Certification & Licensure Eligibility
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
As part of the certification process, every candidate must undergo a character review. There are eight character questions as part of the examination. Candidates who answer “Yes” to any of the eight questions must submit to a background check. Please refer to the Certification Exam Handbook for specific information about the character review process.
There is a fee to apply. For pricing information, follow this link.
Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Before applying for licensure, candidates may request a review of their criminal history to determine eligibility for licensure. For specific information, follow this link and select “Request a Criminal History Evaluation Letter.” A fee is required for the evaluation.
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Occupational Therapy Assistant Updates
2023-2024 PTA Application Dates
The PTACAS opening date has been delayed. The PTACAS will open on October 15, 2023 and will remain open until May 26, 2024.Read more
RN-to-BSN Application Deadline for Fall Extended to August 11
The RN-to-BSN Program is extending the Fall 2023 to August 11. For more information, please visit the RN-to-BSN Application Process page.Read more
OTA Program Application Period for Fall 2023
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program application period for Fall 2023 will open December 1, 2022. Please visit the Application Process page to see the latest admission requirements.Read more