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Occupational Therapist Assistant Licensure



General Information

 
Apply by reciprocity if you already hold a current Occupational Therapist license in another jurisdiction.

Apply by examination if:

  • you do not hold a current Occupational Therapist Assistant license in another jurisdiction AND
  • you have passed the NBCOT OTA exam

If you have not already passed the NBCOT examination, the NBCOT determines your eligibility to sit for the examination based on your education (including education received outside the United States) and your field work experience. To learn about the NBCOT eligibility requirements, visit the NBCOT website.You must have passed the exam before applying for licensure.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • An official score transfer sent directly from NBCOT if you took the NBCOT examination before 2007 OR did notdesignate Delaware to receive your scores.
    • To request the score transfer online, click NBCOT services and select Official Score Transfer.
    • If you took the NBCOT examination after 2006 and designated Delaware to receive your scores, the Board office can access your scores online. You do not need to request a score transfer in this situation.
  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.


Additional Requirement for Examination Applicants

If you are applying by examination, the following items are required in addition to the items in the previous section.

  • An official transcript sent directly from the college or university to the Board office.
    • Your school must be accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
    • The transcript should show your field work experience.
  • If you passed the exam more than three years ago, submit proof that you have completed 20 hours of continuing education (CE) in the past two years. The CE must meet the requirements in Section 3.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

 


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