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Can an Occupational Therapy Assistant program graduate work as an OTA without a license?

The states where a student intends to practice or apply for employment may require licensure, certification, or other mandates. The student should contact the relevant agency to obtain the necessary information for application. Each state differs in procedure; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination (or pending results). 

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure. 

For more information about the Ohio OT licensure visit


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