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Chapter 4755-3 | Licensing, Examination, Education, and Training

 
 
 
Rule
Rule 4755-3-01 | Applications for initial licensure.
 

(A) To receive a license to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, an applicant must be at least eighteen years of age.

(B) All applications for initial licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant must be submitted to the occupational therapy section on the forms provided by the section. All applications, statements, and other documents so submitted are retained by the section.

(C) Applications must be:

(1) Submitted electronically via the Ohio elicense system or its successor electronic licensing system;

(2) Electronically signed via the elicense system;

(3) Accompanied by the fee prescribed by paragraph (A) of rule 4755-5-01 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application.

(D) An applicant for initial licensure by examination must:

(1) Have completed an occupational therapy program accredited by the accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE) of the American occupational therapy association (AOTA) or submit evidence satisfactory to the section that the applicant completed an educational program substantially equivalent to the requirements established in rule 4755-3-03 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Have passed the certification examination administered by the national board for certification in occupational therapy, inc. (NBCOT); and

(3) Not be licensed or ever been licensed in any state or territory of the United States as an:

(a) Occupational therapist to apply for initial licensure by examination as an occupational therapist; or

(b) Occupational therapy assistant to apply for initial licensure by examination as an occupational therapy assistant.

(E) In addition to the requirements contained in paragraph (D) of this rule, applicants for an initial license by examination who graduated from their entry-level occupational therapy program five or more years prior to the date they apply to the section for licensure by examination may be subject to additional requirements including, but not limited to:

(1) Submission of proof of completion of twenty hours of continuing education within the two year period immediately preceding the date the application is submitted;

(2) Competency-based performance appraisals;

(3) Mentorship;

(4) Professional development plan;

(5) Extended coursework; and

(6) Retaking and passing the NBCOT certification examination.

(F) An applicant for initial licensure by endorsement must:

(1) Meet the requirements established in paragraphs (D)(1) and (D)(2) of this rule; and

(2) Hold a current, valid license to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state or United States territory or possess current, valid certification from NBCOT.

(G) In addition to the requirements contained in paragraph (F) of this rule, applicants for an initial license by endorsement who have not engaged in the practice of occupational therapy for more than five years prior to the date they apply to the section for licensure by endorsement may be subject to additional requirements including, but not limited to:

(1) Submission of proof of completion of twenty hours of continuing education within the two year period immediately preceding the date the application is submitted;

(2) Professional development plan;

(3) Extended coursework;

(4) Retaking and passing the NBCOT certification examination;

(5) Mentorship; and

(6) Competency-based performance appraisals.

(H) In addition to the other requirements of this rule, a foreign educated applicant must:

(1) Complete an education credentials review from an entity approved by the section to be used by the section to determine if the applicant's foreign education was substantially equivalent to an accredited occupational therapy program in the United States, Puerto Rico, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. People whose initial certification by NBCOT is on or after January 1, 2004 are not required to meet this provision;

(2) Demonstrate that the person met the requirements to practice occupational therapy in the country of education and evidence of eligible licensure and/or certification credentialing in that country; and

(3) Demonstrate a working knowledge of English by obtaining:

(a) Scores of at least:

(i) 4.5 on the test of written English (TWE);

(ii) Fifty on the test of spoken English (TSE); and

(iii) Two hundred twenty on the computer based test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) or five hundred sixty on the paper based TOEFL; or

(b) Scores on the TOEFL iBT of at least:

(i) Twenty-four on the writing section;

(ii) Twenty -six on the speaking section;

(iii) Twenty-one on the reading section;

(iv) Eighteen on the listening comprehension section; and

(v) Eighty-nine on the overall examination.

(I) For the purposes of filing an electronic application via the elicense system, the applicant will create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the person who created it. The "UserID" and password will constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(J) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing must be considered to be abandoned and no further processing will be undertaken with respect to that application.

(1) If the application process extends for a period longer than one year, the board may require updated information as it deems necessary.

(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board.

(3) Submitted fees are neither refundable nor transferable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.07, 4755.08
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 10/17/1977, 8/23/1982, 3/20/1998, 5/1/2008, 10/19/2018
Rule 4755-3-02 | Certificate of license; display; copies.
 

(A) Each applicant who is approved for licensure shall electronically receive a certificate of licensure for office display upon initial approval. Additional copies of the certificate shall be made available to license holders as prescribed in the rules of the occupational therapy section.

