The College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) is a governing body established by the provincial government to regulate the practice of Occupational Therapy in our province. All occupational therapists who practice in Nova Scotia must be registered members of the college. It is illegal to use the title "occupational therapist" without registration in the college.
We are different from professional associations, which are professional interest organizations.
Our mandate is to protect the public interest by setting standards for practice, establishing programs to ensure that OTs practice safely and competently, and investigating concerns raised about registrants' practices.