Occupational Therapy Licensing Board

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.

 

Statutory authority:  676.303; 181A.195

 339-010-0020  Unprofessional Conduct – Amend rule adding (G) below:

(3) Unprofessional conduct relating to the Board includes:

(a) Practicing occupational therapy without a current Oregon license;

(b) Failing to renew license in a timely manner;

(c) Failing to provide the Board with any documents requested by the Board;

(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.

 

339-010-0016  CE Requirements for Applicants for Licensure – Amend rule for consistency with CE rule:

 (1) All applicants for licensure 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:

(a) Successfully complete a Board approved Re-Entry Program specifically designed for occupational therapists preparing them for re-entry into the field of occupational therapy; or

(b) Successfully 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.