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Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: Twenty-four (24) Hours 

New Licensees:  An occupational therapist is exempt from for the first biennial renewal following initial licensure.

Occupational Therapy Assistants: Twenty-four (24) Hours 

How is credit hour defined?

Contact hour—A unit of measure for a continued competency activity that equals 50-60 minutes of participation. 

How long is the reporting period?

Two Years.

June 30 of every odd numbered year unless renewed for the next biennium.

CE Activity Options

Description

Documentation

Credit Earned

Maximum Allowed

Continuing Education Courses

Certificate of completion indicating the name and date of the course and a description of the course from the brochure.

Contact hours equal the number of instructional hours.

N/A

Academic Courses

Acceptable documentation of educational courses consists of an official transcript or certificate of completion indicating the name and date of the course and a description of the course from the school catalog or brochure.

One credit equals fifteen (15) contact hours.

N/A

Mentorship

Prior to beginning a mentorship, the mentor and the mentee shall enter into a mentorship agreement.

At the conclusion of the mentorship, the mentor shall provide a postmentorship summary documenting the time spent in and outcomes of the mentoring program. A copy of the summary shall be provided to the mentee and maintained by the mentor and the mentee for four (4) years.

The mentor and the mentee may each earn one (1) contact hour for every five (5) hours spent in mentorship activities.

Up to a maximum aggregate of twelve (12) contact hours per biennium.

Fieldwork Supervision

The educational program shall verify the name of the supervisor, the names and number of students being supervised, the locations where the fieldwork is being performed and the dates and level of fieldwork.

One contact hour per student for serving as a supervisor for level I fieldwork.

    

Three (3) contact hours per student for serving as a supervisor for level II fieldwork.

Up to a maximum aggregate of twelve (12) contact hours per biennium

Professional Writing

Acceptable documentation of professional writing consists of a copy of the editor’s or publisher’s acceptance letter and a copy of the article, chapter or the cover page of the book including the title, author, source and date of publication, and editor.

Fifteen (15) contact hours for writing a book.

Ten (10) contact hours for writing a chapter in a book.

Ten (10) contact hours for writing an article published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Five (5) contact hours for writing an article published in a non-peer-reviewed journal, magazine, newsletter or other publication.

Up to a maximum aggregate of fifteen (15) per biennium, for professional writing.

Editing

Acceptable documentation of editing activities consists of the following:

       (A)   For editing a book, a copy of the editor’s or publisher’s acceptance letter and the cover page of the book including the title, author, source and date of publication, and editor.

       (B)   For serving as a reviewer, a copy of a letter from the editor acknowledging the number of articles reviewed.

 A maximum of ten (10) contact hours may be earned for editing a book relevant to occupational therapy.

       

A maximum of six (6) contact hours per biennium may be earned for serving as a reviewer for a professional journal, provided that only 1 contact hour may be accrued for each article reviewed.

Up to a maximum aggregate of fifteen (15) per biennium, for editing.

Presentation and Instruction

Credit will not be awarded for presentations or instruction when the activities are within the presenter’s/instructor’s employment role

The provider shall provide a copy of the official program, schedule or syllabus including presentation title, date, hours of presentation/instruction and attestation by the provider.

An occupational therapist may earn two (2) contact hours for each 60-minute oral or poster presentation or instruction related to occupational therapy.

Up to a maximum aggregate of twelve (12) per biennium.

Credit will only be awarded one time per biennium for each presentation/instruction regardless of the number of times the material is presented.

Unpaid Service

Credit will not be awarded for administrative services performed, even if part of the unpaid service.

Acceptable documentation of unpaid service consists of a letter on organization letterhead from the president or executive director attesting to and outlining the unpaid service completed.

One contact hour, up to a maximum aggregate of twelve (12) contact hours per biennium, for every five (5) hours of unpaid service.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

The Board has pre-approved educational courses provided, co-provided or approved by the following entities:

    • A National, international or state-level occupational therapy association.
    • The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Approved Provider Program.
    • American Society of Hand Therapists.
    • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.
    • Department of Education.
    • An accredited college or university or post-secondary vocational technical school or institution.
    • Federal or State government programs related to health care.
    • A provider approved by another health licensing board within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs or another State licensure board.
    • National and State professional health care organizations.
    • National and State professional education organizations.
    • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
  • Case Management Society of America.

    What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

    Contact hours will not be awarded for activities related to marketing, office management, financial gain or self-promotion.

    What are the reporting requirements?

    A provider of a continued competency activity shall furnish to each participant documentation, signed by the provider, which includes the following, unless otherwise directed:

    • The name of the participant, provider and instructor.
    • The title, date and location of the activity.
    • The number of contact hours awarded.

    An occupational therapist shall:

    • Prepare a professional continued competence portfolio for each biennial period and retain it for four (4) years following the last day of the biennial period during which the continued competency activities were completed.
    • Verify completion of the required contact hours of continued competency activities when the license is renewed. An occupational therapist who has not completed the required hours of continued competency activities will not be eligible for renewal until the hours are completed, unless a waiver or extension has been granted.
    • Provide a copy of the professional continued competence portfolio to the Board within 30 days of notification of an audit.

    Waiver

    The Board may waive all or part of the continued competency activity requirements in the case of a serious illness, injury or emergency which prevents a licensee from completing the continued competency requirements.

    An occupational therapist seeking a waiver shall submit a written request for a waiver and provide documentary evidence to the satisfaction of the Board of the serious illness, injury or emergency which would preclude the completion of the continued competency requirements.

    Citation

    49 Pa. Code § 42.52

    49 Pa. Code § 42.53

    49 Pa. Code § 42.55

    49 Pa. Code § 42.56

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