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 Illinois

OTA Licensing in IllinoisRecent BLS data shows that Illinois pays OTAs a higher average salary than the US average. Furthermore, there are 4,200+ OTs and OTAs licensed in Illinois and the field is expected to grow 33% by 2020. All OTA licensing in Illinois is regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Illinois.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Illinois?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit transcriptsYes
Submit proof of at least 3 months of supervised field experience & name of supervisorYes
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
Complete Illinois OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, $25
Complete continuing education credits every two yearsYes, 24 CPE credit hours

Illinois OTA License Application

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

Illinois IDFPR OTA Contact Info

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
ATTN: Division of Professional Regulation
P.O. Box 7007
Springfield, IL 62791
Phone Numbers and Email

Why Be a OTA in Illinois?

Illinois offers 7 OTA Programs for those considering an OTA education. Illinois also has many job opportunities for OTAs spanning a number of different industries and salaries are higher in Illinois than the US average. To learn more about being an OTA in Illinois, checkout these pages:

More OTA Info for Illinois:

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