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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.

PREREQUISITES

(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)
    OR
    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 at right: 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.

In addition to the above e-mail requirements, students must have basic computer skills to be successful in the OTA Program.  The OTA Program utilizes Blackboard for all courses. There are hybrid courses and online courses included in the OTA Program. Students in the OTA Program will need basic skills in and access to e-mail, the internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  The college does offer an open hours computer lab schedule in the Learning Resource Center and Health Professions Computer Lab.  To determine if you are ready for online learning, please click on the following link and go through the tutorials and questionnaire:http://www.gcccd.edu/online/student/default.html  Step 4 of the tutorial covers Blackboard basics.  Please click on the Online Resources/Professional Resourses tab to the left.


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 (or equivalent) 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. 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:

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

    2. Hepatitis B - 3 vaccinations and a titer test for seropositivity(Hep B surface Antibody).  The HepB series and test for immunity takes approximately 7-8 months to complete.  Please plan accordingly.  Three doses at 0, 1, 6 months, and titer test 30 days after 3rd immunization.  *If you do not have proof of 3 immunizations, but you have a positive HepB titer test then that is sufficient.  If you have a negative titer, you must include a booster or repeat of the series (if no proof of your 3 vaccinations exists) and repeat the titer test 30 days following the last HepB immunization or booster.  If you have 3 HepB immunizations and a negative titer you can still apply, but you will need to complete your booster and 2nd titer test in  order to receive an invitation into the program.
    3. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) - 1 vaccination within 10 years
    4. Varicella - 2 vaccinations or seropositivity or proof of chickenpox
  7. PLEASE MAKE ONLY ONE SIDED COPIES OF DOCUMENTATION. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT BACK TO BACK DUPLICATION.  PLEASE DO NOT USE STAPLES.
  8. 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.
  9. Any prior convictions of a misdemeanor or felony will affect your ability to be placed at a clinical site and you are advised to contact the Dean of Allied Heath and Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program. In addition, it 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. Students currently on probation are not eligible to attend Allied Health and Nursing Programs.
  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.


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Last Updated: 06/06/2017
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