Occupational Therapy Assistant Guide

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OTA in Washington

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OTA Licensing in WashingtonRecent census data taken by the BLS shows an expected 33% growth in the OTA field with 2,110 licensed OTs and OTAs in Washington. All OTA licensing in Washington is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Washington.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Washington?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit official transcripts Yes
Submit proof of at least 2 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 from NBCOT Yes
Pass criminal background check Yes
Pass the Washington jurisprudence exam Yes
Take 7 hours of HIV/AIDS training Yes
Complete Washington OTA License Application & Pay Fee Yes, $170
Complete continuing education credits every two years Yes, 30 CPE credit hours

Washington OTA License Application

Download-OTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in Washington, 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.

Washington OTA Board Contact Info

Mail application and initial documentation with check to:
Department of Health
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099


Send other documents not sent with initial application to:
Occupational Therapy Credentialing
P.O. Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Phone Numbers and Email
360-236-4700
hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

Why Be an OTA in Washington?

Washington offers 5 accredited OTA programs for students to choose from. Jobs are in solid demand and salaries are above the US average. Learn more about OTAs in Washington on these pages:

More OTA Info for Washington:

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