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What is the appropriate use of titles by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants?

Answer: New York State licenses occupational therapists and authorizes occupational therapy assistants. Since an occupational therapist must pass the national certification examination to become licensed, almost all licensed occupational therapists hold the designation "OTR." It is common practice for these individuals to sign their names using the title "OTR/L," where the "R" refers to national certification and the "L" refers to state licensure. However, there is no requirement in New York State that licensed occupational therapists be registered nationally. Licensed occupational therapists who are not nationally registered would use the title "OT/L." In addition, occupational therapy assistants need not be certified nationally but must be authorized by the New York State Education Department. Since an occupational therapist assistant must, as of February 13, 2012, pass the national certification examination to become authorized, many occupational therapy assistants maintain national certification and, as a result, generally use the title "COTA" where the "C" refers to national certification. Occupational therapy assistants who are New York State authorized but who do not hold national certification should not use the title "COTA," but, rather, "OTA." Individuals working with a limited permit in occupational therapy may only indicate the degree awarded, e.g., "MS/OT."

Must I wear an identification badge when I am providing occupational therapy services in a healthcare setting?

Answer: You must wear an identification badge indicating your name and your professional title if you are practicing as an employee or operator of a hospital, clinic, group practice or multi professional facility, or at a commercial establishment offering health services to the public.

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