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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Would you be excited to help a child with balance and coordination challenges be able to play with their peers on a playground? Or teach patients with physical or mental challenges the daily living skills needed to gain independence and supportive employment?

If this sounds like a rewarding career, you'd be a great candidate for an Occupational Therapy Assistant!

Why become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

  • You'll improve your others' quality of everyday life and increase their independence.
  • Rewarding, in-demand and diverse career opportunities in many fields, including pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health and more.
  • High-paying careers upon graduation.
  • You'll learn excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills that will follow you into any career opportunity.
  • You'll learn about medical ethics, safety regulations, and how to use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam you will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

The program has been meeting the health care needs of West Michigan since 1979 and it is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD  20814. Acote’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is

Area of study

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Future students - How to apply

An Occupational Therapy Assistant helps a child find balance on a yoga ball.

Apply to GRCC

Your first step to becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant is to apply to GRCC as a degree seeking student in the Health and Exercise Sciences Pathway.
OTA student

Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Step two, complete the Health Admissions Application selecting the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program. Contact Health Admissions with questions at


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OTA student serving food to the homeless
I went into OT because I have a passion for just helping people. I like to see people thriving in their lives and enjoying their lifestyle. I love working with all ages of the population, from kids to geriatrics.
Rachel Hill

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