(B) The occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant shall display the original license certificate at their principal place of business and all locations of service delivery. Display of the original license certificate includes the ability to show the copy that is available through Ohio eLicense. (http://elicense.ohio.gov).

(C) Verification of current licensure can be obtained from the Ohio eLicense verification page (http://elicense.ohio.gov).

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.08
Five Year Review Date: 8/2/2023
Rule 4755-3-03 | Educational requirements.
 

(A) The education requirements described in divisions (B) and (C) of section 4755.07 of the Revised Code shall be satisfied by completion of an entry-level education program accredited by the accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE) of the American occupational therapy association. Occupational therapy programs which have not been accredited by (ACOTE) will be accepted provided program equivalency has been established by a recognized educational credentialing body approved by the section.

(B) In accordance with the provision of the second paragraph of section 4755.09 of the Revised Code, the section may waive the educational requirements specified in paragraph (A) of this rule on the basis of job experience if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The applicant passed the NBCOT certification examination.

(2) The applicant for licensure engaged in the active practice of occupational therapy as a licensed occupational therapist in another state, or if the experience occurred in a state not requiring licensure, as an occupational therapist certified by NBCOT, for a period of no less than five years immediately proceeding the date the application is submitted.

(3) The applicant's licensure and/or certification are active and without restriction.

(4) The applicant is foreign educated and meets the requirements of paragraph (E) of rule 4755-3-01 of the Administrative Code in addition to all other applicable paragraphs of rule 4755-3-01 of the Administrative Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.07, 4755.09
Five Year Review Date: 8/2/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 10/17/1977
Rule 4755-3-04 | Examination requirements.
 

(A) An applicant shall have satisfied the examination requirements of the occupational therapy section if he/she passed the certification examination of the national board for certification in occupational therapy for occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

(B) Examination may be waived for any person who was certified as an occupational therapy assistant by the "American Occupational Therapy Association" prior to August 27, 1976.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By:
Amplifies:
Five Year Review Date:
Prior Effective Dates: 10/17/1977, 8/23/1982, 5/15/1991
Rule 4755-3-05 | Escrow of license; restoration.
 

(A) A person whose license is in escrow may renew a license in escrow for no more than two consecutive renewal periods after putting a license in escrow. At the time of the third consecutive renewal period, the person shall either restore the license in accordance with the provisions of this rule or let the license expire. If the license expires, the indivdiual shall submit a reinstatement application in accordance with rule 4755-3-12 of the Administrative Code to return to active practice in the state of Ohio.

(B) A person whose license is in escrow may request a return to active status at any time by submitting a restoration application to the section. Applications shall be:

(1) Submitted electronically via the Ohio e-license system;

(2) Electronically signed via the Ohio e-license system;

(3) Accompanied by the fee prescribed by rule 4755-5-09 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application; and

(5) Contain proof that the applicant completed at least twenty contact hours of continuing education in accordance with rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code within the two year period immediately preceding the application for restoration. Contact hours used to meet the requirements of this paragraph shall not be used to renew the restored license.

(a) At least one contact hour shall be in ethics education pursuant to paragraph (A)(5) of rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code.

(b) For restored licenses valid for less than twelve months, a license holder shall complete at least ten contact hours of continuing education prior to the expiration of the restored license. The category limits contained in paragraph (B) of rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code do not apply if the restored license was valid for twelve months or less.

(c) For restored licenses valid for twelve months or more, a license holder shall complete at least twenty contact hours of continuing education prior to the expiration of the restored license.

(C) All persons seeking restoration of a license in escrow shall pass the Ohio occupational therapy jurisprudence examination.

(D) In addition to the requirements contained in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule, applicants for restoration of an escrowed license who have not engaged in the practice of occupational therapy for more than five years prior to the date the person applies to the section for escrow restoration may be subject to additional requirements outlined by the occupational therapy section. The section may consider, but is not limited to, the following additional requirements:

(1) Additional continuing education;

(2) Competency-based performance appraisals;

(3) Mentorship;

(4) Professional development plan;

(5) Extended coursework; and

(6) Retaking and passing the NBCOT certification examination.

(E) For the purposes of filing an electronic application via the Ohio e-license system, the applicant will create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password provided by the board is solely the responsibility of the person who created it. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(F) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing shall be considered to be abandoned and no further processing shall be undertaken with respect to that application.

