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Ohio Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: Twenty (20) contact hours

New Licensees: Licensees are not required to obtain any continuing education units for the first renewal.

If the license was valid for a period of twelve months or less, the licensee shall complete ten (10) contact hours of continuing education within the renewal cycle, including one contact hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence.

OTAs: Twenty (20) contact hours

How is contact hour defined?

A “contact hour” is one hour spent in a continuing education activity meeting the requirements of this rule. Contact hours exclude refreshment breaks, receptions, social gatherings, and meals that do not include an acceptable activity.

How long is the reporting period?

All individuals licensed as an occupational therapist shall renew their license by the thirtieth day of June in each odd-numbered year. When a license to practice as an occupational therapist is issued by the board on or after March first of an odd-numbered year, that license shall be valid through the thirtieth day of June of the next odd numbered year.

All individuals licensed as an occupational therapy assistant shall renew their license by the thirtieth day of June in each even-numbered year. When a license to practice as an occupational therapy assistant is issued by the board on or after March first of an even-numbered year, that license shall be valid through the thirtieth day of June of the next even-numbered year.

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

All continuing education activities must be earned in the two (2) year period immediately preceding the thirtieth day of June of the year in which licensure renewal is required. Contact hours may not be carried over from one renewal period to the next.

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

Licensees shall complete at least one (1) contact hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence education per renewal cycle. The one (1) hour ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence requirement may be fulfilled by completing an acceptable activity that contains at least one (1) hour addressing professional ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence. In addition, any presentation by the occupational therapy section meets the ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence requirement.

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

Attending professional workshops, seminars, and/or conferences

Requirements

Credit is obtained by attending presentations that have either been sponsored or approved by the occupational therapy section, the American occupational therapy association (AOTA), the Ohio occupational therapy association, offered by an AOTA approved provider, or which meets the following criteria:

  • It contributes directly to professional competency;
  • It relates directly to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy practitioners; and
  • It is conducted by individuals who have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter of the program.

Documentation

Copies of continuing education unit certificates or other original documents indicating credits awarded may also be used as verification of participation. If no other form of verification is available, licensees may obtain from the board verification of participation forms, which are to be signed by each presenter at the conclusion of each presentation. If a presentation is made by a panel of individuals, only one signature is required.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for each hour of instruction.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Presentations of occupational therapy programs, workshops, or seminars

Requirement 

The presentation must be to health or education professionals and/or students, be at least one contact hour in length and relate to the clinical practice, management, or

Documentation

Proof of presentation is the workshop, conference, or seminar contract, or the brochure, agenda, or other printed materials describing content and audience.

Hours Awarded

Two (2) contact hours will be awarded for each hour of presentation.

Continuing education credit will not be awarded for subsequent presentations of the same material.

Maximum Hours

Maximum of eight (8) contact hours.

Preparation to teach a clinical course in occupational therapy

Requirements

The course must be taught in an occupational therapy program accredited by the accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE).

Documentation

Proof of presentation is the course syllabus or other printed materials describing the content and goals of the course.

Hours Awarded

Credit will only be awarded for preparation for a new course or substantive changes to an existing course.

One (1) contact hour will be awarded for each hour of preparation.

Maximum Hours

Maximum of eight (8) contact hours.

Publication

Requirements

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

Co-authorship is acceptable. The item must be published within the current renewal cycle.

Documentation

Proof of completion is the published article, title page of the book, or film.

Hours Awarded

A maximum of five (5) contact hours for each published article.

Ten (10) contact hours for a published book.

Five (5) contact hours for a chapter in a book.

Ten (10) contact hours for a film may be earned.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Undergraduate or graduate courses

Requirement

Courses must be related to the management, practice, or education of occupational therapy.

Documentation

Proof of completion is an unofficial college or university transcript. An official college or university transcript may be requested at the discretion of the Occupational Therapy Section.

Hours Awarded

A maximum of ten (10) contact hours may be earned per completed course.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Supervision of fieldwork: Supervising level I students

Requirement

A licensee must be a signing rater on the American occupational therapy association fieldwork performance evaluation (FWPE) to be eligible for continuing education credit.

If more than one licensee is a signing rater on the FWPE, the contact hours earned shall be divided between the signing raters.

Documentation

Proof of student supervision is a certificate of supervision from the student’s school.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for each student supervised.

Maximum Hours

Maximum of six (6) contact hours.

