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Certification and Licensure

Students graduating from programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in occupational therapy are eligible to take the occupational therapy certification examination, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). Presently, the examination is given "on demand", at a number of locations. The exam also serves as the state licensing examination for most states. Students must apply separately for licensure. A professional license is generally obtained in the state where the student plans to practice. The NYS Education Department licenses occupational therapists to practice in New York. Students who have completed all requirements for their degrees but have not yet graduated may, in some cases, practice under supervision with a Limited Permit. Receipt of a license or permit requires proof of program completion, satisfactory character and citizenship, and submission with payment of all the appropriate forms.