(1) If the application process extends for a period longer than one year, the board may require updated information as it deems necessary.

(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board.

(3) Submitted fees shall be neither refundable nor transferable.

(G) If an escrowed license is restored between January first and March thirty-first of the year the escrowed license expires, the restored license will expire on June thirtieth of that year.

(H) If an escrowed license is restored between April first and April thirtieth of the year the escrowed license expires, the restored license will expire on June thirtieth of the following expiration year.

(I) If a completed restoration application is not received by April thirtieth of the expiration year, the escrow license holder shall renew in escrow status and submit a restoration application, which will not be reviewed prior to July first. Failure to renew in escrow status will lead to the expiration of the license on June thirtieth and the license holder would be subject to the reinstatement requirements contained in rule 4755-3-12 of the Administrative Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.07
Five Year Review Date: 4/1/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2005
Rule 4755-3-06 | Denial, suspension or revocation of license.
 

(A) Denial of an application for licensure or any proposed action against a license shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(1) Pursuant to section 119.07 of the Revised Code, a request for an administrative hearing on the proposed action shall be received by the occupational therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing.

(2) If a request for an administrative hearing is not received by the occupational therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing, the section, upon consideration of the charges cited, may take appropriate action in the absence of the applicant or license holder.

(3) Pursuant to section 4755.031 of the Revised Code, a person sanctioned under section 4755.11 of the Revised Code shall pay a fee in the amount of the actual cost of the administrative hearing, including the cost of the court reporter, the hearing officer, transcripts, and any witness fees for lodging and travel.

(B) The occupational therapy section may deny, suspend, or revoke the license of any person or reprimand, fine, or place a license holder on probation for violation of any provision of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code or any lawful order or rule of the section.

(C) If the physical or mental condition of a license holder is at issue in a disciplinary proceeding, the occupational therapy section may order the license holder to submit to reasonable examinations by a health care practitioner designated or approved by the section at the cost of the license holder.

(D) In the event the license of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant is suspended or revoked by the occupational therapy section pursuant to violation of any provision of sections 4755.04 to 4755.13 of the Revised Code or violation of any lawful order or rule of the occupational therapy section, the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant shall, upon receipt of the final order of the occupational therapy section, immediately surrender to the board office all evidence of the person's license, including the wall certificate.

Any photocopies of the wall certificate maintained in offices of employment shall be retrieved by the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant and destroyed.

This rule shall apply in the case of consent agreements, which may result in the voluntary surrender of a license by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

(E) In accordance with division (D) of section 4755.11 of the Revised Code, if the occupational therapy section determines that a license holder poses an immediate threat to the public, the section shall immediately suspend the license of the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant prior to holding a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. If the license holder fails to make a timely request for an adjudication under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the section shall enter a final order permanently revoking the person's license.

(F) The hearings and investigations related to sections 4755.04 to 4755.13 of the Revised Code shall be considered civil actions for the purposes of section 3123.43 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding section 121.22 of the Revised Code, proceedings of the occupational therapy section relative to the investigation of a complaint or the determination whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code allegedly occurred are confidential and are not subject to discovery in any civil action.

(G) If requested by the occupational therapy section, the prosecuting attorney of a county, the village solicitor, or the city director of law of a municipal corporation, whenever a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code allegedly occurs, shall take charge of and conduct the prosecution.

(H) In addition to any other remedy provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the occupational therapy section may request the attorney general or an appropriate prosecuting attorney to apply to an appropriate court for an order enjoining the violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code. On a showing that a person has violated or is about to violate Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the court shall grant an injunction, restraining order, or other order as appropriate. The injunction proceedings are in addition to all penalties and other remedies provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.11
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 4/25/2003, 5/1/2005, 5/1/2011, 5/1/2012
Rule 4755-3-07 | Reinstatement or reconsideration of denial of license.
 

(A) A person whose license is revoked or denied under the provisions of section 4755.11 of the Revised Code may, after one year from the date of revocation or denial, apply for reinstatement of license or reconsideration of denial of license subject to examination prescribed by the rules of the section.

(B) In evaluating an application for reinstatement of license or reconsideration of denial of license, the occupational therapy section shall consider the following:

(1) The nature and severity of the acts which resulted in revocation or denial of license;

(2) The time elapsed since the commission of the acts;

(3) Possible additional violations occurring after the revocation or denial;

(4) Compliance with previous orders of the occupational therapy section; and,

(5) Any evidence of rehabilitation which the applicant may submit to the section.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.10, 4755.11
Five Year Review Date: 8/2/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 10/17/1977, 8/23/1982
Rule 4755-3-08 | Notice of change of name, place of employment, e-mail, and mailing address.
 

