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Occupational Therapy Jobs in Rhode Island

According to Indeed.com, the average salary for an Occupational Therapist in Rhode Island is approximately $87,000 per year. Apparently, the salary for an OT in Rhode Island is 4 percent below the national average, however, that does not mean that becoming an OT in Rhode Island isn't profitable. In fact, an Occupational Therapist who specializes in therapy in Rhode Island can make an average of $106,000 per year and OT's that work for the government in Rhode Island can make at least $101,000 per year, as well. Keep reading to find out how you can get the skills, education, training and certification you need to become an Occupational Therapist in Rhode Island.


In every state, those studying to be OT's (hopeful COTA's and OTR's) are required to complete an accredited Occupational Therapy program and pass the National Certification Exam in order to be certified in their prospective titles. However, in the state of Rhode Island, individuals are required to have a licensed granted to them by the Rhode Island Department of Health Office and Health Professional Regulations, in order to practice in Rhode Island a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) or Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

OTR and COTA Requirements in Rhode Island

Applicants must...

*Be at least 18 years old,

*Have good moral character

*Be legally allowed to work in the United States (U.S. Citizens are required to provide a birth certificate or naturalization documents. Non-U.S. citizens need to provide immigration papers, resident card or other acceptable documents as dictated by the director)

*Have received a degree or diploma from an online or campus-based OT school in Rhode Island that has been accredited by the AOTAACOT - the American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (The program is required to include supervised fieldwork and coursework. Fieldwork requirements to become an OTR in Rhode Island should last for at least 24 weeks, while fieldwork for COTA certification should be at least 12 weeks.)

*When a person completes the necessary requirements and graduates from an accredited OT program in the state of Rhode Island, they are eligible to take either the Register or National Certification of Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistants administered by the NBCOT or the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy or they can sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists.

Note: An individual who has received a felony conviction may not be eligible to attain an OT license in Rhode Island or take the NBCOT certification exam.

After an individual has completed the above requirements, hopeful COTAs or OTRs are able to apply for an island to perform OT procedures in Rhode Island. They can do this by filling out and submitting a notarized application, proof of their ability to work in the US, results of their written exam, a passport photo and paying a $90 application fee.

An OT license in Rhode Island is valid for two years and needs to be renewed by the 31st of March during an even numbered year. In addition, the division administrator will send a renewal application to anyone holding a license in RI, by March 1st on even numbered years. The individual is then, responsible to complete and return the renewal form, pay the $90 renewal fee and provide proof of participation of a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education experience.

Campus-based and online programs are available throughout Rhode Island in cities such as, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick so that individuals who are certified can prepare themselves for a career at some of Rhode Island's best healthcare facilities and hospitals including Kent Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.