Occupational Therapy Licensing Board

For an OT Application Form use the links below: 
 
OT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Sign and return the completed application form with check or money order payable to the “OT Licensing Board”.
 
FEE:  The OT Application fee (one-year) is currently $100, good through May 31, 2018. If you do not need your license until March 1, 2018, pay the two-year fee of $175, good through May, 31, 2020.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, there will be an additional $40 fee for fingerprinting background checks that will be passed through to the Oregon State Police.  

 
New Graduates only:  Have your school send OFFICIAL OT school transcripts if you just took NBCOT exam and this is your first initial OT license.  You do not need to send school transcripts if you are coming by endorsement from another state. 
 
New Graduates only:  Pay NBCOT to have your scores transferred to the Oregon Board.
 
If coming by endorsement: you no longer need to order your NBCOT verification to be sent to us.  We are able to look up your certification directly on the NBCOT website.
 
If coming by endorsement: Have state verification(s) sent to Oregon from any state where you have ever been licensed and worked. Either order it from that state's web site, contact them directly, or Click here for a sample form you can use. Be sure to pay their fee to send the verification to Oregon.   If your verifications will come in a different name than your application, please make that clear on the front of your application form!  
 
Pass the Oregon Ethics/Law Exam required for all new applicants.
 
CE:  If you are currently NBCOT certified, you have automatically met the CE requirement in Oregon.  If you are not currently certified, you need to have 30 points of CE within the last two years.  See Continuing Education tab for more information.

Any application received after Jan. 1, 2018 will require a fingerprint background check.  Schedule an appointment with Fieldprint:  https://www.fieldprintoregon.com/Toll free phone:  (877)614-4364. 

You will need to provide Field print with the OT Board agency code FPOccuTheraLicBd in order to make an appointment.

How long does it take?  Once we receive all documentation, we license within 3 days.



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For an OT Assistant Application Form use the links below: ​


OTA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Sign and return the completed application form with check or money order payable to the “OT Licensing Board”.
 
FEE:  The OTA Application fee (one-year) is currently $70, good through May 31, 2018. If you do not need your license until March 1, 2018, pay the two-year fee of $120, good through May, 31, 2020.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, there will be an additional $40 fee for fingerprinting background checks that will be passed through to the Oregon State Police.  

 
New Graduates only:  Have your school send OFFICIAL OT school transcripts if you just took NBCOT exam and this is your first initial OT license.  You do not need to send school transcripts if you are coming by endorsement from another state. 
 
New Graduates only:  Pay NBCOT to have your scores transferred to the Oregon Board.
 
If coming by endorsement: you no longer need to order your NBCOT verification to be sent to us.  We are able to look up your certification directly on the NBCOT website.
 
If coming by endorsement: Have state verification(s) sent to Oregon from any state where you have ever been licensed and worked. Either order it from that state's web site, contact them directly, or Click here for a sample form you can use. Be sure to pay their fee to send the verification to Oregon.   If your verifications will come in a different name than your application, please make that clear on the front of your application form!  
 
Pass the Oregon Ethics/Law Exam required for all new applicants.
 
CE:  If you are currently NBCOT certified, you have automatically met the CE requirement in Oregon.  If you are not currently certified, you need to have 30 points of CE within the last two years.  See Continuing Education tab for more information.

Any application received after Jan. 1, 2018 will require a fingerprint background check.  Schedule an appointment with Fieldprint:  https://www.fieldprintoregon.com/Toll free phone:  (877)614-4364. You will need to provide Field print with the OT Board agency code FPOccuTheraLicBd in order to make an appointment.

How long does it take?  Once we receive all documentation, we license within 3 days.

 

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In accordance with ORS 676.303 (3), the OT Licensing Board will require that all applicants pass a background check prior to licensure in Oregon.  This applies to all applications received after January 1, 2018.  All applicants for licensure, limited permits and applicants reinstating their Oregon license must have their digital prints taken at a Field Print office.  Cost is $12.50 paid directly to Field Print, a state vendor.  The fingerprints will be sent digitally to the Oregon State Police(OSP) who will run a national background check.  The cost of the background check is $40 and is added to your licensure fee and passed through to OSP. 

Schedule an appointment with Field print:  https://www.fieldprintoregon.com/​
Toll free phone:  (877)614-4364.

Applicants will need to provide Field Print with the OT Board agency code FPOccuTheraLicBd in order to make an appointment.

Arrest or Criminal Record: Will it prevent licensure in Oregon?
 
