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Texas Occupational Therapy Temporary License

Who is eligible for a temporary license?

To be issued a temporary license, the applicant must:

    • Meet all provisions of §364.1 (relating to Requirements for a License);
    • Meet all provisions of §364.2 (relating to License by Examination);
    • Submit the Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine form from NBCOT, which must be sent directly to the Board by NBCOT and which reflects the 90 day window in which the applicant will take the examination;
    • Submit a copy of the receipt showing that an NBCOT score report has been ordered for the Board;
    • Submit a signed verification of supervision on a form prescribed by the Board; and
    • Send the Board the non-refundable temporary license fee as set by the Executive Council.

Supervision of an occupational therapy assistant with a temporary license

A temporary licensee works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist who holds a regular license and whose name, license number, and employer information are on file on the Board's Supervision of a Temporary Licensee form.

All documentation completed by an individual holding a temporary license which becomes part of the client’s permanent file must be approved and co-signed by one of the supervising occupational therapist(s).

On-the-Premises Supervision: When providing occupational therapy services, a temporary licensee must have supervision by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who is on the premises and holds a regular license.

The temporary licensee must complete supervision hours each month, which must be recorded on the Supervision Log.

Supervision of an occupational therapist with a temporary license

On-the-Premises Supervision: When providing occupational therapy services, a temporary licensee must have supervision by an occupational therapist who is on the premises and holds a regular license.

The temporary licensee must receive supervision each month, which must be recorded on the Temporary Occupational Therapist Licensee Supervision Record. The Supervision Record is kept by the temporary licensee and signed by the occupational therapist(s) when supervision is given. The occupational therapist(s) or employer may request a copy of the Supervision Record.

The temporary licensee is required to complete the following supervision requirements for each employer:

    • Frequent communication between the supervising occupational therapist(s) and temporary licensee including, but not limited to, communication by electronic/communications technology methods, written report, and conference, including review of progress of clients assigned, plus
    • Interactive encounters twice a month during which the occupational therapist, who is physically present with the temporary licensee, directly observes the temporary licensee providing services to one or more clients.

How long does the temporary permit last?

A temporary license shall be valid no longer than 180 days.

What happens if the applicant fails the exam?

If the applicant fails the examination, fails to take the examination during the 90 day window as stated on the Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine form from NBCOT, or fails to have the score reported, the temporary license is void and must be returned to the Board. An additional temporary license will not be issued.

Reference

Tex. Occ. Code § 454.211

3 Tex. Admin. Code §373.2


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