Recent census data from the BLS shows 7,650 licensed OTs and OTAs in New York. Also this field is projected to grow 33% by 2020. Using the title “Occupational Therapist Assistant” in New York requires a state licensure which is regulated by the New York State Office of the Professions.
More OTA Info for New York:
OTA License Requirement
Required in New York?
|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|
|Provide statement of citizenship and alien status||No|
|Submit fingerprint card||No|
|Complete New York OTA License Application & Pay Fee||Yes, $170|
|Complete continuing education credits every two years||Yes, 36 CPE credit hours|
New York OTA License Application
For detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in New York, 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.
New York OTA Board Contact Info
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Occupational Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
p: (518) 474-3817
f: (518) 474-3398
Why Be an OTA in New York?
- The average OTA salary in New York is slightly above theaverage OTA salary in the U.S.
- There are plenty of great OTA schools in New York if you still need to finish your degree
- Along with high salaries come plenty of OTA jobs in New York