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Tennessee OT Continuing Education

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

Occupational Therapists: Twenty-four (24) credits

OTAs: Twenty-four (24) credits

How long is the reporting period?

The Board shall require each licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant to participate in a minimum number of activities to promote continued competence for the two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December 31) that precede the licensure renewal year (a.k.a. biennium).

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

A maximum of four (4) continued competence credits achieved during the two (2) calendar year period that are in excess of the twenty-four (24) credit requirement may be used to partially complete the requirement for the subsequent two (2) calendar year period.

The subjects of any continued competence credits used to partially complete the requirement for the subsequent two (2) calendar year period shall not pertain to:

    • The AOTA Code of Ethics; or
    • The occupational therapy portions of T.C.A. §§ 63-13-101, et seq., the Tennessee Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice Act; or
    • Chapter 1150-02, General Rules Governing the Practice of Occupational Therapy

Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?

Twelve (12) of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services.

One (1) hour of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits shall pertain to the AOTA Code of Ethics or other ethics related continued competence activities which have implications for the practice of occupational therapy.

One (1) hour of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits shall pertain to the occupational therapy portions of T.C.A. §§ 63-13-101, et seq., the Tennessee Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice Act, and shall pertain to Chapter 1150-02, General Rules Governing the Practice of Occupational Therapy.

Ten (10) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits may pertain to the licensee’s current or anticipated professional role or may be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services.

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

Activity

Credits Earned

Maximum

Documentation

Volunteer Services to organizations, populations, individuals, that advance the reliance on the use of one’s OT skills and experiences. This excludes holding any elected or appointed offices.

5 Hours Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Verification letter from organizations. Describe outcomes of volunteer service provided.

Attending workshops, seminars, lectures, professional conferences offered by approved providers such as TOTA, AOTA, AMA, ASHA, APTA, state OT associations and regulatory boards, IACET, or a 3rd party entity that reviews and approves the course and provider.

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

24 Credits

Certificates of attendance or letter from sponsor of course.

Attending workshops, seminars, lectures, professional conferences by other providers.

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Certificates of attendance or letter from sponsor.

Attending employer-provided continuing education.

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Attendance records or certificates with name, date of course. (Attending OSHA, CPR & Safety Courses required for maintaining employment are not acceptable.)

Attaining an OT specialty or board certification (i.e., Certified Hand Therapist.)

10 Credits

20 Credits

Award of certification within the renewal cycle.

Making professional presentations at state, national or international workshops, seminars, and conferences.

1 Hour Equals 2 Credits

20 Credits

Copy of presentation, or program listing.

Panel and/or poster presentations for state, national, or international workshops, seminars, and conferences.

1 Presentation Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Copy of presentation, or program listing.

Publication of an OT article in non-peer-reviewed publication (e.g., OT Practice, SIS Quarterly, Advance, Community Newsletters, etc.)

1 Article Equals 5 Credits

20 Credits

Copy of publication.

Publication of article in peer-reviewed professional publication (e.g., journals, book chapter, research paper)

1 Article Equals 10 Credits

20 Credits

Copy of publication.

Publication of chapter (s) in occupational therapy or related professional textbook.

1 Chapter Equals 10 Credits

20 Credits

Copy of text and original letter from editor.

Mentoring a licensed OT colleague to improve the skills of the protégé. (Mentor must be currently licensed).

10 Hours Equals 2 Credits

12 Credits

Goals and objectives, analysis of protégé performance.

Mentoring other professionals in good standing to improve the skills of the protégé. (Mentor must be currently licensed.)

10 Hours Equals 2 Credits

12 Credits

Goals and objectives, analysis of protégé performance.

Mentoring with other professionals in good standing to improve the skills of the protégé. (Protégé must be currently licensed.)

10 Hours Equals 2 Credits

12 Credits

Goals and objectives established in collaboration with the mentor and self-analysis of performance.

Reflective occupational therapy practice in collaboration with an advanced licensed OT colleague to improve one’s skill level.

10 Hours Equals 2 Credits

12 Credits

Verification of skills obtained. Evaluation experience. Analysis of learning.

Guest lecturer, teaching OT related academic course per semester (must not be one’s primary role). For one time lecture use presentation value,.

1 College Credit Hour Equals 6 Credits

20 Credits

Date, lecture or academic course title, name of institution, original letter from instructor regarding time spent in classroom, and course/lecture goals and objectives.

Independent reading peer-reviewed, role-related professional articles/chapters in textbook, and writing a report describing the implications for improving skills in one’s specific role. Current copyright on textbook edition, which should not exceed 5 years at time of licensure renewal. Textbooks required to be read for academic courses or audit courses are not allowed.

