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Certification and Licensure

Graduates of an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Once nationally certified, the graduate can obtain licensure to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New Jersey and many other states. 

The Occupational Therapy Advisory Council licenses and regulates Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in New Jersey

Information about the licensure requirements of a specific state may be obtained by consulting the occupational therapy licensure board in that state.

Please Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. An individual who is considering entering an OT educational program or who has already entered an OT educational program can have his or her background reviewed by requesting an Early Determination Review. The fee for this review is $100.00. 
For information on candidate code of conduct, character, and early review contact:
Credentialing Services at NBCOT
12 S. Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD  20877
(301) 990-7979








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