Occupational Therapy Licensure

The program leads to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. The designed outcome is to lead to eligibility to sit for the exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which is required for licensure in New York. 

Students may be eligible for licensure in states outside of New York. However, licensure requirements may vary from state to state. We encourage each student to research and understand the specific requirements for licensure in their state of residence. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree and completing the national test with a passing score. After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). All states require licensure to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

A list of states where the program meets state licensing requirements can be found on Russell Sage College’s Programs Leading to Licensure page.