not guarantee an exemption from the vaccine requirement at individually assigned clinical sites, and thus may impact a student's ability to progress. While some facilities may allow a GRCC exemption to stand, other clinical partners will require students to follow their own process for seeking an exemption.