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from the NYS Office of the Professions website.
License Requirements: Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant
Any use of the titles occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant within New York State requires licensure as an occupational therapist or authorization as an occupational therapy assistant.
To be licensed as an occupational therapist in New York State you must:
To be authorized as an occupational therapy assistant in New York State you must:
You must submit an Application for Licensure/Authorization (Form 1) and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.
The specific requirements for licensure/authorization are contained in Title 8, Article 156, Section 7904 and Section 7906 (c) of New York's Education Law and Part 76 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.
Fees are subject to change. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased.
NOTE: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency; payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned.
Individuals who withdraw their licensure application may be entitled to a partial refund.
If you withdraw your application, obtain a refund, and then decide to seek New York State licensure at a later date, you will be considered a new applicant, and you will be required to pay the licensure and registration fees and meet the licensure requirements in place at the time you reapply.
Approved and Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs
For a list of New York State approved programs for both occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant, see the New York State Education Department's Inventory of Registered Programs at www.nysed.gov/heds/irpsl1.html.
For a list of programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), visit AOTA's website at: www.aota.org or contact AOTA at:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
NOTE: If you seek to meet the education requirement through a program completed outside the United States that is not AOTA accredited, your educational credentials must be verified by an independent credentials verification organization. See below for further instructions.
Occupational Therapist applicants:
To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as an occupational therapist, if your education was from a:
Occupational Therapy Assistant applicants:
To meet the professional education requirement for authorization as an occupational therapy assistant, if your education was from a:
Proof of Education for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant:
Occupational therapists must pass the NBCOT OTR examination and occupational therapy assistants must pass the COTA examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).
To obtain a Candidate Handbook for the examination contact NBCOT at:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
If you have previously taken and passed the certification examination, ask NBCOT to provide written verification of your certification directly to the address listed above.
If your application is based on credit granted for the completion of courses of study in a country where English is not the principal language spoken, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by passing either an examination in English proficiency or a licensing examination given in English (for example, the NBCOT certification examination). Either exam must be acceptable to the Department. For further information, contact the New York State Education Department's Bureau for Comparative Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-474-3817, ext. 300.
A limited permit in occupational therapy allows an individual who has completed an occupational therapy educational program to work, under supervision, between the completion of the program and the time that the licensing examination results are received. You may apply for a limited permit to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant with or after you submit the Application for Licensure/Authorization (Form 1), the application fee, and evidence of completion of a satisfactory educational program.
A permittee is authorized to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant only under the supervision of a New York State licensed occupational therapist or a New York State licensed physician and may practice only in a public, voluntary, or proprietary hospital, or health care agency, or in a preschool or elementary school as a related service for a handicapped child. Permittees are not authorized to practice in the private office of a licensed occupational therapist or physician.
The limited permit is valid for one year and may be renewed once, at the discretion of the Department, for one additional year. To do so you must submit a new application, an explanation as to why you failed to become licensed within the year of the original permit and the appropriate fee.
NOTE: Both the employer and the employee may be prosecuted under Title VIII of the Education Law if an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant is employed without a license or limited permit.Last Updated: April 8, 2014