Occupational Therapy Requirements per State

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

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/

PhysicalTherapy

OccupationalTherapy.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/

ProfessionsNewRenewor

Update/OccupationalTherapist.aspx

West VirginiaYeshttp://www.wvbot.org/
WisconsinYeshttp://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=f9cebe65-aead-44e8-a876-35ce5f920eb1
WyomingYeshttp://ot.state.wy.us/