Supervision of fieldwork: Supervising level II students

Requirements

A licensee must be a signing rater on the American occupational therapy association fieldwork performance evaluation (FWPE) to be eligible for continuing education credit. If more than one licensee is a signing rater on the FWPE, the contact hours earned shall be divided between the signing raters.

Documentation

Proof of student supervision is a certificate of supervision from the student’s school.

Hours Awarded

Six (6) contact hours may be earned per student for eight weeks of supervision.

Eight (8) contact hours may be earned per student for twelve (12) weeks of supervision.

Maximum Hours

No limit .

Self-study

Requirements

Formal study packages, such as printed text, multi-media, or Internet based activities, related to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy are acceptable.

Documentation

Proof of completion is the certificate of completion and/or a copy of the post test results.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for each hour of study.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Distance Learning

Requirements

Credit for distance learning requires that there be opportunity for interaction with the program presenter and that the content is related to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy.

Documentation

The agenda and certificate of participation are required to verify completion.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for each hour of instruction.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Apprenticeships

Requirements

Supervised clinical experience aimed at developing specialized skills in occupational therapy is acceptable.

Documentation

Proof of completion is a signed letter from the clinical supervisor describing length and type of education experiences and an evaluation of the occupational therapist’s or occupational therapy assistant’s performance.

Hours Awarded

Five (5) contact hours shall be credited for each forty (40) hour week.

Maximum Hours

No limit.

Research Projects

Requirements

The hours will be granted only for completed, published or unpublished research projects related to the theory, clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy.

Documentation

Proof of completion is the published article or unpublished

manuscript.

Hours Awarded

Maximum Hours

Maximum of ten (10) contact hours.

Informal Independent Study

Requirements

Reading an evidence based book chapter or research journal article relating to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy practitioners and identifying how the information presented can be applied to one’s own practice, management, or education situation.

Documentation

Proof of completion is a copy of the article’s title page and the first page, and a written report

summarizing the information and outlining how it can be applied by the licensee.

Hours Awarded

One (1) hour will be awarded for each chapter/article.

Maximum Hours

Maximum of four (4) contact hours.

Jurisprudence Examination

Requirements

This contact hour may be used to fulfill the ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence requirement.

Documentation

Proof of completion is the graded examination.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for completing and passing the Ohio occupational therapy jurisprudence examination.

Maximum Hours

This contact hour may be utilized only once per renewal cycle for

continuing education credit.

Mentorship

Requirements

Continuing education credit can be earned by mentoring a student completing a graduate level research/capstone project at an ACOTE accredited entry-level or a post-professional occupational therapist education program.

Documentation

Proof of mentorship will be a certificate from the student’s school and a time log documenting the mentor’s activities and the time spent completing those activities.

Hours Awarded

One (1) contact hour may be earned for every eighty (80) hours of mentorship completed.

Maximum Hours

Maximum of four (4) contact hours.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Credit is obtained by attending presentations that have either been sponsored or approved by the occupational therapy section, the American occupational therapy association (AOTA), the Ohio occupational therapy association, offered by an AOTA approved provider, or which meets the following criteria:

    • It contributes directly to professional competency;
    • It relates directly to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy practitioners; and
    • It is conducted by individuals who have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter of the program.

Prior approval from the section is not required if the above criteria has been met.

Audit

The occupational therapy section shall conduct an audit of the continuing education records of not less than five percent of the licensees each renewal year.

Licensees chosen for audit shall submit to the board by the date specified by the board copies of all records and documentation of the continuing education activities used to meet the requirements.

Failure to provide proof of the required number of continuing education hours, in the appropriate categories, for the specified time period will result in the commencement of disciplinary action.

Failure to respond to or acknowledge receipt of an audit notice will result in the commencement of disciplinary action.

Waiver

In individual cases involving disability, illness or undue hardship, the occupational therapy section may grant waivers of the continuing education requirements, or extensions of time within which to fulfill these requirements not to exceed two calendar years.

    • To apply for a waiver or extension due to undue hardship, the licensee must submit a signed letter to the section describing the hardship no later than April first of the renewal year.
    • To apply for a waiver or extension due to disability or illness, the licensee must obtain, complete, and submit the waiver or extension form to the occupational therapy section no later than April first of the renewal year. This form or appropriate letter must also be signed by a licensed physician in good standing verifying that the licensee suffers from a disability or illness.
    • The deadlines may be waived at the discretion of the occupational therapy section.

Citation

Ohio Admin Code § 4755-9-01

Ohio Admin Code § 4755-9-02

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