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 California

OTA Licensing in CaliforniaThe most recent BLS data shows that California employs 9,250+ OTs and OTAs. Additionally this job sector is expected to grow 33% through 2020. The Board of Occupational Therapy regulates all OTA license applicants. Graduating from an accredited OTA program before applying for your OTA license is required in California. Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements in the table below before applying because fees are non-refundable.

More OTA Info for California:

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OTA License Requirement
Required in California?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from ACOTE certified schoolYes
Submit proof of at least 16 weeks of supervised field experience & name of supervisorYes
Provide transcripts qualifying educationYes
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 photograph for license (passport style)Yes
Submit fingerprint cardYes
Complete California OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, fees vary monthly
Complete professional development units every 12 monthsYes, 12 units

California OTA License Application

Download-OTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become an OTA in California, 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.

California Board of Occupational Therapy Contact Info

California Board of Occupational Therapy
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: (916) 263-2294
Fax: (916) 263-2701

Why Be an OTA in California?

In addition to California being one of the most gorgeous and sought after states in the U.S. there are a number of reasons you would want to consider an OTA career in CA.

More OTA Info for California:

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