OTA Certification and Licensure


After completion of your studies at the College you will need to take the certification examination for the certified occupational therapy assistant. Application-related activities are handled by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). You can request a paper application and hardcopy of the Candidate Handbook from NBCOT or apply online. Specific instructions are given on NBCOT's website.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


To practice as an occupational therapy assistant in Ohio, you must be endorsed by the state. Once you have met all requirements for graduation, and you pass the certification examination, you will then apply for licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. For further information and to obtain the forms to apply for your permanent state endorsement, contact the professional licensing agency below.

Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board
77 S. High St., 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

If a student has a felony charge or conviction, this may affect her or his ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to obtain a state license to practice. Any student with such a history is strongly encouraged to contact NBCOT and the licensing board for the state in which they plan to work as early as possible in the course of studies to determine if the felony charge or conviction will affect eligibility.​

*Lakeland Community College does not guarantee third-party certification and licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification and licensing exams, and are subject to change without notice to the college.

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