Click on a state to learn the state’s COTA license process and COTA certification requirements, download License Applications, find Occupational Therapy Board contact info, and more for your state.
State COTA License Requirements
In order to work as an OTA in a particular state, an individual must obtain a state OTA license. This process generally takes place after COTA certification is obtained through completing OTA school and passing the NBCOT Exam.
Therefore, each state offers its own rules and guidelines as well as an application process to receive your Occupational Therapy Assistant License a.k.a. OTA/COTA License.
In general, there is an Occupational Therapy Board that oversees all OTA licensing in each state. We have all of the requirements listed for each state as well as application forms and board contact info to make it easy for you to get started on and complete the OTA license application process wherever you are.
All states require that you graduate from an accredited occupational therapist assistant school, go here to find a database of OTA programs nearby. Some schools offer online courses, here is more information regarding online OTA programs.
If you are already a certified OTA, or COTA, in your state then you may want to consider attending an OTA to OT bridge program to become an OTR.