Application Process

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(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 = 8/7
  • Bio 144/145 or Bio 140/141 must be taken at a regionally accredited college.  Applicants taking anatomy and physiology in a part 1 and part 2 format are recommended to take both parts at the same institution.
  • Bio 140 or Bio 145 must be completed no longer than 5 years from the date of application to the OTA Program. 


Admission to the Program

Admission to the Program



To apply for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, the following steps must be carefully 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 through Admissions and Records Office or through OpenCCC - you will need your student ID number on the OTA Application.
           **You will need to reapply at time of acceptance to reactivate
               your student ID number.

  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 official sealed transcripts Official sealed transcripts for prerequisites of anatomy and physiology must be sent to OTA Program directly from the institution 
    you attended either by postal mail, electronic submission through institution, or transcript service to   Your application will consist of the following:  Official sealed transcripts, completed OTA Program application, copy of high school diploma/ transcript or GED if you do not have proof of an associates degree or higher, immunizations outlined below. The OTA Program office will obtain transcripts of courses taken at Grossmont or Cuyamaca Colleges

  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 a Grossmont College accepted credential evaluation service, for review of transcripts for proof of high school and college/university coursework. Foreign transcripts:  Beginning July 2017, Grossmont College accepts the evaluations of foreign transcripts from only those agencies that are current members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluations Services). For a current list of agencies visit:  https://www.naces.orgThe OTA Program does not accept OT, OTA, PRE-OT or kinesiology course transfer of credits toward the core OTA curriculum.

  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 a Titer/test for immunity (if positive, MMR complete).  If negative titer, must provide 2 vaccinations of MMR, 2nd vaccine must be 1 month following 1st.  We will NOT accept MMR booster in place of 2 vaccinations.

    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.  We will accept both Quantitative and Qualitative and Hep B surface Antibody and Antigen testing for Hep B seropositivity.

    3. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) - 1 vaccination given 2005 or later and must have a follow up TD or Tdap if TD cannot be obtained 10 years following the initial vaccine and continue every 10 years.

    4. Varicella - 2 vaccinations or titer for seropositivity if known past history or unconfirmed documentation of the immunization. If titer is negative, must have a booster.


  8. The completed envelope can be submitted to the OTA Office by hand delivering or mailing using USPS or similar.

  9. Individuals considering entering or currently enrolled in the OTA Program at Grossmont College who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime are urged to contact NBCOT at (301) 990-7979 for advisement and planning prior to continuing in the program. Persons on probation are not eligible to apply or be accepted into the OTA Program.  Failure to pass either or both the background check or drug screening procedures will interfere with clinical placements and may influence eligibility for licensure and/or NBCOT testing and/or employment.  Applicants with any issues that may flag the background check and/or drug screening should contact the Dean of Allied Health and Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program. **Even if you have passed a prior background check, LiveScan often shows additional items from the past including expunged issues. Graduates are sometimes surprised that they are having difficulty obtaining employment due to not clearing a LiveScan for employment after clearing all the background requirements for the program clinicals, NBCOT testing, and CBOT licensing.**

Student selection will be on a first come, first serve basis upon verified completion of entire OTA application packet.  Incomplete application packets will be shred after one week of student being notified of missing information.


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.


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.



Effective January 01, 2012:
If you have accepted a seat into any other Grossmont College Health Professions Program, you will be ineligible to receive an invitation to the OTA Program. Students wishing to apply to the OTA Program must apply for an entry date which does not conflict with the completion of the Health Professions Program you are currently enrolled in.


Other requirements once accepted and attend orientation

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
  • Consent Form for Release of Medical Records
  • 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.

 Technology Requirements


In addition to the above e-mail requirements, students must have basic computer skills, access to internet service, access to a computer with camera/microphone, and a smartphone to be successful in the OTA Program.  The OTA Program utilizes Canvas 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,  Zoom, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, video creation apps, and Canvas.  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:  Step 4 of the tutorial covers Canvas basics.  Please click on the Online Resources/Professional Resources link to the left.


OTA Program - 619-644-7304