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Georgia Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Occupational Therapists:  Twenty-four (24) continuing education hours prior to the expiration date of the license

New Licensees: An individual who is applying for licensure in Georgia for the first time (never having held a Georgia OT or OTA license) and who is licensed during the second year of the biennium renewal period is not required to meet continuing education requirements for that initial renewal period only.

OTAs: Twenty-four (24) continuing education hours prior to the expiration date of the license

How is credit hour defined?

A continuing education hour is defined as actual time spent in instruction or organized learning experiences excluding meals, breaks, welcome/introductions, and business meetings.

How long is the reporting period?

Biennial. A license issued by the Board shall expire on March 31st of even numbered years.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

Credits must be obtained within the two (2) year period prior to the renewal date.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

At least fourteen (14) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours must be related to direct patient care. This includes occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, occupational therapy implementation and diagnostic related information.

Each licensee must complete a minimum of two (2) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours in the ethics of occupational therapy practice.

At least twelve (12) of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours must be obtained by attendance at live presentations such as workshops, seminars, conferences or formal academic coursework.

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Description

Documentation  

Maximum

Continuing education courses that include attendance and participation at a live presentation such as a workshop, seminar, conference or in-service educational program.

A certificate of completion or similar documentation signed by program official, and

A program description including sponsor, course title, date(s), program objectives/learning outcomes, content description, and agenda or schedule. A shortened description may be accepted for programs specifically exempted by the Board such as AOTA and GOTA Conferences

No Maximum

"General" continuing education. This includes areas related to administration, supervision, documentation, quality assurance and research.

Explanation of the relationship of the activity to occupational therapy and your professional growth.

Date(s) and clock hours of the activity;

Other information as may be requested.

Six (6) hours

Published professional writing and instructional presentations, as referenced in this rule, including first time or significantly revised presentations or an academic class session, workshop, seminar, in-service or professional meeting program session.

Presentation description including location, title, date, hours of presentation, general content description, and type of audience; and,

Verification of presentation or formal thank you note signed by the sponsor or program official.

Four (4) hours

Level II fieldwork supervision

A description of the fieldwork including name and type of facility, name of the fieldwork educator and times spent in direct supervision of the student; and,

Verification provided by the school to the fieldwork educator with the name of the student, school and dates of fieldwork or the signature page of the completed student evaluation form with evaluation scores and comments blocked out;

Four (4) hours

Electronic or web based courses, formal self-study courses, satellite broadcasts, computer learning activities, webinars, or viewing videotapes in a professional setting.

Verified instructional time by the course sponsor, a certificate of completion or similar documentation signed by the program official; and,

A program description including sponsor, course title, date(s), program objectives/learning outcomes, and content description.

Twelve (12) hours


What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Prior approval of continuing education courses is not required. Each licensee randomly selected for a CE audit must submit to the Board supporting documentation as specified in this rule.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

None specifically stated, see above for activities allowed

What are the reporting requirements?

Respond appropriately to questions on renewal of license application;

Retain continuing education documentation in personal files and submit to the Board if selected for a continuing education audit

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Documentation as specified in this rule must be maintained by the licensee for no less than four (4) years from the beginning date of the licensure period

Audit

Each licensee randomly selected for a CE audit must submit to the Board supporting documentation as specified in this rule.

References

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 671-3-.08


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