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Chapter 4755-63 | Licensure; Educational Requirements

 
 
 
Rule
Rule 4755-63-01 | Applications for initial licensure by examination.
 

(A) Applications must 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 4755-66-01 of the Administrative Code; and

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

(B) 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 is solely the responsibility of the person to whom it is issued . 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.

(C) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing will 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(2) No application for licensure may be withdrawn without approval of the board. An applicant may request to withdraw an application by submitting a request through eLicense Ohio.

(3) Submitted fees are neither refundable nor transferable.

(D) The applicant seeking licensure under section 4779.09 of the Revised Code must:

(1) Submit an attestation that the applicant is at least eighteen years old, of good moral character, and meets the requirements of section 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, or 4779.13 of the Revised Code.

(2) Pass an examination approved by the board pursuant to section 4779.15 of the Revised Code.

(3) Attestation and submission of fingerprints for criminal record checks by the Ohio bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) and the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), if the application is for the first issuance of a license.

(E) In addition, an application for a license to practice orthotics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in orthotics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed orthotist or prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervisor). This requirement is waived for applicants who meet the requirements of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code;

(5) An applicant with an educational credential from a foreign educational institution must show educational equivalence according to rule 4755-63-14 of the Administrative Code.

(F) In addition, an application for a license to practice prosthetics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in prosthetics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed prosthetist or prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervisor). This requirement is waived for applicants who meet the requirements of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code;

(5) An applicant with an educational credential from a foreign educational institution must show educational equivalence according to rule 4755-63-14 of the Administrative Code.

(G) In addition, an application for a license to practice orthotics and prosthetics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of post-graduate certificate programs in prosthetics and orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics and orthotics, consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics, and nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A letter or statement from an Ohio-licensed prosthetist-orthotist, attesting to having conducted supervision for at least an eight-month period (required if residency not conducted under Ohio-licensed supervision). This requirement is waived for applicants who meet the requirements of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code;

(5) An applicant who holds a license in orthotics and successfully completes all the requirements for a license in prosthetics will be issued a new license in prosthetics-orthotics;

(6) An applicant who holds a license in prosthetics and successfully completes all the requirements for a license in orthotics will be issued a new license in prosthetics-orthotics;

(7) An applicant with an educational credential from a foreign educational institution must show educational equivalence according to rule 4755-63-14 of the Administrative Code.

(H) In addition, an application for a license to practice pedorthics must document compliance with the following requirements:

(1) A high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence.

(2) A statement from the supervising pedorthist, orthotist, prosthetist, or prosthetist-orthotist, that the applicant has practiced for eight months under the supervisor's oversight and direction. The statement must be provided on a form prescribed by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics which requires attestation of completion of one thousand hours of pedorthic care practice under supervision by the licensed supervisor, including at least one hundred hours devoted to each of the following five general areas of service delivery:

(a) Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of patients requiring the full spectrum of pedorthic care, including:

(i) Custom fabricated and custom fitted foot orthoses

(ii) Therapeutic/diabetic shoes, depth shoes and custom shoes

(iii) Prefabricated inserts, custom fitted, moldable and rigid

(iv) Shoe modifications

(v) Retail, non-therapeutic shoes and foot orthoses

(b) Development of a comprehensive treatment plan to provide appropriate pedorthic care.

(c) Selection of materials and components to meet the treatment plan. On-site fabrication of the device where facilities are available. Working knowledge of how various devices are fabricated if fabrication is not done at the facility.

(d) Fitting and appropriate follow-up of the pedorthic device to assure optimal fit and function of the device. This includes modifications and adjustments of the device to ensure proper and continued function and instructing patient on the use and care of the device with verbal and take-home instructions where indicated or required.

(e) Appropriate documentation of patient care and interaction, including records are accurate, current and complete, and that principles and procedures of practice management are understood.

(3) Completion of the training, education, and/or experience requirements necessary to sit for a certification in pedorthics examination in accordance with standards established by the national commission on orthotic and prosthetic education.

(I) A candidate for a full license in orthotics, prosthetics, prosthetics-orthotics, or pedorthics who has already been granted a temporary license under section 4779.18 of the Revised Code and is practicing under that license may advance the temporary license to full license status by documenting completion of the remaining requirements without submitting a new license application. Documentation must include:

(1) Proof of successful passage of the examination as provided by section 4779.15 of the Revised Code; and

(2) Proof that the applicant has practiced for not less than eight months under the supervision of a person licensed under Chapter 4779. of the Revised Code to practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics as required by division (A) of section 4779.10, division (A) of section 4779.11, division (A) of section 4779.12, or division (A) of section 4779.13 of the Revised Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.09, 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, 4779.13, 4779.15, 4779.18
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-02 | Licensure by endorsement.
 

