Chapter 4755-9 Continuing Education
(A) Pursuant to division (C) of section 4755.06 of the Revised Code, no person shall qualify for licensure renewal as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant unless the licensee has shown to the satisfaction of the occupational therapy section that the licensee has completed twenty contact hours of continuing education activities within the two year renewal cycle.
(1) If the license was valid for a period of twelve months or less, the licensee shall complete ten contact hours of continuing education within the renewal cycle, including one contact hour of ethics pursuant to paragraph (A)(5) of this rule. The category limits contained in paragraph (B) of this rule do not apply if the license was valid for twelve months or less.
(2) Any person who obtains an initial license by examination in Ohio pursuant to paragraph (C) of rule 4755-3-01 of the Administrative Code within twelve months of graduation from an entry level occupational therapy/occupational therapy assistant program is not required to obtain any continuing education units for the first renewal.
(3) 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.
(4) All continuing education activities must be earned in the two 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.
(5) Licensees shall complete at least one contact hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence education per renewal cycle. The one hour ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence requirement may be fulfilled by completing an acceptable activity outlined in paragraph (B) of this rule that contains at least one 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.
(B) Acceptable continuing education activities may include:
(1) Attending professional workshops, seminars, and/or conferences. There is no limit of contact hours in this category.
(a) 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:
(i) It contributes directly to professional competency;
(ii) It relates directly to the clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy practitioners; and
(iii) It is conducted by individuals who have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter of the program.
(b) Prior approval from the section is not required if paragraphs (B)(1)(a)(i) to (B)(1)(a)(iii) of this rule have been met.
(c) Proof of content shall be demonstrated by the original workshop or conference brochure, agenda, notes, or materials given to participants during the presentations.
(d) 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.
(2) Presentations of occupational therapy programs, workshops, or seminars. 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 education of occupational therapy practitioners. Two contact hours will be awarded for each hour of presentation. A maximum of eight contact hours may be earned in this category. Proof of presentation is the workshop, conference, or seminar contract, or the brochure, agenda, or other printed materials describing content and audience. Continuing education credit will not be awarded for subsequent presentations of the same material.
(3) Preparation to teach a clinical course in occupational therapy. The course must be taught in an occupational therapy program accredited by the accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE). Credit will only be awarded for preparation for a new course or substantive changes to an existing course. One contact hour will be awarded for each hour of preparation. A maximum of eight contact hours may be earned in this category. Proof of presentation is the course syllabus or other printed materials describing the content and goals of the course.
(4) Publications of books, articles, or films related to clinical practice, management, or education of occupational therapy. A maximum of five contact hours for each published article, ten contact hours for a published book, five contact hours for a chapter in a book, and ten contact hours for a film may be earned in these categories. Co-authorship is acceptable. The item must be published within the current renewal cycle. Proof of completion is the published article, title page of the book, or film.
(5) Undergraduate or graduate courses. A maximum of ten contact hours may be earned per completed course. Courses must be related to the management, practice, or education of occupational therapy. 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. Proof of content is the catalog description. There is no limit of contact hours in this category.
(6) Supervision of fieldwork. Continuing education credit can be earned by supervising level II students. One contact hour may be earned for every eighty hours of student supervision completed, with a maximum of eight contact hours per renewal cycle. Proof of student supervision will be a certificate of supervision from the student's school or the student's completed evaluation form.
(7) Self-study. 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. There is no limit of contact hours in this category. Proof of completion is the certificate of completion and/or a copy of the post test results.
(8) Distance learning. 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. The agenda and certificate of participation are required to verify completion. There is no limit of contact hours in this category.
(9) Apprenticeships. Supervised clinical experience aimed at developing specialized skills in occupational therapy is acceptable. Five contact hours shall be credited for each forty hour week. There is no limit to the amount of contact hours that can be earned under this category. 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.
Apprenticeships must be served under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist whose license is in good standing and who has demonstrated expertise in the practice of occupational therapy or other individuals who have demonstrated expertise in specialized techniques as approved by the occupational therapy section.
(10) Research projects. A maximum of ten contact hours may be earned in this category. 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. Proof of completion is the published article or unpublished manuscript.
(11) Informal independent study. One contact hour will be given for 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. 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. One hour will be awarded for each chapter/article. A maximum of four contact hours may be earned in this category per renewal cycle.
(12) Jurisprudence examination. One contact hour may be earned for completing and passing the Ohio occupational therapy jurisprudence examination. This contact hour may be utilized only once per renewal cycle for continuing education credit. Proof of completion is the graded examination. This contact hour may be used to fulfill the ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence requirement established in paragraph (A)(5) of this rule.
(13) Mentorship. 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. One contact hour may be earned for every eighty hours of mentorship completed, with a maximum of four contact hours per renewal cycle. 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. Faculty members mentoring students enrolled in the faculty member's own program are not eligible for continuing education credit for mentorship.
(C) The occupational therapy section shall conduct an audit of the continuing education records of not less than five per cent of the licensees each renewal year.
(1) 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 of paragraph (A) of this rule.
(2) 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.
(3) Failure to respond to or acknowledge receipt of an audit notice will result in the commencement of disciplinary action.
(D) An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant license shall not be renewed unless the licensee certifies that the individual completed the required number of continuing education hours specified in paragraph (A) of this rule.
A licensee who falsifies a renewal application may be disciplined by the occupational therapy section for violating section 4755.11 of the Revised Code.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2013 and 03/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.06
Rule Amplifies: 4755.06 , 4755.10
Prior Effective Dates: 1/12/96, 8/21/00, 9/12/01, 7/1/04, 5/1/05, 5/1/06, 5/1/07, 5/1/08, 5/1/09, 7/1/10, 5/1/11, 5/1/12
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.
(A) 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 1 of the renewal year.
(B) 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 1 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.
(C) The deadlines in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule may be waived at the discretion of the occupational therapy section.