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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:

New York licensed occupational therapists have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, including studies in anatomy and physiology, medical and psychosocial conditions, and human development. In addition, they have satisfactorily completed at least six months of supervised experience and have passed a State-approved licensing examination.


The fee for licensure as an occupational therapist is $294.
The fee for a limited permit as an occupational therapist is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 1,016 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 1,115 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020, there were 12,935 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Occupational Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 100 (voice)
Fax: 518-473-0532
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

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

Additional Information:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Email: [email protected]


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 2/1/21.

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