(A) A license holder shall notify the occupational therapy section of any change of name, place of business or employment, e-mail address or mailing address within thirty days after the change.

(B) Notification may be made electronically by logging into the elicense system.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.06
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 10/17/1977, 8/23/1982, 4/25/2003
Rule 4755-3-09 | Active practice defined.
 

(A) In accordance with section 4755.05 of the Revised Code, only persons licensed by the occupational therapy section of the board shall practice or offer to practice occupational therapy.

(B) The practice of occupational therapy, as used in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, means engaging in occupational therapy, as defined in division (A) of section 4755.04 of the Revised Code.

(C) As used in Chapter 4755-3 of the Administrative Code, "not engaged in the practice of occupational therapy for more than five years" means being actively engaged in the practice of occupational therapy for fewer than two hundred fifty hours over the five year period prior to the date the applicant submits the endorsement, reinstatement, or restoration application.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.04
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2014
Rule 4755-3-10 | Biennial renewal of license.
 

(A) Renewal of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant license shall be in accordance with section 4755.10 of the Revised Code.

(1) The entire licensure renewal application, including any required forms, compliance with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code, and payment of the renewal fee prescribed by rule 4755-5-05 of the Administrative Code, shall be completed to satisfy the requirements of the renewal procedure.

(2) The licensure renewal notice shall be sent to the address on file with the board.

(B) All persons 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.

(C) All persons 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.

(D) Persons who fail to submit the renewal fee, completed application, any other required information, and/or comply with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code by the thirtieth day of June of the appropriate year shall have their license automatically expire.

(1) A license holder whose license expires for failure to renew shall submit a reinstatement application in accordance with rule 4755-3-12 of the Administrative Code. The occupational therapy section shall approve the reinstatement application before the person may legally practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in Ohio.

(2) A license holder who continues to practice occupational therapy with an expired license shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 4755.11 of the Revised Code.

(E) For the purposes of filing an electronic renewal application via the elicense system, the applicant shall create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the license holder who created it. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.10
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 9/10/2007, 7/1/2015
Rule 4755-3-12 | Application for reinstatement.
 

(A) Pursuant to rule 4755-3-10 of the Administrative Code, the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant license of an person who fails to comply with the renewal requirements shall automatically expire on the thirtieth day of June of the appropriate year.

(B) All applicants for reinstatement shall submit a completed application on the forms specified by the section. All applications shall be:

(1) Submitted electronically via the elicense system;

(2) Electronically signed via the elicense system;

(3) Contain the fee prescribed by rule 4755-5-08 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Be accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application; and

(5) Contain proof that the applicant met the appropriate continuing education requirement:

(a) For reinstatement applications submitted on or after August first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant shall complete twenty contact hours of continuing education in accordance with rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code within the two year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement. Contact hours used to meet the requirements of this paragraph shall not be used to renew the reinstated license; or

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (D)(1)(a) of this rule, for reinstatement applications submitted before August first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant shall complete the number of contact hours of continuing education that were required to renew the expired license. All contact hours used to reinstate the license shall be earned in accordance with rule 4755-9-01 of the Administrative Code. Contact hours used to meet the requirements of this paragraph shall not be used to renew the reinstated license.

(C) All applications, statements, and other documents so submitted shall be retained by the section.

(D) Reinstatement is required for any occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant whose Ohio occupational therapy/occupational therapy assistant license has expired. The provisions for reinstatement/return to practice are as follows:

(1) Applicants out of practice for zero to five years shall:

(a) Provide proof of completion of twenty hours of continuing education within the two year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement; and

(b) Pass the Ohio occupational therapy jurisprudence examination.

(2) Applicants out of practice more than five years:

(a) Shall provide proof of completion of twenty hours of continuing education within the two year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement.

(b) Shall pass the Ohio occupational therapy jurisprudence examination.

(c) May be subject to additional requirements outlined by the occupational therapy section.

The occupational therapy section may consider, but is not limited to, the following additional requirements:

(i) Additional continuing education;

(ii) Competency-based performance appraisals;

(iii) Mentorship;

(iv) Professional development plan;

(v) Extended coursework; and

(vi) Retaking and passing the NBCOT certification examination.