(A) In accordance with division (A)(4) of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code, an applicant who holds a license issued by another state may obtain a license to practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in the state of Ohio if the out-of-state applicant:

(1) Qualifies for licensure in the state of Ohio, except for the passage of the examination as required under sections 4779.09 and 4779.15 of the Revised Code; and

(2) Holds a valid license issued by the appropriate licensing entity of another state and has not been issued a license in another state that has been revoked or is currently under suspension or probation or remains under the effect of any other current disciplinary action.

(B) Applications must 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 4755-66-01 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) Accompanied by such evidence, statements, or documents as specified on the application, including any documentation necessary to support the qualifications mentioned in paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of this rule, and pursuant to the profession-specific requirements of paragraphs (E) to (H) of rule 4775-63-01 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Out-of-state residents must update the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board within thirty working days of any change in orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics employment in the state of Ohio or any change in state-of-residence or state-of-employment status.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.17
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 11/1/2008
Rule 4755-63-03 | Educational programs.
 

(A) The board hereby approves orthotics and prosthetics educational programs that are accredited by or are under a letter of review from the committee on accreditation for orthotics and prosthetics under the auspices of the commission of accreditation of allied health educational programs or their successor organization(s); for pedorthic educational programs, the board hereby approves programs accredited by the national commission on orthotic and prosthetic education or its successor organization; and

(B) The board must recognize a post-secondary educational program that complies with the requirements of section 4779.25 of the Revised Code.

(C) The board may recognize an educational program that meets these standards upon request of an officer or official of the educational program; upon request of an applicant for licensure; or upon request of any person that has a recognized interest in the fields of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.25 ; 4779.26
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/2013
Rule 4755-63-04 | Certificate program requirements.
 

"Certificate program" as referenced in section 4779.26 of the Revised Code, means a post-graduate certificate program that meets the following requirements, as applicable:

(A) All certificate programs must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Admission standards require at least a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalence issued by the state board of education;

(2) Has a written description of the program that includes learning goals, course objectives, and competencies for graduation;

(3) Requires frequent, documented evaluations of students to assess their acquisition of knowledge, problem identification and solving skills, and psychomotor, behavioral, and clinical competencies;

(4) Admits only persons who have successfully completed courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, computer science, algebra or higher math, human anatomy with a laboratory section, and physiology with a laboratory section;

(5) Requires students to complete formal instruction in biomechanics, gait analysis and pathomechanics, kinesiology, pathology, material science, research methods, and diagnostic imaging techniques;

(6) Provides for the evaluation of the program through regular, on-site visits conducted by qualified people from a nationally recognized orthotic, prosthetic, or orthotic and prosthetic certifying body.

(B) In addition, a certificate program in orthotics must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides two semesters or three quarters of instruction in orthotics as defined in paragraph (B)(5) of rule 4755-62-01 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Requires students to complete not less than two hundred fifty hours of supervised clinical experience that focuses on patient-related activities, including recommendation, measurement, impression-taking, model rectification, fabrication, fitting, and evaluating patients in the use and function of orthotic systems;

(3) Requires as a condition of graduation that students demonstrate orthotic skills, including measurement, impression-taking, model rectification, and fitting and alignment of orthoses for the lower limbs, upper limbs, and spines;

(C) In addition, a certificate program in prosthetics must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides two semesters or three quarters of instruction in prosthetics as defined in paragraph (B)(5) of rule 4755-62-01 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Requires students to complete not less than two hundred fifty hours of supervised clinical experience that focuses on patient-related activities, recommendation, measurement, impression-taking, model rectification, fabrication, fitting, and evaluating patients in the use and function of prosthetics;

(3) Requires as a condition of graduation that students demonstrate prosthetic skills that include measurement, impression taking, model rectification, diagnostic fitting, definitive fitting, postoperative management, external power, and static and dynamic alignment of prostheses related to various amputation levels, including partial foot, syme's below the knee, above knee, below elbow, above elbow, and the various joint disarticulations.

(D) In addition, a certificate program in orthotics and prosthetics must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides two semesters or three quarters of instruction in orthotics and two semesters or three quarters of instruction in prosthetics as defined in paragraph (B)(5) of rule 4755-62-01 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Requires as a condition of graduation that students complete training in orthotic systems, including foot orthoses, ankle-foot orthoses, knee orthoses, knee-ankle-foot orthoses, hip-knee orthoses, wrist-hand orthoses, cervical-thoracic-lumbo-sacral orthoses, thoracolumbar orthoses, lumbarsacral orthoses, halo, fracture management, reciprocal gait orthoses, standing frames, and seating;

(3) Requires as a condition of graduation that students demonstrate prosthetic skills that include measurement, impression taking, model rectification, diagnostic fitting, definitive fitting, postoperative management, external power, and static and dynamic alignment of prostheses related to various amputation levels, including partial foot, syme's below the knee, above knee, below elbow, above elbows, and the various joint disarticulations.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.26
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/2002
Rule 4755-63-05 | Examinations.
 

