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 New York

OTA Licensing in New YorkRecent 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:

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OTA License Requirement
Required in New York?
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 New York OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, $170
Complete continuing education credits every two yearsYes, 36 CPE credit hours

New York OTA License Application

Download-OTA-Application-IconFor 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

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Occupational Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Phone Numbers & Fax
p: (518) 474-3817
f: (518) 474-3398

Why Be an OTA in New York?

More OTA Info for New York:

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