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Occupational Therapist


Occupational therapists are licensed rehabilitation care professionals who work to restore or improve physical abilities, promote behavioral changes, adapt surroundings, and teach new skills; the goal is to have the individual achieve her or his best physical and/or mental functioning in daily life tasks. Occupational therapists provide these services on the referral or prescription of a physician, physician assistant, or other licensed health care professional, for treatment designed to restore function..

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as an occupational therapist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Applicant must be of good moral character.

Age Requirements:

Applicant must be 21 years of age.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must meet education requirements specified by the New York State Education Department.

Examination Requirements:

Applicants must meet examination requirements specificed by the New York State Education Department.

Fees: (as of April 8, 2014)

The fee for licensure for occupational therapy is $294.
The fee for a limited permit for occupational therapy is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2012, there were 668 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 741 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Occupational Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 270 (voice)
518-474-3398 (fax)

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1122 - Occupational Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the ONET Online.

Additional Information:

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3425
Phone: (301) 652-2682
Fax: (310) 652-7711

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-4150
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Fax: (301) 869-8492


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/02/14.

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