Frequently asked questions about POTA membership
Q. If I am licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, am I automatically a member of POTA?
A. No, the State Licensure Board and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association are two separate organizations.
Q. Do I need a Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy License to join as an OT or an OTA member?
A. No, according to POTA Bylaws (2013) an Occupational Therapist ("OT") initially certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, formerly the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (“NBCOT”) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant ("OTA") initially certified by NBCOT are eligible for POTA membership.
Q. When does POTA's membership year begin?
A. You can join anytime and your membership is valid for 12 months from your payment date. Your member portal will list your membership period and you will receive a renewal reminder before your membership expires.
Q. Why should I join POTA?
A. POTA is the only forum that solely represents the interests of OT practitioners across the Commonwealth. POTA's strength lies in the POWER of our numbers. Your membership enables strong representation for OT in policy, reimbursement issues and topics that impact the provision of high quality care. We now have powerful members-only features that promote networking and collaboration within our online community. Blogs, forums, discussions, photo galleries and more are open only to POTA members. Join today!
Q. When I join POTA, is AOTA membership included with my POTA dues, or as a member of AOTA, am I automatically a member of POTA?
A. Although POTA is an Affiliate of the American Occupational Therapy Association, each association maintains its own membership processes and benefits. POTA and AOTA have distinct missions and activities. Participation in both organizations demonstrates your support and commitment to your profession.
Q. What percentage of my annual dues are tax deductable?
A. POTA estimates that 57% of your membership dues are allocable to lobbying activities of POTA and, therefore, are not deductible for income tax purposes as ordinary and necessary business expenses.
Q. What is the difference between POTA and the PA OT Licensure Board?
A. POTA is a professional membership organization. POTA Bylaws identify its purpose
"to advocate for, and represent, Pennsylvania-licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in order to preserve and advance the scope of occupational therapy practice, to ensure access to occupational therapy services, and to create a forum for continuing professional education."
The state OT Licensure Board is organized to regulate and license occupational therapy practitioners in Pennsylvania. Its mission includes protection of the public through activities to ensure high quality care and conduct by occupational therapy practitioners.
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