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Indiana Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists:  Eighteen (18) hours of continuing competency are required for license renewal.

New Licensees:  If a license is valid for less than twelve (12) months, no continuing competency is required for renewal. If the license is valid for twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months, nine (9) hours of continuing competency is required for renewal.

OTAs:  Eighteen (18) hours of continuing competency are required for license renewal.

How is credit hour defined?

"Contact hour" means a unit of measure for a continuing competency activity. One (1) contact hour equals at least fifty (50) minutes in a learning activity.

How long is the reporting period?

Biennial

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

No.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

During each two (2) year license period, an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant must complete at least eighteen (18) hours of continuing competency of which at least nine (9) hours must be in category I courses.

All eighteen (18) hours of the continuing competency requirements may be obtained through distance learning methods.

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?

An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant may not earn more than nine (9) category II credit hours towards the requirements.

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

Category I

Hour Calculation

Maximum

Formally organized courses

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Workshops

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Seminars

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Symposia

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Home study programs, including approved online or web-based, audio, and video instructional programs

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Undergraduate or graduate courses from an accredited institution related to the management, practice, and education of

occupational therapy

Must be at least one

(1) contact hour in length.

No Max

Continuing education courses offered by accredited colleges are acceptable for purposes of this rule if the course content

is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the practice of occupational

therapy.

One (1) semester hour equals fifteen (15) contact hours.

One (1) quarter hour equals ten (10) contact hours.

No Max

Category II

Nine (9) Total

Publications of books, articles, or films related to practice, management, or education of occupational therapy.

Five (5) contact hours.

Preparation for teaching a course in occupational therapy in an accredited program.

Six (6) contact hours.

Supervision of fieldwork for Level I and Level II students.

One (1) contact hour will be awarded for every thirty-two (32)

hours of supervision.

Six (6) contact hours.

In-house or in-service seminars specifically designed for training or teaching.

Actively participating with professional organizations as an officer or committee chairperson.

Supervising occupational therapy students when doing their observational hours as a pre-OT student applicant.

Research activities other than publications and presentations.


What type of approval is needed for the courses?

In addition to those approved organizations approved under IC 25-1-4-0.2, the following organizations are approved organizations for the purpose of sponsoring continuing competency courses without making further application to the committee:

    • American Occupational Therapy Association or AOTA approved providers.
    • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
    • Indiana Occupational Therapy Association or IOTA approved providers.

What are the reporting requirements?

An application for renewal of a license must contain a sworn statement by the licensee attesting that the continuing competency requirements as required by this section have been fulfilled.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Retain verification of completion of continuing competency required by this rule for three (3) years after the last renewal date.

Audit

A license holder must do the following:

Present verification of completion of continuing competency required by this rule at the request of the committee.

Citations

844 IAC 10-7

844 IAC 10-7


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