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OT Articles >> Occupational Therapy Requirements per State

Occupational Therapy Requirements per State

Regulations are used to protect consumers in a state or jurasdiction. These regulations protect from unqualified, unscrupulous, or unethical OT practitiores.

Regulations are developed by regulators, who are appointed public officials of various departments in state government.

In the USA, Occupational Therapy is regulated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Different states have various types of regulations. The strongest form of regulation is licensure.

Most states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico require occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to be licensed. A few states have certification or registration by a state agency.

States have similar, but not identical requirements and procedures for obtaining an OT license.

For an up to date, state specific, licensure requirement, consult the state occupational therapy regulatory agency at your state.


StateNBCOT Exam RequiredWebsite
AlabamaYeshttp://www.ot.alabama.gov
AlaskaYeshttp://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/PhysicalTherapyOccupationalTherapy.aspx
ArizonaYeshttps://ot.az.gov/
ArkansasYeshttp://www.armedicalboard.org/Professionals/pro.aspx?type=4
CaliforniaYeshttp://www.bot.ca.gov/
ColoradoYeshttp://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=DORA-Reg%2FDORALayout&cid=1251632299230&pagename=CBONWrapper
ConnecticutYeshttp://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389442
DelawareYeshttp://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/occupationaltherapy/index.shtml
District of ColumbiaYeshttp://doh.dc.gov/node/157592
FloridaYeshttp://floridasoccupationaltherapy.gov/
GeorgiaYeshttp://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36
HawaiiYeshttp://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/programs/occupational/
IdahoYeshttp://www.ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=OCT
IllinoisYeshttp://www.idfpr.com/profs/info/OccTherapy.asp
IndianaYeshttp://www.in.gov/pla/ot.htm
IowaYeshttp://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/PhysicalandOccupationalTherapy.aspx
KansasYeshttp://www.ksbha.org/main.html
KentuckyYeshttp://bot.ky.gov/
LouisianaYeshttp://www.lsbme.la.gov/licensure/occupational-therapistsassistants
MaineYeshttp://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/occupational/index.htm
MarylandYeshttp://dhmh.maryland.gov/botp/SitePages/Home_revision.aspx
MassachusettsYeshttp://www.mass.gov/ocabr/government/oca-agencies/dpl-lp/
MichiganYeshttp://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-27417_27529_27545---,00.html
MinnesotaYeshttp://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/hop/otp/index.html
MississippiYeshttp://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/30,0,82.html
MissouriYeshttp://pr.mo.gov/octherapy.asp
MontanaYeshttp://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/otp_board/board_page.asp
NebraskaYeshttp://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_rcs_ot_ot.aspx
NevadaYeshttp://www.nvot.org/
New HampshireYeshttp://www.nh.gov/alliedhealth/boards/occupationaltherapy/index.htm
New JerseyYeshttp://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/occup/
New MexicoYeshttp://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Occupational_Therapy.aspx
New YorkYeshttp://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/ot/
North CarolinaYeshttp://www.ncbot.org/
North DakotaYeshttp://www.ndotboard.com/
OhioYeshttp://www.otptat.ohio.gov/
OklahomaYeshttp://www.okmedicalboard.org/occupational_therapists
OregonYeshttp://www.oregon.gov/OTLB/pages/index.aspx
PennsylvaniaYeshttp://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_occupational_therapy/12518
Rhode IslandYeshttp://health.ri.gov/licensing/
South CarolinaYeshttp://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/OccupationalTherapy
South DakotaYeshttp://www.sdbmoe.gov/content/occupational-therapist-ot
TennesseeYeshttp://health.state.tn.us/Boards/OT/index.htm
TexasYeshttp://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/home
UtahYeshttp://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/occupational_therapy.html
VermontYeshttp://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/o_therapists/
VirginiaYeshttp://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/
WashingtonYeshttp://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/OccupationalTherapist.aspx
West VirginiaYeshttp://www.wvbot.org/
WisconsinYeshttp://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=f9cebe65-aead-44e8-a876-35ce5f920eb1
WyomingYeshttp://ot.state.wy.us/
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