(A) The board recognizes the following practitioner-level examinations to qualify an applicant for licensure pursuant to sections 4779.09 and 4779.15 of the Revised Code.

(1) For licensure in orthotics, the orthotics written examination and the orthotics written simulation examination administered by the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABCOPP).

(2) For licensure in prosthetics, the prosthetics written examination and the prosthetics written simulation examination administered by the ABCOPP.

(3) For licensure in pedorthics, either:

(a) The certified pedorthist examination (CPED) administered by the ABCOPP, or

(b) The pedorthist certification examination (BOCPD) administered by the board of certification/accreditation international (BOC) formerly known as the board of orthotist/prosthetist certification.

(B) These examinations must be administered in accordance with the provisions of any agreement between the respective parties.

(C) The board will accept results of examinations previously administered if other qualifications required by Chapter 4779. of the Revised Code are evident in application documentation.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, 4779.13, 4779.15
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/2016
Rule 4755-63-06 | Temporary license application procedure.
 

(A) Applications must 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 4755-66-01 of the Administrative Code; and

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

(B) 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 is solely the responsibility of the person to whom it is issued . 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.

(C) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing will 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. An applicant may request to withdraw an application by submitting a request through eLicense Ohio.

(3) Submitted fees are neither refundable nor transferable.

(D) The following requirements apply to all applicants seeking licensure under section 4779.18 of the Revised Code.

(1) The application must contain an attestation that the applicant is at least eighteen years old, of good moral character in accordance with section 4779.09 of the Revised Code, and meets the requirements of section 4779.18 of the Revised Code.

(2) An applicant seeking a first license issued by the state board of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics must comply with the criminal record check requirements of section 4779.091 of the Revised Code and rule 4755-63-12 of the Administrative Code.

(3) A license issued pursuant to section 4779.18 of the Revised Code expires one year after issuance, and may only be renewed once.

(E) In addition, an application for a temporary license to practice orthotics must document compliance with the requirements of division (A) of section 4779.18 of the Revised Code as follows:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in orthotics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A statement co-signed by the applicant and the current or prospective Ohio-licensed supervisor affirming that both are aware of and will abide by the law and rules governing supervision for a temporary license;

(F) In addition, an application for a temporary license to practice prosthetics must document compliance with the requirements of division (A) of section 4779.18 of the Revised Code as follows:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of a post-graduate certificate program in prosthetics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics;

(4) A statement co-signed by the applicant and the current or prospective Ohio-licensed supervisor affirming that both are aware of and will abide by the law and rules governing supervision for a temporary license;

(G) In addition, an application for a temporary license to practice orthotics and prosthetics must document compliance with the requirements of division (A) of section 4779.18 of the Revised Code as follows:

(1) A post-secondary educational credential of at least a bachelors degree;

(2) A certificate of completion of post-graduate certificate programs in prosthetics and orthotics, unless the applicant's post-secondary educational credential is a bachelors or masters degree specifically in orthotics and prosthetics;

(3) Completion of a residency program in prosthetics and orthotics, consisting of nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in prosthetics, and nineteen hundred hours supervised by a practitioner certified in orthotics;

(4) A statement co-signed by the applicant and the current or prospective Ohio-licensed supervisor affirming that both are aware of and will abide by the law and rules governing supervision for a temporary license;

(H) In addition, an application for a temporary license to practice pedorthics must document compliance with the requirements of division (A) of section 4779.18 of the Revised Code as follows:

(1) A high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence;

(2) A statement co-signed by the applicant and the current or prospective Ohio-licensed supervisor affirming that both are aware of and will abide by the law and rules governing supervision for a temporary license;

(3) Completion of the training, education, and/or experience requirements necessary to sit for the certification in pedorthics examination in accordance with standards established by the national commission on orthotic and prosthetic education (NCOPE).

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.18
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/2002, 11/14/2016
Rule 4755-63-07 | Certificate of license; display.
 

(A) Each applicant who is approved for full licensure in orthotics, prosthetics, prosthetics-orthotics, or pedorthics will electronically receive a certificate of full licensure for office display upon initial approval.

(B) The license orthotist, licensed prosthetist, licensed prosthetist-orthotist, and licensed pedorthist must 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 center verification page (http://elicense.ohio.gov).

(D) Additional copies of the certificate may be request by orthotics, prosthetics, prosthetics-orthotics, and pedorthics license holders by logging into Ohio eLicense (http://elicense.ohio.gov) and paying the fee prescribed by rule 4755-66-08 of the Administrative Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, 4779.13, 4779.16, 4779.17, 4779.18
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 8/9/2002, 11/1/2010
Rule 4755-63-08 | Biennial renewal of license.
 

(A) Renewal of an orthotics, prosthetics, orthotics-prosthetics, and pedorthics license must be in accordance with section 4779.20 of the Revised Code.

(1) The renewal notice will be sent to the e-mail address on file with the board.

(2) The entire licensure renewal application, including any required forms, compliance with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-65-01 of the Administrative Code, and payment of the renewal fee prescribed by rule 4755-66-04 of the Administrative Code, must be completed to satisfy the requirements of the renewal procedure.

(B) All persons licensed as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, and pedorthist must renew their license by the thirty-first day of January in each odd-numbered year. When a license to practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist is issued by the board on or after June first of an even-numbered year, that license will be valid through the thirty-first day of January of the next odd-numbered year.

(C) Persons who fail to submit the renewal fee, completed application, any other required forms, and/or comply with the continuing education requirement specified in rule 4755-65-01 of the Administrative Code by the thirty-first day of January of the odd-numbered year will have their license automatically expire.

(1) A license holder whose license expires for failure to renew must submit a reinstatement application in accordance with rule 4755-63-09 of the Administrative Code. The occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers joint board must approve the reinstatement application before the person may legally practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist in Ohio.

(2) A license holder who continues to practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist with an expired license will be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 4779.28 or 4779.99 of the Revised Code.

(D) For the purposes of filing an electronic renewal application via the Ohio eLicense system, the applicant must 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 must 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: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.15, 4779.20, 4779.23, 4779.24, 4779.99
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 11/1/2008, 11/14/2016
Rule 4755-63-09 | Reinstatement of licensure.
 

(A) Reinstatement is mandatory for any person wishing to practice who held a license to practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist in the state of Ohio according to Chapter 4779. of the Revised Code.

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

(1) Submitted electronically via the elicense system;

(2) Electronically signed via the elicense system;

(3) Contain the fee prescribed by rule 4755-66-03 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 before March first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant must 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 must be in accordance with rule 4755-65-01 of the Administrative Code. Contact hours used to meet the requirement of this paragraph must not be used to renew the reinstated license.

(b) For reinstatement applications submitted on or after March first of the year in which the applicant's license expired, the applicant must complete the number of contact hours specified in paragraph (A) of rule 4755-65-01 of the Administrative Code within the two year period immediately preceding the date the board receives the application for reinstatement. All contact hours used to reinstate the license must be in accordance with rule 4755-65-01 of the Administrative Code. Contact hours used to meet the requirement of this paragraph must not be used to renew the reinstated license.

(C) The board may require persons filing reinstatement applications to appear in person before the board.

(D) 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 will constitute the legally recognized signature for the purposes of this rule and may not be transferred, distributed, or shared with any other person.

(E) Any application received in accordance with this rule that remains incomplete one year after the initial application filing will 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: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.15, 4779.20, 4779.23, 4779.24, 4779.99
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-10 | Reinstatement or reconsideration of denied/revoked license.
 

(A) In evaluating an application for reinstatement of a license or reconsideration of denial of a license, the joint board must consider the following:

(1) The nature and severity of the acts that 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 board; and

(5) Any evidence of rehabilitation that the applicant may submit to the board.

(B) Before reinstating a license issued under this chapter that has been suspended for more than two years, the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board may require an individual to pass the appropriate licensing examination.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.28, 4779.31
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-11 | Verification of licensure.
 

(A) The occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board will officially verify to another regulatory entity the status of a person's license to practice orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics in the state of Ohio upon both of the following:

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

(2) Payment of the verification of license charge specified in rule 4755-66-07 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Official verification issued by the board must 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: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.08
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-12 | Criminal records check.
 

(A) In addition to the requirements established in rules 4755-63-01, 4755-63-02, and 4755-63-06 of the Administrative Code, all applicants for initial licensure as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, and pedorthist must submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 4779.091 of the Revised Code. The results of the criminal records check must be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, and pedorthist.

(B) An applicant requesting a criminal records check must provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name, and 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 must 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 must 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, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board 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: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4776.03, 4779.091
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-13 | Military provisions.
 

(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 an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist in Ohio:

(a) The person holds a valid license to practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist issued by another state;

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

(c) The person presents adequate proof to the board 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 4779.091 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 an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist.

(2) The board 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 an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist in another state;

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

(d) Attestation that the applicant is aware that the 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 military license is active.

(5) The board must waive all fees associated with a temporary military license.

(6) A person holding a military license must practice within the scope of practice for orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics 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.

(1) In accordance with Chapter 5903. of the Revised Code, the board finds that there are no military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service that are substantially equivalent to or which exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist.

(2) In the course of processing and considering a license application pursuant to section 4779.09 of the Revised Code, the board must consider military education, training and experience as elements that may assist an applicant in qualifying for a license to the extent the board is authorized to do so by statute, rule or executive directive.

(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 4779.20 of the Revised Code and rules 4779-8-01 and 4779-9-01 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 the 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 4779.20 of the Revised Code and rules 4779-8-01 and 4779-9-01 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 a statement and supporting documentation to the board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.

(a) The license holder must submit proper documentation verifying 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 for an initial license or reinstatement must be waived for an applicant who is a current member of the armed forces.

(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 an 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
Rule 4755-63-14 | Foreign education licensure.
 

(A) The occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board may consider acceptance of foreign educational credentials for licensure as an orthotist, prosthetist, or prosthetist-orthotist as follows:

(1) The applicant must complete an education credentials review from an entity approved by the board to be used by the board to determine if the applicant's foreign education was substantially equivalent pursuant to section 4779.10, 4779.11, or 4779.12 of the Revised Code.

(2) The applicant must demonstrate that the person met the requirements to practice orthotics or prosthetics in the country of education and evidence of eligible licensure and/or certification credentialing in that country.

(B) Educational evaluations reflect only the findings and conclusions of the evaluating service and must not be binding upon the board.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08
Amplifies: 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2025
Rule 4755-63-15 | Unique and exceptional qualifications.
 

(A) "Unique and exceptional qualifications" as used in division (A) of section 4779.08 of the Revised Code means education, training, or experience that qualify a person to perform orthotic or prosthetic care outside of the traditional pathway outlined in sections 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, 4779.17, or 4779.18 of the Ohio Revised Code.

(B) The Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Joint Board will determine whether a person is uniquely and exceptionally qualified on a case-by-base basis based on the information supplied by the applicant and other information deemed relevant by the Board. The joint board shall consult with a member of the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Advisory Committee in determining whether an applicant meets the unique and exceptional qualifications.

(C) Applicants may apply for licensure by unique and exceptional qualifications via one of the following paths:

(1) Experiential

(a) Applicants with at least fifteen years of extensive orthotic or prosthetic experience, including direct patient care, in the discipline for which they have applied. Applicants must demonstrate proof of 50 continuing education hours within the five years prior to submission of application. The board will accept as continuing education units all courses approved by the board for orthotist/prosthetist certification (BOC), and the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC). The board will also accept continuing education units as specified by section 4779.24 of the Revised Code; or

(b) Applicants with at least fifteen years of extensive orthotic and prosthetic experience, including direct patient care, when applying to be a licensed prosthetist-orthotist. Applicants must demonstrate proof of 70 continuing education hours within the five years prior to submission of application. The board will accept as continuing education units all courses approved by the board for orthotist/prosthetist certification (BOC), and the American board for certification in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (ABC). The board will also accept continuing education units as specified by section 4779.24 of the Revised Code.

(2) Applicants who meet the academic requirements described in division (A)(3) of section 4779.10 of the Revised Code, division (A)(3) of section 4779.11 of the Revised Code, division (A)(3) of section 4779.12 of the Revised Code, or division (A)(3) of section 4779.17 of the Revised Code, but have not completed a professional clinical residency meeting national commission on orthotic and prosthetic education requirements. These applicants shall submit proof of at least two years of applicable orthotic or prosthetic experience within the five years before application that was obtained under supervision of a licensed or certified orthotist or prosthetist in the discipline for which they have applied. An applicant may be granted a temporary license for up to two years to work under the supervision in Ohio in order to meet the requirements of this division.

(D) In addition to the requirements described in division (C) of this rule, an applicant must submit:

(1) Two letters of recommendation to the board demonstrating qualifications for licensure; and

(2) Proof of current and unrestricted active certification from either BOC or ABC.

(E) Any applicant applying for licensure under division (C)(2) of this rule must comply with rule 4755-63-14 of the Administrative Code.

Last updated October 12, 2021 at 12:29 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4779.08 (A)(17)
Amplifies: 4779.08, 4779.10, 4779.11, 4779.12, 4779.17, 4779.18
Five Year Review Date: 10/1/2026