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 Virginia

OTA Licensing in VirginiaRecent census data from the BLS shows 2,360 licensed OTs and OTAs in Virginia with an expected 33% growth between 2010 and 2020. All OTA licensing in Virginia is regulated by the Virginia Occupational Therapy Advisory Board. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Virginia.

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OTA License Requirement
Required in Virginia?
Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit official transcriptsYes
Submit proof of at least 16 weeks 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 Virginia OTA License Application & Pay FeeYes, $70
Complete continuing education credits every two yearsYes, 20 CPE credit hours

Virginia OTA License Application

For detailed information and instructions to become an OTA in Virginia, see the board’s OT FAQ. To get started with your application, see the OTA licensing forms and register an account to apply online.

Virginia OTA Board Contact Info

Virginia Board of Medicine
Occupational Therapy Advisory Board
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Phone Numbers and Email
(804) 367-4673

Why Be an OTA in Virginia?

Virginia has 4 accredited OTA programs for students. Jobs are in high demand and salaries are high in Virginia for OTAs compared to most other states.

More OTA Info for Virginia:

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