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Professional Regulation

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 fieldwork 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

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge.”  This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

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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