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Steps To Become a Certified OTA

To become a certified occupational therapy assistant, a student must graduate from a program that has received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The OTA Program at QCC is fully accredited.

After graduation from the program, a student is eligible to sit for the national examination administered by the National Board for the Certification of Occupationally Therapy. Upon successful completion of this examination the student may apply for a state license to practice.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy may be contacted at:

12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979
Fax (301) 869-8492


A Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Records Information (SORI) check is required of all students enrolled in the program. Students with a felony conviction may not be able to attend community facilities for fieldwork assignments and so would be unable to complete the program. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification or attain state licensure.

OTA students must purchase membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association within the first 2 weeks of school. The cost is approximately $75.00 - $85.00.