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Minnesota OT Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Occupational Therapists: A licensed OT in Minnesota must obtain a minimum of 24 contact hours of continuing education in the two-year licensure period.
New Licensees: Licensees who are issued licenses for a period of less than two (2) years must obtain a prorated number of contact hours required for licensure renewal based on the number of months licensed during the two-year licensure period.
OTAs: A licensed OTA in Minnesota must obtain a minimum of eighteen (18) contact hours of continuing education in the two-year licensure period.
How is credit hour defined?
Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
All continuing education coursework must be obtained between the effective and expiration dates of the license.
Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?
What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
A licensee may obtain an unlimited number of contact hours in any two-year continuing education period through participation in the following:
(1) Attendance at educational programs of annual conferences, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, in-service training, seminars, and symposiums.
(2) Successful completion of college or university courses. The licensee must obtain a grade of at least a "C" or a pass in a pass/fail course in order to receive credit. One college credit equals six (6) continuing education contact hours.
(3) Successful completion of home study courses that require the participant to demonstrate the participant's knowledge following completion of the course.
A licensee may obtain a maximum of one-half of the required contact hours in any two (2) year continuing education period for:
(1) Teaching continuing education or occupational therapy related courses that meet the requirements of this section. A licensee is entitled to earn a maximum of two contact hours as preparation time for each contact hour of presentation time. Contact hours may be claimed only once for teaching the same course in any two-year continuing education period. A course schedule or brochure must be maintained for audit.
(2) Supervising occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant students. A licensee may earn one contact hour for every eight hours of student supervision. Licensees must ensure they receive documentation regarding each student supervised and the dates and hours each student was supervised. Contact hours obtained by student supervision must be obtained by supervising students from an occupational therapy education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
(3) Teaching or participating in courses related to leisure activities, recreational activities, or hobbies if the practitioner uses these interventions within the practitioner's current practice or employment.
(4) Engaging in research activities or outcome studies that are related to the practice of occupational therapy and associated with grants, postgraduate studies, or publications in professional journals or books.
Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
A licensee may obtain a maximum of two (2) contact hours in any two (2) year continuing education period for continuing education activities in the following areas:
A minimum of one-half of the required contact hours must be directly related to occupational therapy practice. The remaining contact hours may be related to occupational therapy practice, the delivery of occupational therapy services, or to the practitioner's current professional role.
What type of approval is needed for the courses?
What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
Credit must not be granted for the following activities: hospital rounds, entertainment or recreational activities, noneducational association meetings, and employment orientation sessions.
What are the reporting requirements?
Each licensee must use the continuing education reporting form to verify meeting the continuing education requirements of this section. The licensee must maintain documentation, including but not limited to a signed certificate, transcript, or similar evidence of participation in an activity. The documentation must include a:
How long must continuing education records be retained?
The board may waive or defer all or part of the continuing education requirements of this section if the licensee submits a written request and provides satisfactory evidence to the board of illness, injury, financial hardship, family hardship, or other similar extenuating circumstances that preclude completion of the requirements during the licensure period. The request for a waiver must be in writing, state the circumstances that constitute hardship, state the period of time the licensee wishes to have the continuing education requirement waived, and state the alternative measures that will be taken if a waiver is granted.
Waivers granted by the board must specify, in writing, the time limitation and required alternative measures to be taken by the licensee. A request for waiver must be denied if the board finds that the circumstances stated by the licensee do not support a claim of hardship, the requested time period for waiver is unreasonable, the alternative measures proposed by the licensee are not equivalent to the continuing education activity being waived, or the request for waiver is not submitted to the board within 60 calendar days of the expiration date.
The board may audit a percentage of the continuing education reports based on random selection. A licensee shall maintain all documentation required for two (2) years after the last day of the biennial licensure period in which the contact hours were earned.
All renewal applications that are received after the expiration date may be subject to a continuing education report audit.
Any licensee against whom a complaint is filed may be subject to a continuing education report audit.
The licensee shall make the following information available to the board for auditing purposes:
Minn. R. 148.6443
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