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Massachusetts OT Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Occupational Therapists: OTs licensed in Massachusetts must complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
New Licensees: For new occupational therapy professionals licensed by examination, this continuing competence requirement commences following their first renewal period after initial licensure.
Occupational Therapy Assistants: OTAs licensed in Massachusetts must complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.
When is the deadline to complete the continuing education requirements?
On renewal. A license shall expire every two (2) years on the birth anniversary of the licensee.
How is contact hour defined?
Can credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
No. Only those continuing competence activities which are completed during the required continuing competence period, twenty-four (24) months prior to each renewal date, will be acceptable as qualifying continuing competence activities for that period.
Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
For each renewal period, each occupational therapy professional's continuing competency points must include two (2) points in ethics, laws and regulations governing practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
Published books, chapters of published books and/or articles in peer reviewed journals authored by the occupational therapy professional may be submitted for Board approval. A maximum of twenty-two (22) of the total twenty-four (24) points for activities to maintain continuing competence may be credited per book. A maximum of two (2) points may be credited per book chapter or article published in a peer-reviewed journal.
For each continuing competence activity point earned from publication of books, chapters of books and/or articles in refereed journals, a occupational therapy professional must be able to provide documentation of the following information:
Presentation and Instruction
Presenters and instructors of academic courses, workshops, or seminars.
Academic Courses. Faculty may be credited with four (4) points per academic credit awarded by the accredited degree-granting institution of higher education for a course.
Continuing Education Courses, Workshops and Seminars. Instructors may be credited one (1) point for activities to maintain continuing competence for each contact hour of the activity taught by the instructor.
Such Board-approved instruction and presentation may count towards no more than ten (10) of the required twenty-four (24) points for activities to maintain continuing competence per renewal period and points will be awarded only for first time instruction and presentation of courses, workshops or seminars. Subsequent instruction and presentation of courses, workshops or seminars will be awarded ½ the respective value of points.
For each continuing competence activity point earned by the teaching of courses, workshops or seminars or participation in other activities, the occupational therapy professional must be able to document the following information:
Fully completed academic coursework, by the licensee, from an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may be submitted for no more than six (6) of the required twenty-four (24) points for activities to maintain continuing competence per renewal period, with one (1) point per academic credit awarded by the accredited degree-granting institution of higher education.
For each continuing competence point earned by participation in a continuing competence program or academic coursework, an occupational therapy professional must be able to provide documentation of the following:
Continuing Competence Programs
Fully completed continuing competence programs may be submitted for up to twenty-four (24) points, one (1) point per contact hour or equivalent as awarded by the provider.
Courses Approved by the AOTA or APTA.
Other continuing competence activities approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. or the American Physical Therapy Association may be submitted for no more than six (6) of the required twenty-four (24) points for activities to maintain continuing competence per renewal period.
Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
Which type of courses or activities are not allowed?
Is board approval necessary for continuing education?
All continuing competence activities other than Board approved continuing competence programs set forth below are subject to approval by the Board.
Programs or activities content shall directly relate to the practice of occupational therapy in the Commonwealth and the educational objectives shall exceed a basic level of knowledge as it relates to occupational therapy professional practice. and endorsed or sponsored by the following organizations shall be deemed approved for continuing competence points:
What are the reporting requirements?
At the time of license renewal, each physical therapy professional is required to submit to the Board a signed statement on a form provided by the Board attesting under the pains and penalty of perjury to satisfaction of the continuing competence requirements.
How long must continuing education records be retained?
Two (2) years.
Can the continuing education requirements be waived?
The Board may waive the continuing competence requirement for any occupational therapy professional who, for reasons of health, disability, out of state military service, or undue hardship, cannot meet the requirements.
An application for a waiver, containing all supporting documentation, shall be submitted to the Board on a form provided by the Board at least 45 days before the end of the licensee's renewal cycle.
Waivers of continuing competence requirements shall be effective for no more than one renewal period.
After expiration of a waiver, an occupational therapy professional may apply for a waiver for up to an additional renewal period.
If a temporary waiver is granted, the occupational therapy professional shall comply with all continuing competence requirements for all subsequent renewal periods, after such time that the waiver expires unless a subsequent waiver is granted.
Does the board audit therapist’s continuing education?
The Board may review and/or randomly audit the documentation of any occupational therapy professional's continuing competence requirements and may request the documentation described above or additional documentation for two (2) prior licensure renewal/periods. The Board shall determine whether the activity/program documentation submitted meets all criteria for continuing competence as specified above.
259 CMR 7.00