Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosure
New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals. For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate has requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State. SUNY’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public. Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state, this disclosure will help you check to see what that state requires.
Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, the University at Buffalo, State University of New York provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.
This Disclosure is strictly limited to the University at Buffalo, State University of New York’s determination of whether its educational program, BS in occupational science / MS in occupational Therapy that, if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure or certification requirements in a State for practice as an occupational therapist. SUNY cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.
This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after this disclosure has been made. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.
The University at Buffalo, State University of New York, has designed an educational program curriculum for BS in Occupational Science / MS in Occupational Therapy that if successfully completed is sufficient to allow graduates of the program to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice: however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The University at Buffalo BS in Occupational Science/ MS in Occupational Therapy curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure and certification requirements in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
State Occupational Therapy Licensure Board Contacts