(E) For the purposes of filing an electronic application via the elicense system, the applicant will create a "UserID" and password. The use of the "UserID" and password is solely the responsibility of the person to whom it is issued. The "UserID" and password shall constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(F) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing shall be considered to be abandoned and no further processing shall be undertaken with respect to that application.

(1) If the application process extends for a period longer than one year, the board may require updated information as it deems necessary.

(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board.

(3) Submitted fees shall be neither refundable nor transferable.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.06, 4755.10
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 3/20/1998, 5/1/2012
Rule 4755-3-13 | Verification of licensure.
 

(A) The occupational therapy section shall officially verify to another regulatory entity the status of an person's license to practice occupational therapy in the state of Ohio upon both of the following:

(1) Receipt of an official verification request submitted electronically via the elicense system

(2) Payment of the verification of license charge specified in rule 4755-5-07 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Official verification issued by the board shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) The license number and status of the license;

(2) Any disciplinary action taken against the license; and

(3) The initial issue date and expiration date of the license.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06
Amplifies: 4755.08
Five Year Review Date: 10/19/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 5/15/1991, 3/20/1998
Rule 4755-3-14 | Criminal records check.
 

(A) In addition to the requirements established in rule 4755-3-01 of the Administrative Code, all applicants for initial licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant shall submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4755.06 and 4755.70 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

(B) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name, address, and any other information required by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation for the purpose of completing the criminal records checks. The applicant shall cause the results of the criminal records checks to be forwarded to the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board at "77 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108."

(C) In the request, the applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(D) The occupational therapy section will only accept the results of a criminal records check that is submitted to the board directly by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in compliance with this rule.

(E) A criminal records check will not be required if the applicant has caused the results of a criminal records check to be filed with the board in accordance with the requirements of this rule within six months of the date that the board received the results of the criminal records check. A new criminal records check will be required if the applicant's criminal records check on file with the board is greater than six months old based on the date the board received the report.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4755.06, 4776.03
Amplifies: 4755.70
Five Year Review Date: 8/2/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2008
Rule 4755-3-15 | Military provisions related to licensure.
 

(A) Definitions.

(1) "Armed forces" means:

(a) The armed forces of the United States, including the army, navy, air force, marine corps, and coast guard;

(b) A reserve component of the armed forces listed in paragraph (A)(1)(a) of this rule;

(c) The national guard, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state;

(d) The commissioned corps of the United States public health service;

(e) The merchant marine service during wartime; or

(f) The Ohio organized militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty days.

(2) "Member" means any person who is serving in the armed forces.

(3) "Military duty" includes service in the uniformed services on active duty, in the active guard and reserve, and as a military technician dual status under 10 U.S.C. 10216.

(4) "Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, who has been discharged under honorable conditions or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.

(B) Temporary military licensure when the eligible person has a license in another state.

(1) In accordance with section 4743.041 of the Revised Code, a person who presents the following qualifications is eligible for a temporary military license to practice as a occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in Ohio.

(a) The person holds a valid license to practice as a occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant issued by another state;

(b) The person is in good standing in all states of licensure;

(c) The person presents adequate proof to the occupational therapy section that the person or the person's spouse is on military duty in the state of Ohio; and

(d) The person complies with the criminal records check requirements in section 4755.70 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check must be received by the board prior to the issuance of a military license to practice as a occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

(2) The occupational therapy section must abide by the timelines set forth in division (D) of section 4743.041 of the Revised Code in granting a temporary military license.

(3) An application for a temporary military license must include the following:

(a) Proof of either of the following:

(i) That the applicant is on military duty and is stationed in Ohio; or

(ii) That the applicant is married to a person on military duty who is stationed in Ohio.

(b) Proof that the applicant holds a valid unrestricted license to practice as a occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state;

(c) Attestation that the applicant has complied with the criminal records check in section 4755.70 of the Revised Code.

(d) Attestation that the applicant is aware that the temporary military license will be revoked in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code if:

(i) The person's licensed issued by another state expires or is revoked, or the person is not in good standing;

(ii) For a person who is a military spouse, six months have elapsed since the divorce, dissolution, or annulment of the marriage to a person on military duty;

(iii) The person is disqualified from obtaining a license because of a conviction, judicial finding of guilt, or plea of guilty to a disqualifying criminal offense specified on the list the board has made available pursuant to division (C) of section 9.78 of the Revised Code.

