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 Pennsylvania

OTA Licensing in PennsylvaniaRecent census data from the BLS shows 5,580 licensed OTs and OTAs in Pennsylvania. All OTA licensing in Pennsylvania is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education & License. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Pennsylvania.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Pennsylvania?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit official transcriptsYes
Submit proof of at least 2 months of supervised field experience & name of supervisorYes
Provide 2 signed letters of reference from supervisor or professorNo
Pass the National Board of Occupational Therapist (NBCOT) COTA ExamYes, $555 in person/$515 online
Provide letter of verification from NBCOTYes
Pass criminal background checkYes
Provide statement of citizenship and alien statusNo
Submit fingerprint cardNo
Complete Pennsylvania OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, $30
Complete continuing education credits every two yearsNo

Pennsylvania OTA License Application Online

For detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in Pennsylvania, you must register a free account and apply online.

Pennsylvania OTA Board Contact Info

State Board of Occupational Therapy
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone Numbers and Email
(717) 783-1389
ST-Occupational@pa.gov

Why Be a OTA in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is a great state for OTA students offering more accredited programs than most other states, with 10 available schools. Jobs are in demand and salaries are just above average here for OTAs. Learn more about being an OTA in Pennsylvania on these pages:

More OTA Info for Pennsylvania:

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