Proposed Rule Amendments:
339-010-0012 Background Checks and Fingerprinting Requirements – Amend
rule per below:
The Board may require
Oregon or National criminal history checks, including fingerprints or other
background checks such as the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS), from any
applicants for a license as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy
assistant, a limited permit, or an
applicant to reinstate a lapsed license.
and applicant or licensee under investigation to determine their
fitness. The fingerprints shall be
provided in a format prescribed by the Board. The Board will provide
information on where acceptable fingerprints may be obtained and what
acceptable procedure is to be used for submitting them. The Board will use the
fingerprints to conduct Criminal History Checks. When applicable, fingerprint cards will be destroyed as required by law . The
Board may conduct a criminal record check on licensees applying to renew a
license using the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) maintained by the
Department of State Police.
– Amend rule adding (G) below:
(3) Unprofessional conduct
relating to the Board includes:
(a) Practicing occupational therapy without a current Oregon
(b) Failing to renew license in a timely manner;
(c) Failing to provide the Board with any documents requested by
(d) Failing to answer truthfully and completely any question asked
by the Board;
(e) Failing to provide evidence of competency when requested;
(f) Violating the Practice Act, Board rules or Board Orders;
(g) Failing to
cooperate with Board investigations.
Requirements for Applicants for Licensure – Amend rule for consistency with CE
(1) All applicants for
who have passed the NBCOT certification examination and have been
unlicensed for up to three years will need 15 points of board approved
continuing education a year prior to becoming licensed in Oregon. will
either be current on their NBCOT certification (National Board of Certification
in Occupational Therapy) or will need 30 points of Board approved continuing
education two years prior to becoming licensed in Oregon.
(2) All applicants for
licensure who have passed the NBCOT certification examination more than a one
year ago and have been unlicensed for more than three years will:
complete a Board approved Re-Entry Program specifically designed for
occupational therapists preparing them for re-entry into the field of
occupational therapy; or
retake and pass the NBCOT examination within the previous year.
(3) The Board has the
discretion to waive requirement for license application requirements
Adopted at the 8/4/2017 Board Meeting. Comments are due by 10/21/17 at Noon.