Recent 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 transcripts||Yes|
|Submit proof of at least 16 weeks 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 Virginia OTA License Application & Pay Fee||Yes, $70|
|Complete continuing education credits every two years||Yes, 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
Occupational Therapy Advisory Board
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
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.