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 Licensing & Practice

Governing of the licensing and practice of OT in Louisiana.

The laws governing the licensing and practice of Louisiana occupational therapists and therapist assistants are monitored and enforced by Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME).

Click here to download the most current versions of Louisiana's law (Practice Act), rules, and application materials; as well as to verify licenses pertaining to occupational therapy.

It is crucial for LOTA and LSBME to collaborate.

Some important differences to understand between LOTA and LSBME:

Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association

  • is funded by voluntary membership of OTs and COTAs throughout the state - without adequate voluntary membership, we cannot stay afloat. 
  • serves to advocate for OT practitioners in Louisiana and to provide resources and education to our clinicians so that they can deliver best practice to our clients.
  • LOTA board members, council chairs, and committee members are all volunteers - they freely give their own time/service to contribute to the greater good of all Louisiana OT clinicians.
  • LOTA provides (pays for) a lobbyist for representation of OTs and COTAs at the state political and legislative level.

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners 

  • is funded by required dues/fees for state licensure and permits by: acupuncturists, athletic trainers, clinical exercise physiologists, clinical laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, licenses midwives, medical psychologists, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, physicians and physician assistants, perfusionists, podiatrists, polysomnography personnel, private radiological technologists, and respiratory therapists. 
  • LSBME provides Louisiana with an Occupational Therapy Advisory Committee (OTAC). This board serves to protect the consumers of occupational therapy, to regulate the services, as well as to advise LSBME on issues/concerns related to the practice of occupational therapy. 
  • OTAC members are appointed by and reimbursed for travel expenses by LSBME for their time/service to contribute to the committee.


(225) 291-2806

LOTA, PO Box 14806

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

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