(4) A temporary military license expires six years after the date of issuance. A person may apply for a non-military license by endorsement while the temporary military license is active.

(5) The occupational therapy section must waive all fees associated with a temporary military license.

(6) A person holding a temporary military license must practice within the scope of practice for occupational therapy for the state of Ohio and may not exceed the person's education or training.

(C) Military programs of training which may be accepted for members of the military who do not have an out of state license.

In accordance with section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, the following military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service are substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an:

(1) Occupational therapist.

(a) Military programs of training.

There are no military programs of training that are substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an occupational therapist. A person serving in a military primary specialty listed in paragraph (C)(1)(b) of this rule must be a graduate of an occupational therapy program accredited by the accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE) to serve in that specialty.

(b) Military primary specialties.

(i) Army: occupational therapist (AOC 65A)

(ii) Navy: occupational therapy (NOBC 0874)

(iii) Air force: occupational therapist (AFSC 42T3)

(c) Lengths of service.

There are no minimal lengths of service that would be substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an occupational therapist.

(2) Occupational therapy assistant.

(a) Military programs of training.

The occupational therapy assistant program at the medical education and training campus at fort Sam Houston, Texas, is substantially equivalent to the educational requirements for licensure as an occupational therapy assistant.

(i) Army: school 083; course 303-68L10 (course 303-N3 prior to 2014).

(ii) Navy: school 083; course B-303-0152.

(b) Military primary specialties.

(i) Army: occupational therapy specialist (MOS 68L).

(ii) Navy: occupational therapy assistant (NEC HM-8467).

(c) Lengths of service.

There are no minimal lengths of service that would be substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an occupational therapy assistant.

(D) License renewal for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a license holder whose license expired due to the license holder's service in the armed forces is eligible for renewal of the expired license in accordance with section 4755.10 of the Revised Code and rules 4755-3-10 and 4755-5-05 of the Administrative Code, if the following conditions are met:

(a) The license holder presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the license holder was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;

(b) The license holder is not suffering a mental or physical illness, including physical deterioration that adversely affects cognitive, motor, or perception skills, that affect the license holder's ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care; and

(c) The license holder meets the requirements for license renewal required by section 4755.10 of the Revised Code and rules 4755-3-10 and 4755-5-05 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The provisions of paragraph (D) of this rule also apply if the license holder's spouse served in the armed forces and the spouse's service resulted in the license holder's absence from this state.

(E) Continuing education for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the provisions of this paragraph apply to a license holder who has been a member of the armed forces who has served on active duty for a period in excess of thirty-one days.

(2) A license holder who meets the provisions contained in paragraph (E)(1) of this rule may submit an application to the board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.

(a) The license holder must submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.

(b) Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board must extend the current continuing education reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the license holder spent on active duty during the current continuing education reporting period. Any portion of a month served must be considered one full month.

(F) Determining fulfillment of continuing education for active members of the military.

(1) In accordance with section 5903.121 of the Revised Code, the board must consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a license holder as a member of the armed forces in determining whether a license holder has met the continuing education requirements needed to renew the license.

(2) For the board to consider relevant education, training, or service completed by the license holder in accordance with paragraph (F) of this rule, the license holder must submit a request for consideration and documentation of the education, training, or service to the board at least ninety days prior to the expiration of the license.

(G) The application fee must be waived for an applicant who is a current member of the armed forces for the following application types:

(1) Initial licensure by examination, outlined in rule 4755-5-01 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Initial licensure by endorsement, outlined in rule 4755-5-01 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Reinstatement of an expired license, outlined in rule 4755-5-08 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) Restoration of a license in escrow, outlined in rule 4755-5-09 of the Administrative Code.

(H) Application process.

(1) The board's applications must include a question to identify if the applicant is a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces or veteran. This status must be stored in the licensing system.

(2) When the board receives an application from a person identified in paragraph (H)(1) of this rule, the processing of that application must be prioritized, with a goal of ensuring that a license is issued the same day that the application is complete.

Last updated April 8, 2021 at 12:20 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4743.041, 5903.03, 5903.04,
Amplifies: 4743.041, 5903.121, 5903.12 , 5903.10, 5903.03, 5903.04,
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/2014, 9/1/2014