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Occupational Therapy Assistant



Application Process

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont College do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), handicap (including physical and mental disability, medical condition, age, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, marital status, or economic status in any of their policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, as well as treatment and employment in, the College's programs and activities, including vocational education.


(Also degree requirements)

  •   High school diploma/ transcript, GED or proof of an associates degree or   higher
  •    Biology 144 and 145 - Anatomy & Physiology I and II (or equivalent)
       Biology 140 (Anatomy), 141 (Physiology) or equivalent
  •    Total (minimum) units = 8
  •    Bio 140 or Bio 145 must be completed no longer than 5 years from the date of application to the OTA Program.



PICTURE ABOVE:  Three OTA students posing behind occupational therapy program table at career fair. 

All communication between the program office and the student is by email. All emails sent to students on the waitlist and currently in the program are sent with a delivery and read receipt. If you choose not to check the read receipt, the program is not responsible if the student states that they did not receive the email.   

It is extremely important that you maintain a valid email account with the OTA Office.  If you have a Yahoo or Hotmail account, the OTA Program may not be able to successfully contact you with updated information or with an invitation to the program.  Please obtain an alternate email account when applying to the OTA Program; we cannot accept your application if you indicate a Yahoo or Hotmail account.


Admission to the Program

To apply for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, the following steps must be taken: 

  1. Application is open year round.

  2. Complete prerequisite courses Biology 140 and 141 or Biology 144 and 145 with a C grade or higher.

  3. Complete Grossmont College admissions application and return to Admissions and Records Office.

  4. Request two official college transcripts for all college credit earned. You will submit one to Grossmont College Admissions and Records.  The second set of transcripts you will need to have mailed to you in an official sealed envelope.  You will need to put in an envelope the following:  Official sealed transcripts, completed OTA Program application,  high school diploma/ transcript or GED if you do not have proof of an associates degree or higher.

  5. If you took the prerequisite courses outside of GCCCD, and the college is not listed on the Equivalency Chart,  you must submit official transcripts and course descriptions to the OTA office with your application. International applicants are required to submit to IERF (International Education Research Foundation, Inc.) or a Grossmont College accepted credential evaluation service, for review of transcripts for proof of high school and college/university coursework.

  6. This completed envelope must be hand delivered to the OTA Office.  If you live outside of San Diego County you may mail in your completed envelope. Application for OTA Program is available: download the OTA Application.

  7. Students wishing to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program must provide proof of completion for the following immunizations and /or tests to prove immunity at time of application:

    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)- 2 vaccinations or seropositivity

    • Hepatitis B- 3 vaccinations and a positive test for seropositivity(only quantitative Hep B surface Antibody accepted) (or the positive test for seropositivity if Hepatitis B is known)

    • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis)-1 vaccination as of 2005

    • Varicella- 2 vaccinations or seropositivity


  9. Any prior convictions of a misdemeanor or felony may influence eligibility for state license and eligibility to sit for National Boards as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Applicants with prior convictions are urged to call Occupational Therapy Board of California at 1-800-952-5210 and NBCOT at 1-301-990-7979.

  10. Upon acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program the student must submit the following:                    **Additional information will be  provided to the student by the OTA Program on the following requirements when the invitation has been accepted into the program.  DO NOT COMPLETE THESE ITEMS UNTIL GIVEN FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

          A satisfactory physical examination

          Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test

          Current American Heart Association CPR Card for health providers

          Evidence of malpractice insurance

          Background check and drug screen

          Proof of medical insurance

          Complete all Grossmont College Admissions requirements as noted in the catalog

  • Please do not start this paperwork until you receive additional information at the new class OTA Program Orientation.

Student selection will be on a first come, first serve basis upon verified completion of entire OTA application packet

 It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the OTA Application Packet have been received by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program office and that all information on the application packet is correct and kept up to date.

OTA Program  - 619-644-7304






Occupational Therapy Professional Links:






Occupational Therapy Association of California






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