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Occupational Therapists

Unions and Associations

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) both serve the interests of occupational therapy assistants and aides. AOTA, with a membership of about 60,000, including OTs, OTAs, and OT students, is headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland. The organization has a mission "to advance occupational therapy practice, education, and research through standard setting and advocacy on behalf of its members, the profession, and the public." NBCOT certifies occupational therapy practitioners. Its mission is: "Serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy."

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