5 Articles and / or Chapters Equal 1 Credit

12 Credits

Annotated bibliography and analysis of how articles impacted improving skills in one’s role.

Providing professional in-service training and/or instruction for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and related professionals.

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

In-Service training attendance records, goals, and objectives with verification letter from supervisor.

Making presentations for local organizations/associations/groups on OT related topic. (e.g., energy conservation, back care and prevention of injury.)

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Date and location of presentation, copy of presentation or program listing; organization’s contact person.

Level I fieldwork direct supervision OT or OTA (Not one’s primary employment role.)

1 Credit per Student Supervised

12 Credits (A licensee may not receive more than 12 Credits for fieldwork supervision total.)

Documentation required, name of student(s), letter of verification from school, dates of fieldwork. Cosupervision is acceptable; maintain dates & times when acting as primary student supervisor. Apply appropriate credits based on time spent supervising.

Level II fieldwork direct supervision OT or OTA (Not one’s primary employment role.)

1 Credit per each week of supervision, per student supervised

12 Credits (A licensee may not receive more than 12 Credits for fieldwork supervision total.)

Documentation required, name of student(s), letter of verification from school, dated of fieldwork. Co supervision is acceptable; maintain dates & times when acting as primary student supervisor. Apply appropriate credits based on time spent supervising.

Professional manuscript review (editing) for journals or textbooks.

5 Hours Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

Letter from publishing organization, verifying time spent.

Formal academic coursework.

1 Credit Hour per Semester Equals 10 Credits

20 Credits

Official transcript from an accredited educational institution.

Auditing formal academic coursework.

15 Clock Hours Equals 2 Credits

12 Credits

Original letter from instructor regarding time in class or labs at accredited schools. Report by OT/OTA on learning objectives accomplished.

Professional study group/online study group designed to advance knowledge through active participation.

3 Hours Equals 1 Credit

20 Credits

Group attendance records; study group goals; analysis of goal attainment and learning.

Outcomes of self-assessment and professional development plan.

2 Credits for Self-Assessment and Professional Development Plan

2 Credits

Acceptable documents include a completed formal self-assessment and professional development plan describing how goals were met and how they impacted competence and skills.

Extensive scholarly research activities, or extensive outcome studies (defined as research associated with, e.g., grants, post graduate studies, peer reviewed journals)

10 Credits

20 Credits

Grant funding number, abstract, executive summary and/or copies of the completed research/studies.

Collaborative or Clinical Research activities.

5 Credits

10 Credits

Executive summary and/or copies of the completed research studies or letter of verification from senior researcher or supervisor.

Fellowship Training in specific area.

10 Credits (Minimum 12 Weeks)

12 Credits

Certificate awarded from sponsoring organization to include dates and learning objectives.

Independent learning/study (e.g., CE articles, video, audio, and/or online courses.)

2 Hours Equals 1 Credit

12 Credits

CEUs, certificate of completion and # of contact hours awarded.

External self-study series.

1 Hour Equals 1 Credit

20 Credits

Certificate of completion.

Development of instructional materials using alternative media such as: video, audio and/or software programs to advance professional skills of others (not for proprietary use).

5 Credits

12 Credits

Program description and media/software materials available if requested during validation process.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Approved Continued Competence Activity Providers:

    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • American Nurses Association (ANA)
    • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and AOTA approved providers
    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
    • International Association of Continuing Education (IACET)
    • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
    • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)
    • State occupational therapy associations
    • State occupational therapy regulatory agencies
    • Accredited colleges and universities

The Board does not pre-approve continued competence activities. It is the responsibility of the licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistant to use his/her professional judgment in determining whether or not the activities are applicable and appropriate to his/her professional development and meet the standards specified in these rules.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

Attending OSHA, CPR & Safety Courses required for maintaining employment are not acceptable.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Each licensee must retain documentation of completion of all continued competence requirements of this rule for a period of five (5) years from when the requirements were completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the Board during its verification process.

Waiver

The Board, in cases of documented illness, disability, or other undue hardship, may waive the continued competence requirements and/or extend the deadline to complete continued competence requirements. To be considered for a waiver of continued competence requirements, or for an extension of the deadline to complete the continued competence requirements, a licensee must request such in writing with supporting documentation before the end of the two (2) year period in which the continued competence requirements were not met.

Audit

The licensee must, within forty-five (45) days of receipt of a request from the Board, provide evidence of continued competence activities.

Citation

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.12

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