Occupational Therapy Licensing Requirements For States In Federal Region I


Licensing requirements for occupational therapy in each state are different. As the United States of America is a federal republic, each state has its own “mini-government” and its own board for occupational therapy that regulates the rules and regulations for practice.

States Included in The Standard Federal Region I:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Connecticut

For one to be a licensed occupational therapist in Connecticut, one has to pass the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. If you are already licensed in another state, the Department of Health in Connecticut may grant a license by endorsement to occupational therapists provided that the requirements for practicing occupational therapy in their licensed state are similar to those in Connecticut. Temporary permits are issued to recently graduated students. Permits are valid for 120 days and non-renewable. Permits are not issued to applicants who fail the exam.

Maine

Occupational Therapy Licensing As with other states, you need to pass the NBCOT exam to become a licensed occupational therapist in Maine. The Maine Board of Occupational Therapy Practice does not license via reciprocity or endorsement; as such, you have to reapply for a license in Maine despite being a licensed occupational therapist elsewhere. Should you pass the NBCOT exam, you will be issued a temporary license valid until the release of exam results.

Massachusetts

To be a licensed occupational therapist in Massachusetts, you have to pass the NBCOT exam. If you are a licensed occupational therapist anywhere in the United States, you may be issued a license without taking the state boards. If you are still registering for the NBCOT exam, you may be issued a temporary license. You may be reissued another temporary license should you fail the exam, for a maximum of 3 attempts at the NBCOT.

New Hampshire

You have to pass the NBCOT exam to be licensed occupational therapist in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Governing Board does not issue licenses via reciprocity or endorsement. There is a minimum age limit of 17 years old to apply for a license and the program from which you graduated from must be in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTA).

Rhode Island

To be a licensed occupational therapist in Rhode Island, you have to pass the NBCOT exam. The Rhode Island Board of Occupational Therapy Practice also issues licenses through endorsement and temporary licenses for those waiting for their application.

Vermont

To become a licensed occupational therapist in Connecticut, you have to pass the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. If you are licensed in another state, the Vermont Occupational Therapy Advisory Board may grant a license by endorsement.


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