Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Exam

how to become a certified cota

What is the NBCOT-COTA exam?

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) exam tests the competency of entry-level occupational therapists interested in alongside a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR). The COTA exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Career outcomes

Individuals who pass the COTA exam are able to add “certified” to their title, which may lead to increased job opportunities. Occupational therapy certification granted from the COTA exam will also prepare individual to pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy or to sit for the Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) exam.

Who is eligible?

Individuals with an associate degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program are eligible to sit for the COTA exam.

NBCOT-COTA exam overview

The COTA exam consists of three main sections:

  • Assist the OTR to acquire information regarding factors that influence occupational performance throughout the occupational therapy process
  • Implement interventions in accordance with the intervention plan and under the supervision of the OTR to support client participation in areas of occupation throughout the occupational therapy process
  • Uphold professional standards and responsibilities to promote quality in practice

COTA exams take place at Prometric Testing Centers and consist of 200 multiple-choice questions administered in a computer format. Candidates have 4 hours to complete the exam.

For more information on the NBCOT-COTA exam, please visit the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

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