The Occupational Therapy Licensing Board does not have a list of crimes that would prevent an applicant from being licensed in Oregon. There are too many factors to consider. A licensing board may not deny an occupational or professional license solely for the reason that the applicant or licensee has been convicted of a crime, but it will consider the relationship of the facts which support the conviction and all intervening circumstances. The Board will then consider how these factors relate to the specific occupational or professional standards in determining the fitness of the person to receive or hold the license.
 
The Mission of the Board is “To protect the public by supervising occupational therapy practice; to assure safe and ethical delivery of occupational therapy services.” ORS 675.240, 675.250 and 675.270 establish eligibility criteria for licensure in the State of Oregon. ORS 675.300 specifically determines the grounds for denial:
675.300 Grounds and procedures for denial, refusal to renew, suspension or revocation of license; confidentiality of information.
 
(1) The Occupational Therapy Licensing Board may deny, suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a license or may impose probationary conditions where the licensee or applicant has been guilty of:
(a) Unprofessional conduct as defined by the standards established by the board;
(b) Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation or concealment of material facts;
(c) Violating any lawful order or rule adopted by the board that may affect the health, welfare or safety of the public; or
(d) Gross negligence or incompetence in the performance of professional duties.
(2) The board may suspend or revoke the license of any person licensed under ORS 675.210 to 675.340 and 675.990 (2) if the licensee has been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.
(3) Where the board proposes to refuse to issue or renew a license or proposes to revoke or suspend a license, opportunity for hearing shall be accorded as provided in ORS 183.310 to 183.550.
(4) Judicial review of orders under subsection (3) of this section shall be in accordance with ORS 183.310 to 183.550.
(5) Information that the board obtains as part of an investigation into licensee or applicant conduct or as part of a contested case proceeding, consent order or stipulated agreement involving licensee or applicant conduct is confidential as provided under ORS 676.175.
 
The Oregon Administrative Rule 339-010-0020 Unprofessional Conduct dealing with
(5) Unprofessional conduct relating to federal or state law or rules:
(c) Engaging in assault and/or battery of any person;
(d) Conviction of a crime or engaging in any act which the Board determines substantially related to the practice of occupational therapy or indicates an inability to safely and proficiently engage in the practice of occupational therapy. OT Issues, Question, Topics 10/2016
 
An individual who is considering entering an OT or OT Assistant educational program or has already entered the program can have their background reviewed prior to applying for the exam by requesting an “Early Determination & Character Review” from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). The 2016 fee for the review is $250. In this “early determination” process, the NBCOT may give early or prior approval to take the certification exam, as it pertains to good moral character, provided that the information reviewed is not found to be a violation of any of the principles of the Code of Conduct. Check under the web site at www.nbcot.org for Early Determination. If you have additional questions or would like additional information, you may contact the Credentialing Services at NBCOT, located at 800 S. Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877; (301) 990-7979; or e-mail www.nbcot.org/early-determination-character-review.
 
An applicant for licensure in Oregon must pass the NBCOT exam. Early determination by NBCOT is not a guarantee that the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board will license an applicant. The applicant must disclose the arrest or conviction, with relevant information to the board. Questions are found on the application form about crime or arrest. Find “Application Forms” on the menu bar of the web site at www.oregon.gov/otlb. The Occupational Therapy Licensing Board will then consider all the facts and determine whether the facts “substantially relate to the practice of occupational therapy or indicate an inability to safely and proficiently engage in the practice of occupational therapy”.
 
Although there are no specific crimes defined in the law that would preclude an applicant from receiving a license, the more serious the crime, repeated behaviors, crimes related to acts of aggression, and those involving drugs or alcohol would be cause for the Board to deliberate on the fitness of an applicant to provide safe occupational therapy services to the public. Occupational therapists often work with people in vulnerable situations and the Board must consider all factors before they approve licensure, carefully considering factors as they relate to safe occupational therapy practice and protection of the public. In conclusion, the more serious the crime, the more potential for license denial under the Oregon laws and rules of the Board.
 
The Board is sensitive to the fact that individuals invest a lot of time and financial resource into the education preparatory work and prerequisites necessary to qualify for licensure. However, the Board does not pre-approve an applicant for licensure in advance of the application process. There are too many unknowns, laws change, and the profile of the Board members change.
 
If you have additional questions, please contact the Director at 971-673-0198 or OTLB.Info@state.or.us.
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In 2019 NBCOT will implement the Presumptive Denial Policy. This policy pertains to eligibility for both initial certification and certification renewal for individuals convicted of serious crimes. READ MORE

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