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New Jersey Occupational Therapy Temporary Permits 

Application for Licensure

A temporary license shall be available to an applicant for examination as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant with his or her initial application for examination.

Expiration

A temporary license holder shall take the licensure examination within ninety (90) days of the date of issuance of his or her temporary license. Failure to take the examination within ninety (90) days shall constitute a failure of the examination and the temporary license shall automatically expire.

 A temporary license holder may, however, apply to the Council for renewal of the temporary license. A temporary license holder shall take the licensure examination within 180 days of the date of issuance of the renewal.

A temporary license shall expire automatically upon the temporary license holder being notified of failure of the licensure examination. Upon notification of failure of the initial examination, a temporary license holder may apply to the Council for renewal of the temporary license.

Renewal

A temporary license shall be renewable one (1) time only. A temporary license holder seeking renewal of a temporary license shall submit a written request for renewal to the Council, within ten (10) business days of the expiration of the temporary license, certifying that he or she has requested a "Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine Notice" from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which shall be sent directly to the Council from NBCOT. The temporary license holder shall also submit the renewal fee.

A temporary license, which has been renewed shall automatically expire upon notification to the temporary license holder from NBCOT that he or she has failed the licensure examination for the second time or upon the temporary license holder's failure to take the licensure examination for the second time within 180 days of the date of issuance of the renewal. The temporary license holder shall immediately cease practice and surrender the temporary license to the Council upon such notification or upon expiration of the 180 days. Failure to cease practicing shall be deemed professional misconduct and the unlicensed practice of occupational therapy and may subject a licensee to the penalties.

A temporary license shall expire within 180 days of the temporary license holder's receipt of notification from NBCOT that he or she has passed the licensure examination. The temporary license holder shall cease practicing under the temporary license no later than 180 days after receiving the NBCOT notification. The temporary license holder shall submit all documentation required for licensure and shall surrender the temporary license to the Council within 180 days of NBCOT notification. Failure to cease practicing shall be deemed professional misconduct and the unlicensed practice of occupational therapy and may subject a licensee to the penalties.

A temporary license issued to an applicant for licensure who has completed the academic and administrative requirements necessary for an occupational therapy degree or certificate, but who has not had the degree or certificate conferred, shall be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance. The temporary license holder shall cease practicing under the temporary license no later than 180 days after the date the license is issued. The temporary license holder shall submit an official transcript of his or her education to complete his or her licensure application and shall surrender the temporary license to the Council within 180 days of the date of issuance. Failure to cease practicing shall be deemed professional misconduct and the unlicensed practice of occupational therapy and may subject a licensee to the penalties.

Responsibilities of a Temporary License Holders

A temporary licensed occupational therapist or a temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant shall not render nor continue to render care unless he or she has obtained ongoing direction from his or her designated supervisor.

A temporary licensed occupational therapist shall be responsible for client care within the limits of his or her scope of practice. A temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant shall be responsible for care within the limits of his or her scope of practice.

A temporary licensed occupational therapist or a temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant shall maintain a record of supervision which shall include the name and license number of his or her designated supervisor, the date when the temporary licensee received supervision and the type of supervision that was provided.

Supervision

The holder of a temporary license may practice only under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

A temporary licensed occupational therapist shall provide occupational therapy services only under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

 A temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant shall work only under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, or a licensed occupational therapy assistant who has been delegated supervisory responsibilities.

The supervising occupational therapist shall be responsible for the occupational therapy care of the client being treated by a temporary licensed occupational therapist or a temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant.

In the event of a change of the supervising occupational therapist, the subsequent supervisor shall assume responsibility for the ongoing supervision of any temporary licensed occupational therapist(s) or temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant(s) providing care to the client and shall become the designated supervisor.

A designated supervisor shall be responsible for the close supervision of a temporary licensed occupational therapist or temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant.

Citation

N.J.S.A. § 45:9-37.67

N.J.A.C. § 13:44K-4.2

N.J.A.C. § 13:44K-7.1

N.J.A.C. § 13:44K-7.3

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