Ashby Opposes Unnecessary Mandate On Occupational Therapy

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), a licensed occupational therapist who operates his own private practice, today announced that he is joining with the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) in their opposition to the proposed mandate requiring an occupational therapy doctoral degree.

“I stand with NYSOTA in opposition to mandating the occupational therapy doctoral degree,” said Ashby. “This mandate would not only limit entry into the profession, increase costs for students and degree offering institutions, but would also cause significant degree inflation which would irreparably harm the profession in New York State. I believe in enhancing the quality of education and that must include autonomy; for students and institutions alike.”

Additionally, the New York State Occupational Therapy Association has noted that there is no demonstrated need by the public or the profession to require all future practicing occupational therapists to hold a doctoral degree.