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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements

Two-Year Educational Program in Occupational Therapy

1 Examination

2 Months of Experience

24 Hours of Continued Competency

30.00 Initial Fee

45.00 Renewal Fee

A person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy, under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Degree Requirement: 

Two-Year Educational Program in Occupational Therapy
Applicant has met the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy approved by the Board.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination
An applicant must pass the Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistant prepared and administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


2 Months Experience
An applicant must successfully complete 2 months of supervised fieldwork experience at a recognized educational institute or a training program approved by the educational institution.

Continuing Education: 

24 Hours
24 hours of continued competency for licensure renewal.

Initial Licensing Fee: 


Licensure Renewal Fee: 

Biennial renewal of license.

Licensure by Act 41:

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.