Occupational Therapy Assistant Guide

Welcome to the OTA Guide, the complete occupational therapy assistant resource. Here you will find all the info you need to complete your occupational therapy education and get licensed as an OTA in your state. Get started with our free state by state OTA resources on: OTA Schools, OTA Licensing, OTA salary data.
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OTA in Iowa

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OTA Licensing in IowaThere are over 1,200 licensed OTAs in Iowa according to recent BLS data. Additionally the job sector is expected to grow 33% by 2020. In Iowa, the average salary for OTAs is above the US average. All OTA licensing in Iowa is regulated by the Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Iowa.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Iowa?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit official transcripts Yes
Submit proof of at least 3 months of supervised field experience & name of supervisor Yes
Provide 2 signed letters of reference from supervisor or professor No
Pass the National Board of Occupational Therapist (NBCOT) COTA Exam Yes, $555 in person/$515 online
Provide letter of verification & score reports from NBCOT Yes
Pass criminal background check Yes
Complete Iowa OTA License Application & Pay Fee Yes, $120
Complete continuing education credits every two years Yes, 15 CPE credit hours

Iowa OTA License Application

Download-OTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in Iowa, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Iowa OTA Board Contact Info

Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone Numbers and Email
(515) 281-4287
karla.hoover@idph.iowa.gov

Why Be a OTA in Iowa?

Iowa offers 4 accredited OTA programs to choose from. The job sector is growing and offers salaries above the national average. Learn more about an OTA career in Iowa:

More OTA Info for Iowa:

1) Click on any schools below to learn more about their programs
2) Under “Program of Interest” choose “Occupational Therapy Assistant” or another degree of interest