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Preparatory classes

Students interested in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program are advised to take preparatory courses in biological and behavioral sciences, such as anatomy, physiology and psychology. All applicants will be asked to take English and math placement tests, since good reading, writing and math skills are essential for success as an occupational therapy assistant.

Physical functions

Students will be required to perform certain physical functions in order to successfully complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. These functions will be performed throughout the course work and/or clinical experience. These functions are not conditions for admission to the program; they are to alert the prospective student to the physical and emotional functions required of an occupational therapy assistant. If a student requires accommodations, it is his/her responsibility to contact Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140.

Fieldwork sites

Fieldwork sites are assigned within a 70-mile radius of the GRCC main campus. Students may be placed at any fieldwork site outside this radius at their request if a placement is available but only within the state of Michigan. Regardless of distance, students are responsible for their own transportation and any cost associated with it. Level I fieldwork occurs 1-2 times per a week over the fall of year two. Level II fieldwork is completed in the winter semester of year two in the program and consists of 16 weeks of full time (40 hour a week) fieldwork experiences. While most rotations occur weekdays between 7am-7pm, weekend and night assignments are possible.


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program requires students to have up to date vaccinations once admitted into the program.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (ChickenPox)
  • Hepatitis B Series
  • Tdap
  • 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.

Graduation eligibility

To be eligible for graduation, an OTA student must earn a minimum of C (2.0) in each of the required OTA courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of C in the prescribed OTA curriculum. A grade of C or better in EN100/101, EN 102, GH 120, CD 118, and CD 120 is also required.

The OTA program prepares assistants for entry into the profession and meets the educational standards for program accreditation.

GRCC Curriculum

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.A.S.

OTA Curriculum