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 Tennessee

OTA Licensing in TennesseeThere are 1,700 licensed OTAs in Tennessee according to recent census data from the BLS. All OTA licensing in Tennessee is regulated by the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Tennessee.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Tennessee?
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 1 signed letters of recommendation from someone outside of your familyYes
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 Tennessee OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, $85
Complete continuing competency credits every two yearsYes, 24 hours

Tennessee OTA License Application

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

Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy Contact Info

State of Tennessee
Department of Health
Health Related Boards
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Numbers and Email

Why Be a OTA in Tennessee?

There are 3 accredited OTA programs in Tennessee. Salaries in Tennessee are slightly above the US average OTA salary and there is a solid job market. Learn more about Tennessee OTAs on these pages:

More OTA Info for Tennessee:

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