Recent census data taken by the BLS shows an expected 33% growth in the OTA field with 2,110 licensed OTs and OTAs in Washington. All OTA licensing in Washington is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health. Below are the requirements to become a licensed OTA in Washington.
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OTA License Requirement
Required in Washington?
|Complete Accredited OTA Program from AOTE certified school & submit official transcripts||Yes|
|Submit proof of at least 2 months 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|
|Pass the Washington jurisprudence exam||Yes|
|Take 7 hours of HIV/AIDS training||Yes|
|Complete Washington OTA License Application & Pay Fee||Yes, $170|
|Complete continuing education credits every two years||Yes, 30 CPE credit hours|
Washington OTA License Application
For detailed information and instructions to become a OTA in Washington, 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.
Washington OTA Board Contact Info
Department of Health
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099
Send other documents not sent with initial application to:
Occupational Therapy Credentialing
P.O. Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Why Be an OTA in Washington?
Washington offers 5 accredited OTA programs for students to choose from. Jobs are in solid demand and salaries are above the US average. Learn more about OTAs in Washington on these pages: