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Occupational Therapists Licensing Requirements By State
by Gregory Siskind and Karen Weinstock

State

By Endorsement/ reciprocity?

NBCOT exam required?

Temporary or limited license

Other exam?

Other                          

Alabama

 

Ann Cosby, Executive Director
AL State Board of OT
64 N. Union Street, Suite 734
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 353-4466
(334) 353-4465 (fax)
email: acosby@asbot.state.al.us

Website: www.sos.state.al.us/

 

No

Yes

No

No

Must have completed an educational program in OT from an accredited program and have passed NBCOT exam.

 

Do not accept exams from any other source.

 

No provision for anyone to practice with a temporary license while pending a license application – anyone practicing must have a license issued prior to practicing.

Alaska

 

Steve Snyder, Licensing Examiner
State of Alaska
Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development
Division of Occupational Licensing
State OT & PT Board
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-2580
(907) 465-2974 (fax)

Email: steve_snyder@dced.state.ak.us

Website:

http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pphy.htm

 

Licensure by acceptance of Credentials

 

Standards must be equal to Alaska’s standards

Yes

Temporary Permit issued to those waiting for a permanent license.

 

Limited permit is issued to a visiting, nonresident OT, valid up to 120 days, limited to 3 permits.

No

Must complete jurisprudence questionaire regarding Alaska’s statutes and regulations for OT’s.

 

Foreign trained applicants must have completed a course of study equal to that in Alaska and must sit for NBCOT exam.

Arizona

 

Cedes Bruno, Executive Director
AZ Board of OT Examiners
5060 North 19th Ave. Suite #209
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 589-8352
(602) 589-8354 (fax)
email: General Public: azot@mindspring.com
email: Executive Director: abote@mindspring.com

Website: www.mindspring.com/~abote

 

Endorsement

 

Must have been certified before July 1,1990

Yes

Limited Permit

 

Issued to applicant who has not yet taken exam

 

Issued to foreign-trained applicant if he has proof of acceptance to take the exam

 

Valid for 4 months, becomes void if applicant fails exam

 

Limited permit may be reissued once

 

Foreign-trained applicants must submit proof of having completed a program similar to that in Arizona before they take the examination

Arkansas

 

Mikki Hughes
OT&RT Credentialing Coordinator
AR State Medical Board
2100 Riverfront Drive, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72202-1793
(501) 296-1978
(501) 603-3555 (fax)
email: licensing@armedicalboard.org

Website: www.state.ar.us/directory/detail2.cgi?ID=1008

 

No reciprocity

Yes

Temporary permits allowed only for students who have not yet taken or passed the NBCOT.

 

 

Applicants with a temporary permit who fail the NBCOT the first time are eligible to receive one more temporary permit to give them the opportunity to take the exam a second time.

California

Gretchen Kjose
Executive Officer
California Board of Occupational Therapy
444 North Third Street
Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-3394
(916) 445-6167 (fax)
email: cbot@dca.ca.gov

Website: www.bot.ca.gov

 

Reciprocity

 

Education and examination requirements must be met

Yes

Limited Permit is issued to applicants who meet education and experience requirement

 

Exam conducted by nationally accredited body if not NBCOT

 

Colorado

 

OT Association of Colorado
4643 S. Ulster Street, Ste. 800
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 546-6822
(303) 226-4466 (fax)
email: otacinfo@otacco.org

Website: http://www.otacco.org/

 

 

Yes

 

No

*Colorado does not have licensure. As long as an OT has graduated from an accredited school and has passed the NBCOT exam they are eligible to work in Colorado.

Colorado requires:

1) graduation from an

accredited school 2) successful completion of the certification exam and

3) successful completion of an internship under the supervision of an

occupational therapist

This law applies for the individual to be able to call themselves and occupational therapist use initials of OT OTR/L and OTR

Connecticut

 

Norma Shea
Department of Public Health, OT Licensure, 410 Capitol Avenue, Mail Stop #12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(860) 509-7561
(860) 509-8457 (fax)

Website: www.ct-clic.com/detail.asp?code=1742

 

Must provide proof of licensure in another state

Yes

Temporary Permit

 

Expires after 4 months

 

Cannot be renewed

 

Cannot be issued to an applicant who has failed exam

 

Education credentials earned in another country must be reviewed by the Department of Public Health.

Delaware

 

Victoria Gingrich, Administrative Assistant
DE State Board of OT
Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Bldg., Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 744-4507
(302) 739-2711 (fax)

Website: http://www.professionallicensing.state.de.us/
boards/occupationaltherapy/licensure.shtml

(hit refresh button to ensure that all information is current)

 

Reciprocity

 

Send letter of verification from the state or states in where applicant has been licensed or is currently licensed and verification of a passing score on NBCOT

Yes

Temporary Licensure

 

Temporary licenses are good for 3 months.  An applicant may request ONE 3 month extension

 

Must have supervision while practicing under temporary license

 

 

Send official college transcript and proof of successful completion of field work submitted by the school as well as verification of a passing score on the NBCOT

District of Columbia

 

Shirley Williams, Health License Specialist
DC Department of Health
Office of Professional Licensing
825 North Capitol Street, N.E.
Suite 2224
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 442-4760 (from 8:30am-4:00pm)
(202) 442-9431 (fax)

 

Endorsement

Yes

Limited License

 

Must have supervision of licensed OT.

No

 

Florida

 

Deborah Boutwell, PRS-II
Florida Department of Health
Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
4052 Bald Cypress Way
BIN #C05
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255
(850) 245-4373
(850) 414-6860 (fax)
email: Deb_Boutwell@doh.state.fl.us

Website:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/
mqa/occupational/ot_lic_req.html

 

www.myflorida.com/
mqa/occupational/2001ot%5Fhome.html

 

http://www9.myflorida.com/
mqa/occupational/ot_home.html

 

Yes

 

With NBCOT certification sent directly to board (based on NBCOT exam or AOTCB exam)

 

Yes

 

Foreign graduates must have NBCOT submit a letter to the OT Board office stating that applicant is eligible to sit for the exam.

Yes

 

Temporary permits are issued until next OT board meeting or until the results of the NBCOT are received -

must submit scheduled date of NBCOT exam with application.

 

Temporary licenses are revoked if applicant failed the NBCOT exam.

 

Must submit verifications of medically related paid employment in Florida within the last five years. This must include job description and a letter verifying dates of employment. Please note: Do not verify fieldwork experience.

 

Graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program (accreditation by the American Occupational Therapy Association).

 

Must receive official school transcripts sent directly to the board office. All documents must be translated to English.

 

 

Georgia

 

Sandra Marshall
GA Board of OT, Examining Board Division
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
(478) 207-1300
(478) 207-1633 Fax

Website: www.sos.state.ga.us/ebd-ot/

 

Require verification of licensure in another state.

Yes

Yes

 

Limited permit allowed fro examination applicants

No

 

Hawaii

 

Christine Rutkowski, Executive Officer
Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-3000
(808) 586-2689 (fax)
email: occ_therapist@dcca.state.hi.us

Website: http://access.adobe.com/perl/convertPDF.pl?url=http://www.state.hi.us
/dcca/pdf/hrs_pvl_457G.pdf

 

No

Yes

Temporary License

 

Issued to applicants who have not yet taken NBCOT

 

Under supervision of licensed OT

No

 

Idaho

 

Jodi Adcock, Office Specialist
ID State Board of Medicine
1755 Westgate Dr., Suite 140
Boise, ID 83704
(208) 327-7000

(208) 327-7005 (fax)

Website: www2.state.id.us/adm
/adminrules/rules/idapa22/0109.pdf

 

Yes

 

Must provide verification of licensure in another state for endorsement.

Yes

Limited permits available for new graduates who have not yet passed NBCOT.

 

Limited permit fee is $25.

 

Must have received education at an accredited program.

 

Permanent license fee for OT is $110 and $80 for an OTA.

Illinois

 

Kim Scott, Board Liaison
Department of Professional Regulation
Licensure Maintenance Unit (LMU)
320 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 782-0458
(217) 782-7645 (fax)

Website: www.dpr.state.il.us/who/ot.asp

 

Endorsement

 

 

Verification of Certification Exam for Occupation-al Therapist, Registered or Certification Exam for Occupation-al Therapist, Assistant

 

Indiana

 


Amy Phillips, Assistant Director of OT Committee
Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington Street, Room 041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2960
(317) 233-4236 (fax)

Email: aphillips@hpb.state.in.us

Website: http://www.in.gov/hpb/boards/otc/

 

Endorsement

 

Must meet Indiana’s qualifications.

Yes

Temporary License

No

 

Iowa

 

Judy Manning, Board Administrator
Professional Licensure Office
PT and OT Board of Examiners
Lucas State Office Bldg., 4th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
(515) 281-4413
(515) 281-3121 (fax)
email: jmanning@idph.state.ia.us

Website: www.idph.state.ia.us/idph_pl/
phys_occ_therapy_index.html

 

No

 

Board has authority to allow reciprocity with states that have equal licensing requirements but not such states identified yet

Yes

Limited Permit given to applicants waiting to take exam (and have never taken the exam before)

 

Can be renewed, even if applicant fails exam

 

Maximum 6 months

No

If licensed in another state, the applicant shall provide an official statement from the state licensing board of each state in which the applicant has been licensed regarding the status of the applicant's license, including issue date, expiration date, and information regarding any pending or prior disciplinary action.

Kansas

 

Charlene Abbott, Licensing Administrator
KS State Board of Healing Arts
235 South Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603-3068
(785) 296-7413
(785) 296-0852 (fax)

Website: www.ksbha.org

 

No

Yes

Yes

 

Must provide copy of diploma (or letter from the school if a diploma has not yet been issued) and a copy of the student’s transcripts

No

Must attend/ have attended an accredited institution

Kentucky

 

Karen Robinson, Board Administrator
KY OT Board
P.O. Box 1360
911 Leanwood Drive
Frankfort, KY 40602-1360
(502) 564-3296
(502) 564-4818 (fax)
KarenM.Robinson@mail.state.ky.us

Website: http://www.state.ky.us/agencies/finance/
occupations/occupationaltherapy/index.htm

 

 

 

Only one temporary permit may be issued to an applicant for no more than 60 days, and the applicant must be under the supervision of a licensed therapist.

Must pass a written examination approved by the board

Must complete supervised fieldwork experience arranged by a recognized educational institution where the applicant met the academic requirements or by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  A minimum of 6 months of fieldwork is required for an OT and 2 months is required for an OT assistant.

 

Foreign-trained occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants must furnish proof of good moral character and shall present proof indicating completion of the educational requirements, which must be substantially equal to those of Kentucky before the exam is administered.

Louisiana

 

Jenine Young
LA State Board of Medical Examiners
630 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-0250
P.O. Box 30250, New Orleans, LA 70190-0250
(504) 524-6763 (between 8:30am and 3pm CST)

(504) 599-0503 (fax)

Website: www.lsbme.org

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

Maine

 

Diane Staples, Board Clerk
Dept. of Professional & Financial Regulation
Board of OT Practice, State House Station #35
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-8603
(207) 624-8637 (fax)

Email: diane.l.staples@state.me.us

Website: www.state.me.us/pfr/led/occtherapy/index.htm

 

Maine does not allow endorsement or reciprocity

 

Yes

Temporary license is valid until the results of the next scheduled national examination taken by applicant are sent to the Board

No

Temporary licenses are allowed for graduates who have not taken the exam. It can be renewed only once if the applicant fails the exam

Maryland

 

Marilyn Pinkney, Licensing Coordinator
MD Board of OT
Spring Grove Hospital Center
Benjamin Rush Bldg., 55 Wade Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21228
(410) 402-8560
(410) 402-8561 (fax)

Email: pinkneym@dhmh.state.md.us

Website: www.mdotboard.org

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

Must have supervision at all times.

 

Applications must be complete by the 3rd Wednesday of the month in time for Board Review on the 3rd Friday.

Massachusetts

 

Jill Keirstead, Administrative Assistant
Board of Allied Health Professions, Division of Registration, 239 Causeway Street, Suite #500 Boston, MA 02114
(617) 727-3071
(617) 727-2669 (fax)
email: Jill.A.Keirstead@state.ma.us

Website: www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/ah

 

Do not reciprocate

 

Do use endorsement

 

 

Yes

Temporary licenses are offered ONLY to individuals who are registered to sit for the next NBCOT exam.

 

 

To apply for a license via edorsement, send an application, transcripts from the OT program, letters of verification from each state where a license is currently held or has been held in the past, and scores from NBCOT exam or Verification of Certification from NBCOT.

 

Up to 3 temporary licenses are allowed, but if an applicant has sat for the exam prior to applying for the temporary license, the applicant is allowed only 2 temporary licenses.

Michigan

 

Doris Foley, Licensing Administrator
State of Michigan
Dept. of Consumer Industry Services
Bureau of Health Services
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-7518
(517) 335-0918
(517) 373-2179 (Fax)

Website: http://www.cis.state.mi.us/bhser/lic/home.htm

 

Yes

 

 

No

No

 

Stopped allowing Temporary/ Limited License in 1999

NPTE

 

Minnesota

 

Mark Meath, Regulation Systems Specialist
Minnesota Department of Health
121 East Seventh Place
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 282-562

Email: Mark.Meath@health.state.mn.us

Website:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/
divs/hpsc/hop/otp/otphome.html

 

Reciprocity

 

 

Yes

Yes

No

For licensure by reciprocity, applicant must send description of credentials, letter from the jurisdiction that issued the credential describing the applicant's qualifications that entitled the applicant to receive the credential, and proof that the credentialing standards of the jurisdiction that issued the credential are equivalent to or exceed Minnesota requirements

Mississippi

 

Stephanie Boyette
Professional Licensure
MS State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Blvd.
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 576-7260

(601) 576-7267 (fax)
stephanie.boyette@ohr.doh.ms.gov

Website: www.msdh.state.ms.us/

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Transcripts must be sent, must have taken exam or waiting to take next available exam

No

 

Missouri

 

Vanessa Beauchamp, Executive Director
Missouri Board of OT
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
(573) 751-0877
(573) 526-3489 (fax)

Website: www.ecodev.state.mo.us/pr/octherap

 

Yes

 

Must meet requirements of Missouri

Yes

Limited Permit

 

Submit letter from academic institution or NBCOT stating applicant is eligible to sit for exam

No

Foreign-trained applicants must have social security number, must be accepted by NBCOT to sit for the exam

Montana

 

Helena Lee, Program Manager
Board of OT Practice
PO Box 200513
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2300

(406) 841-2305 (fax)
email: hlee@state.mt.us

Website:

http://www.discoveringmontana.com/
dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/otp_board
/licenses/otp/ot_license.htm

 

 

Yes

 

Attach current NBCOT card to application

Yes

 

Available to graduates waiting to take the NBCOT examination

 

Must complete a minimum of twenty-four weeks of supervised fieldwork experience.

 

All licenses expire on 6/15 of each year

 

 

Nebraska

 

Delores James,

Credentialing Coordinator,

Division of Professional Licensing Rahabilitation & Community Services Section Health & Human Services

P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986 

 

Yes

 

Requirements must be equivalent to those in Nebraska

Yes

Temporary License

 

 

Any valid exam, approved by the Board, AOTC exam

To be eligible for a limited license, applicant must be registered to take next exam

 

License invalid when results received

 

If fail exam, license revoked

Nevada

 

Lorraine Pokorski, Executive Director
State of Nevada, Board of OT
P.O. Box 70220
Reno, NV 89570-0220
(775) 857-1700
(775) 857-2121 (fax)
800-431-2659 (Toll Free)
email: Lorraine_Pokorski@washoehealth.com

Website: www.nvot.org

 

No

Yes

Temporary License/ Temporary Provisional License

 

 

No

Temporary License granted to traveling therapist who will be in Nevada for only a short time.

 

Temporary Provisional License is for recent graduates who have not yet taken NBCOT, but are scheduled to take the first available exam.

New Hampshire

 

Veronique Soucy, Administrative Assistant
Office of Allied Health Professionals, OT Licensure
2 Industrial Park Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-8389
(603) 271-6702 (fax)

 

No

 

Do not have to take exam again, but do have to meet all of New Hampshire’s requirements

Yes

Temporary License

 

Temporary Licenses issued to new graduates waiting to sit for next exam, or out of state therapists waiting for the next meeting of the Board

New Jersey

 

Laura Anderson, Executive Director
Advisory Council of OT
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6570
(973) 648-3536 (fax)

Website: www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/occup/otdir.htm

 

No

Yes

Temporary license issued to new graduates waiting to sit for next exam

No

Must request application by mail.

New Mexico

 

J.J. Walker
NM Board of OT Practice
2055 South Pacheco, Suite #400
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-7117
(505) 476-7095 (fax)
email: occupationaltherapy@state.nm.us

Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/b&c/otb/index.htm

 

Yes

Yes

Provisional Permit issued for applicants who have not taken NBCOT.

 

Becomes void if applicant fails exam.

 

Applicant cannot qualify if he previously failed the NBCOT.

 

No

All licenses expire on September 30th of each year and must be renewed by October 1st of each year.

New York

 

Ronnie Hausheer, Executive Secretary
Division of Professional Licensing Services
NY State Education Department
89 Washington Ave.
2W EB
Albany, NY 12234-1000
(518) 474-3817 (call for application)

Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/ot.htm

 

 

Yes

 

Passing score is 450.

Limited Permit – void if applicant fails exam

No

Foreign trained applicants must have completed a course of study totaling no less than four years

North Carolina

 

Twanna Singleton, Administrator
NC Board of OT
P.O. Box 2280
Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 832-1380
(919) 833-1059 (fax)

Email: Administrator@NCBOT.org

Website: www.ncbot.org

 

No

Yes

Issue Provisional License to graduates waiting to take NBCOT.

 

 

North Dakota

 

Nikki Owings, Administrative Assistant
ND State Board of OT Practice
P.O. Box 4005
Bismarck, ND 58502-4005
(701) 250-0847

Website: www.ndotboard.com

 

Yes

Yes

Limited Permit

No

Graduates waiting to take NBCOT may apply for a limited license that is valid for 1 year

Ohio

 

Carl G. Williams, Executive Director
Ohio OT, PT & AT Board
77 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0317
(614) 466-3774
(614) 995-0816 (fax)

Email:
carl.williams@otptat.state.oh.us

Website: www.state.oh.us/pyt/

 

Yes, provided that the requirements of that state are similar to those in Ohio.

 

Yes

 

Permit cannot be renewed if applicant has failed the exam.

 

Applicant must have 6 months of supervised experience fieldwork for occupational therapist and 2 months for an assistant.

 

Can waive examination requirement if applicant has met educational training and experience requirements, or can present proof of licensure in another state with regulations similar to those of Ohio.

 

May waive educational requirements if applicant has met certain experience requirements.

 

Oklahoma

 

Robyn Hall, Director of Licensing

Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision
P.O. Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154
(405) 848-6841 (ext. 113)

(405) 848-8240 (fax)
email: rhall@osbmls.state.ok.us

Website: www.osbmls.state.ok.us

 

Yes

 

Standards for licensure must be equivalent to Oklahoma’s requirements for licensure

Verification of having passed NBCOT is sufficient verification of education and training.

Yes

 

Practice under a temporary letter must be under supervision of an OT licensed in Oklahoma

 

Three recommendations are required, two must be from licensed Occupational Therapists who can attest to the applicant’s practice competence; the third must be from an associate who can affirm the applicant’s moral and ethical attributes.

 

Any person licensed in another state which has requirements equal to or surpassing licensure requirements in Oklahoma, or who is certified by the NBCOT may practice without a license, in association with an Oklahoma licensed OT for a period NOT TO EXCEED 90 days.

Oregon

 

Peggy Smith
OR OT Licensing Board
800 NE Oregon #21, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 731-4048
(503) 731-4207 (fax)

Email:
peggy.g.smith@state.or.us

Website: www.otlb.state.or.us

 

No, use Licensure Verification

 

Must have letter of verification sent from any state applicant is licensed or was licensed for the past 5 years

Yes

Limited Permit

 

 

 

Students who have successfully completed the educational and field work requirements and students who have taken the certification examination, but do not yet have their test results, may apply for a limited permit to practice occupational therapy under routine supervision of an Oregon licensed occupational therapist.

Pennsylvania

 

Lisa Burns, Board Administrator
State Board of OT, Education and Licensure
Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
(717) 783-1389

Website: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data
/049/chapter42/chap42toc.html

 

 

Yes

Temporary License

No

For a temporary license to be issued, the applicant must be eligible/ has applied to take the licensure examination or has failed the licensure examination but applied to retake the examination on the next scheduled date

Rhode Island

 

Donna Dickerman
Division of Professional Regulation
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908-5097
(401) 222-2827, ext. 106

Email: DonnaD@doh.state.ri.us

Website: www.healthri.org/hsr/professions/occ_therap.htm

 

Endorsement

Yes

Temporary Application

 

 

South Carolina

 

Kate Cox, Administrator
SC Board of OT
PO Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329 (mailing address only)

(803) 896-4683
(803) 896-4719 (fax)
email: coxk@mail.llr.state.sc.us

Website: www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/OccupationalTherapy

 

Endorsement

 

Must receive SC permanent license before practicing

 

 

Yes

 

Board approved exam

 

South Dakota

 

Jane Phalen, Administrative Assistant to the Board
SD Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners
1323 S. Minnesota Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 336-1965

Email: jphalen@sdsma.org

Website: www.state.sd.us/dcr/medical/OT.htm

 

 

Yes

Limited Permit for graduates waiting to take NBCOT.

 

Must be supervised by licensed OT.

 

 

Limited Permit void if graduate fails NBCOT.  Must reapply for Limited Permit. 

 

Permit can be renewed once.

Tennessee

 

Sandra Atchley
Lee Phelps
TN Board of OT & PT Examiners
425 5th Avenue North, Cordell Building, 1st Floor
Nashville, TN 37247-1010
(615) 532-5135
(615) 532-5164 (fax)

Website: http://www2.state.tn.us/
health/Boards/OPT/index.htm

 

http://www.tnota.org/tn_lic.html

No

 

 

Yes

Temporary License

No

For a limited permit, must provide proof that applicant will take next available exam

 

Have 4-6 weeks to take exam, license expires after 6 weeks

 

Do not offer reciprocity, but if applicant is licensed in another state, must show license verification

Texas

 

Augusta Gelfand, Coordinator of OT Licensing Programs
Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Suite #2-510
Austin, TX 78701-3942
(512) 305-6900
(512) 305-6951 (fax)
email: ECPTOTE@mail.capnet.state.tx.us

Website: www.ecptote.state.tx.us/

 

Endorsement

 

Standards must be similar to those of Texas

 

Must be first time applying for Texas license

Yes

Temporary license issued to applicant waiting to take the first possible NBCOT examination

 

 

Utah

 

Karen McCall, Board Secretary
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
(801) 530-6632
(801) 530-6511 (fax)

Website: www.commerce.state.ut.us

 

No

Yes

Temporary licenses are permitted, but only for a ten month period.  There are no extensions or renewals of temporary licenses.  Anyone practicing with a temporary license must have supervision.

 

Must pass the Utah Occupational Therapy Law and Rule Exam.

Vermont

 

Diane Lafaille, Staff Secretary
Secretary of State’s Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
(802) 828-2390
(802) 828-0465 (fax)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

 

Nicole Gordan, Licensing Specialist
VA Board of Medicine
6606 W. Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
(804) 662-7664

Website: www.dhp.state.va.us

 

No

Yes

No

No

New graduate can practice as an OT Licensed Applicant for up to 1 year or until Board receives results of NBCOT exam

Washington

 

Kris Waidely

Dept. of Health, OT Board
P.O. Box 47868
Olympia, WA 98504-7868
(360) 236-4872
(360) 753-0657 (fax)

Email: Kris.Waidely@DOH.WA.GOV

Website: https://wws2.wa.gov/doh/hpqa-licensing/HPS3/
Occupational_Therapy/default.htm

 

No

 

Apply for temporary license

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Limited Permit issued to applicant waiting to take next available exam

 

Temporary License issued to applicant who is currently licensed in a jurisdiction that is considered by the board to have licensing standards equivalent to those in Washington

West Virginia

 

Cathy Whalen, Executive Secretary
WV Board of OT
119 South Price Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
(304) 329-0480
Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm/Calls answered 9am-12noon

Email: cathywhalen@wvbot.org

Website: www.wvbot.org

 

 

Yes

Limited Permit

No

 

Wisconsin

 

Deanna Zychowski, Acting Director
Tammy Buckingham, Assistant
State of WI Dept. of Reg. & Licensing
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608) 266-2811
(608) 261-7083 (fax)
deanna.zychowski@drl.state.wi.us

Website: http://badger.state.wi.us/agencies/drl/
Regulation/html/dod904.html

 

 

Yes

No provision for temporary licensure for those who have already passed the exam.

 

All applicants must pass NBCOT and apply for licensure based on that.

 

 

Wyoming

 

Vickie L. Spires
Occupational Licensing Officer
Wyoming Board of OT
1116 Logan Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 432-0488; (307) 432-0492(fax)
email: vspire@missc.state.wy.us

Website: www.state.wy.us/governor/boards/bdlist.html

 

No endorsement but they do have a temporary license based on a current license in another state

Yes

Yes

 

Based on a current license in another state

No

Must pass the NBCOT exam


About The Author

Gregory Siskind is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.

Karen Weinstock is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's new office in Atlanta, Georgia. Karen graduated law school from Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem, Israel and has a license to practice law both in Israel and in New York State. Karen is fluent in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Karen Weinstock worked at the Intellectual Property firm Calderon in Tel Aviv and later at Kramer-Shapira-Schneider in Jerusalem. Immediately prior to joining Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine, Karen had a solo law practice in New York City, focusing on serving Israeli and international clientele doing business or working in the U.S. Karen authors and is the editor of SSHD's Visalaw Health Care Immigration Newsletter. Karen authored a book on the H-1B visa that will be published later this year. She can be reached by e-mail at: kweinstock@visalaw.com.


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