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Michigan Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: Twenty (20) contact hours.  

New Licensees:  CE not required during the initial license cycle.

Occupational Therapy Assistants: Twenty (20) contact hours. 

How is credit hour defined?

If the activity was not approved for a set number of hours, then one (1) hour of continuing education for each sixty (60) minutes of participation may be earned.

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) Years.

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

N/A

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

At least one (1) hour of continuing education shall be earned in the area of pain and symptom management. Continuing education hours in pain and symptom management may include, but are not limited to, courses in behavior management, psychology of pain, pharmacology, behavior modification, stress management, clinical applications, and drug interventions as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.

One-half of the required continuing education contact hours shall be completed in person using live, synchronous contact. The remaining continuing education contact hours may be completed in any other format.

Training for identifying victims of human trafficking

An individual seeking licensure or license renewal shall complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meets all the following standards:

Training content shall cover all of the following:

    • Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States.
    • Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
    • Identifying the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors.
    • Identifying resources for reporting suspected victims of human trafficking.

Acceptable providers or methods of training including any of the following:

    • Training offered by a nationally recognized or state recognized, health-related organization.
    • Training offered by, or in conjunction with, a state or federal agency.
    • Training in an educational program that has been approved by the advisory committee for initial license or registration, or by a college or university.
    • Reading an article related to the identification of human trafficking that meets the content standards above and is published in a peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific article.

Acceptable modalities of training including any of the following:

    • Teleconference or webinar.
    • Online presentation.
    • Live presentation.
    • Printed or electronic media.

The department may select and audit a sample of individuals and request documentation of proof of completion of training. If audited by the department, an individual shall provide an acceptable proof of completion of training, including either of the following:

    • Proof of completion certificate issued by the training provider that includes the date, provider name, name of training, and individual’s name.
    • A self-certification statement by an individual. The certification statement shall include the individual’s name and either of the following:
      • For training completed, the date, training provider name, and name of training.
      • For training completed, the title of the article, author, publication name of peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific journal, and date, volume, and issue of publication, as applicable.

The requirements apply to license renewal beginning with the first renewal cycle and for initial or licenses issued five (5) or more years after the promulgation of this rule (2017).

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

No more than ten (10) credit hours may be earned during one 24-hour period for on-line or electronic media, such as videos, internet web-based seminars, video conferences, online continuing education programs, and on-line journal articles.

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

Activity

Documentation

Credit Earned

Maximum

Completion of an approved continuing education program or activity related to the practice of occupational therapy.

If audited, an applicant shall submit a copy of a letter or certificate of completion showing the applicant’s name, number of credits earned, sponsor name or the name of the organization that approved the program or activity for continuing education credit, and the date on which the program was held or activity completed.

The number of hours approved by the sponsor or the approving organization. If the activity was not approved for a set number of hours, then one (1) hour of continuing education for each sixty (60) minutes of participation may be earned.

No Limit

Completion of academic courses related to the practice of occupational therapy offered in an occupational therapy education program approved by the board..

If audited, an applicant shall submit an official transcript that reflects completion of the academic course and number of semester or quarter credit hours earned.

Five (5) hours of continuing education may be earned for each semester credit hour earned. Three (3) hours of continuing education may be earned for each quarter credit hour earned.

No Limit

Initial publication of a chapter or an article related to the practice of occupational therapy in either of the following: A peer-reviewed textbook. A professional health care textbook. A peer-reviewed journal or periodical. Practice area related article in lay publication (community newspaper and newsletter). Non-peer reviewed professional publication (such as OT Practice, SIS Quarterly and Advance).

If audited, an applicant shall submit a copy of the publication that identifies the applicant as the author of the publication or a publication acceptance letter.

Ten (10) hours of continuing education can be earned for a publishing a peerreviewed textbook, professional healthcare textbook or a peerreviewed journal or periodical. Two (2) hours of continuing education can be earned for publishing a practice related article in a lay publication. Five (5) hours of continuing education can be earned for publishing a non-peer reviewed professional publication.

A maximum of ten (10) hours may be earned in each renewal period.

Independent reading of peer reviewed articles or viewing or listening to media related to the practice of occupational therapy that does not include a self-assessment component.

If audited, an applicant shall submit an affidavit attesting to the number of hours the applicant spent participating in these activities and that includes a description of the activity.

One (1) hour for each sixty (60) minutes of participation.

A maximum of five (5) hours may be earned in each renewal period.

Initial presentation of an academic or continuing education program that is not a part of the applicant’s regular job description.

If audited, an applicant shall submit a copy of the curriculum and a letter from the program sponsor verifying the length and date of the presentation.

Three hours may be earned for each sixty (60) minutes of presentation.

A maximum of ten (10) hours may be earned in each renewal period.

Participating on a state or national board, or board of a local chapter or association or committee, or volunteering related to the field of occupational therapy. A state or national board, or board of a local chapter or association is considered acceptable by the board if it enhances the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the field of occupational therapy.

If audited, an applicant shall submit documentation verifying the licensee’s participation in at least 50% of the regularly scheduled meetings of the board.

Attendance at a meeting equals one (1) credit hour of continuing education. Attendance at a volunteering activity equals one (1) credit hour of continuing education

A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education may be earned for this activity in each renewal period.

Primary or co-primary investigator in research activities or outcome studies, or externally funded service training projects associated with grants or post-graduation studies related to the field of occupational therapy.

A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education may be earned in each renewal period.

Completion of competency assessment or knowledge skills assessment activities, or both, either online or in person by an approved provider or employer.

If audited, an applicant shall submit documentation to include a certificate of completion or similar document including name, activity, date, sponsoring organization, location and time attended.

A maximum of ten (10) hours may be earned in each renewal period.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

A continuing education program or activity is approved if it is approved or offered for continuing education credit by any of the following:

    • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);
    • National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT);
    • International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) authorized providers;
    • Another state or provincial board of occupational therapy;
    • Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MIOTA);
    • An occupational therapy education program approved by the board in R 338.1222;
    • Employer-provided work place training;
    • Third party presentation that contributes to professional growth, development, and competency of occupational therapy practitioners.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

A licensee shall retain documentation of meeting the requirements of this rule for a period of four (4) years from the date of applying for license renewal.

Waiver

A request for a waiver shall be received by the department prior to the expiration date of the license.

Citation

Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.1215


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