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How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Washington

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (C.O.T.A.)
Requires an Associate of Applied Science Degree heavy with sciences like biology, anatomy, physiology and psychology to name a few.

Occupational Therapist Assistant (O.T.A.)
A bachelor's degree in fields of study such as sociology, anthropology, and liberal arts is a step in the right direction; applied to one of the accredited Washington occupational therapy schools listed with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., www.aota.org would give you an excellent foundation for advancing in the field. A few programs will offer joint bachelor and master's degrees, and coursework in such a program could include further studies of the biological, physical and behavioral sciences also.
Occupational Therapist (O.T.)

O.T.’s must earn a master's degree in occupational therapy and complete six months of fieldwork as a requirement, along with passing an exam administered by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) before licensing. Fieldwork Requirements:

Six months supervised fieldwork in a clinic setting or a community center; this provides opportunity to put theory into practice, proving that you have met all required standards and training necessary to become an Occupational Therapist.

Washington State Occupational Therapist Licensing

(NBCOT) National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination
License Requirements:

  • Graduate of an approved program

Jurisprudence Examination

  • Study the Washington State Occupational Therapy Practice Laws. 
  • Take the Jurisprudence exam print your Certificate of successfully passing it and include with application packet.
  • Primary source verification; only accepted when mailed directly to the department from the source.

These items must not be included with your application.  They must be sent directly to:

Department of Health, Occupational Therapy Program
PO Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Official Transcript

  • Must show successful completion of fieldwork, and degree conferred.

If you were internationally educated, see special instructions below.

  • Letter from your school

If your transcripts are not yet available, you may be issued a limited permit with submission of a
letter from your program director verifying successful program completion, and date of graduation.

A full license will not be issued to you until an official transcript has been received.

NBCOT Verification

If you have taken the NBCOT exam you must have the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy send a letter of good standing and/or verification of having passed the NBCOT examination directly to:

National Board for Certification in
Occupational Therapy, Inc.,
12 S Summit Ave, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150

Verification of licenses

A completed license certification form must be received for every state you hold or have ever held a
Health care practitioner license.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Bellevue, Washington may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
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