OTA New Graduate Application (General License Type)
In the State of Minnesota, you must have a current Minnesota Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) license before you begin practicing or using protected titles. The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel any outdated applications.
Thoroughly review the application materials before submitting your online application. Any licensing and processing fees incurred are your responsibility and are nonrefundable. The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel an outdated applications.
Note: Before beginning the online application process you will need to have detailed information available, including: social security number, alien card number, or Tax ID number, and if applicable, other license or registration numbers, date issued, and expiration dates.
You may qualify for Licensure by General Licensing by General Licensing Method under Minnesota Statutes §148.6408, if you have received professional education from an accredited educational program for occupational therapists and have passed the NBCOT examination within the past two (2) years. Additionally, if you currently hold or held a license in another state or jurisdiction, verification of license credential will be required.
Documents to be sent directly to the Board office:
- Official Transcript listing the occupational therapy related degree awarded. The transcript must be sent directly from the institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or sent via secured email technology directly from your school to the Boards email address;
- NBCOT exam scores (NOT the Verification of Certification). Information on how to request your exam scores may be found on the NBCOT web page; and
- If you hold or have held a license in another state or jurisdiction you must request a License Verification letter from the state or jurisdiction in which you are/were credentialed.
Criminal Background Check (CBC):
A fingerprint information packet will be sent to you AFTER a licensure application and fees have been submitted online. Emails are sent directly from the CBC office. If an email does not appear in your main email inbox within one (1) to two (2) business days, check your spam inbox. CBC results may take up to three (3) to five (5) weeks following receipt of the fingerprint packet in the CBC office. Detailed information on the CBC process can be found on the CBC website
If you answered yes to any of the practice questions, please submit further legal/medical documentation. Additionally, provide the Board with a detailed written explanation as to what led up to the incidents you reported on your application and how it has or hasn't affected you.
Legal documents; Request the county or jurisdiction to provide the MN Board with any legal documents (arrest records, court documents, dismissal of charges etc.) related to the incident. They must be mailed to the Board office by the state or jurisdiction. If the documentation cannot be mailed directly to us have the appropriate agency mail or provide them directly to you and do not open the envelope. Please place the sealed envelope in a new envelope and mail or deliver to the Board office. If records are no longer available, have the jurisdiction send a letter indicating this.
If you have specific questions about the application process contact the Board office directly.