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Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant

"Practice of occupational therapy" means the therapeutic use of occupations for habilitation and rehabilitation to enhance physical health, mental health, and cognitive functioning and includes the evaluation, analysis, assessment, and delivery of education and training in basic and instrumental activities of daily living; the design, fabrication, and application of orthoses (splints); the design, selection, and use of adaptive equipment and assistive technologies; therapeutic activities to enhance functional performance; vocational evaluation and training; and consultation concerning the adaptation of physical, sensory, and social environments.

"Occupational therapy assistant" means an individual who has met the requirements of the Board for licensure and who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist to assist in the practice of occupational therapy.

Laws and Regulations

Review state laws and regulations that apply to the board and Licensed Occupational Therapists.

Applications & Forms

To apply for licensure, please visit the application wizard for Ocupational Therapist or Occpational Therapy Assistant.  For other forms check the applications and forms  page.

To obtain information about taking the examination and obtaining certification by NBCOT (National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy), please visit NBCOT's website.


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Advisory Board Meetings

Oct 8 2024 10:00AM (Tue)Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy
Jun 4 2024 10:00AM (Tue)Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy
Feb 6 2024 10:00AM (Tue)Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy - Cancelled
Oct 3 2023 10:00AM (Tue)Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy - Cancelled
Jun 22 2023 8:35AM (Thu)Public hearing on proposed regulations for implementation of the Occupational Therapy Compact Draft Minutes
Jun 13 2023 10:00AM (Tue)Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy Agenda Draft Minutes

To view other board meetings visit the board's full calendar.

The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact allows eligible licensed occupational therapists an alternative method for providing services in other member states. If you are interested in learning more about the OT Compact, please use the following link: 

Please note that the OT Compact is not operational in Virginia until regulations are effective.

The Occupational Therapy Compact Commission (OTCC) is requesting the public to provide feedback regarding its draft rule on FBI Criminal Background Checks (CBC). A link to the OTCC draft rules FBI CBC can be found here: 

The public comment period for the draft rule is from May 1, 2024 – May 30, 2024. Please send an email to with your feedback.

Virginia Board of Medicine | Contact the Board
William L. Harp, MD, Executive Director
John R. Clements, DPM, President