OT CE Decision Tree

Continuing Education 

Amendments regarding CE took effect June 1, 2017. 

If CE you completed before June 1, 2017 for your current renewal period met the requirements of the OT Rules at the time, you will be able to use it when you renew.

Refer to the Act and Rules page for further information regarding the adoptions. From that page, you can also access a link to search for previous versions of the OT Rules.

In addition, note that as the Type 1 and Type 2 designations in the OT Rules were removed as of July 1, 2016, when you renew, you will not indicate Type 1 or Type 2 for your CE hours. Instead, you will just list your hours under the category "CE Hours." 

 

Please read the OT Rules and Practice Act for CE information.  Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details Continuing Education.

All Continuing Education taken for license renewal must meet the definition of continuing education and further requirements in Chapter 367.

 

Please see the additional resources and tabs below, in addition to the FAQ page.

        Sample Certificate of Completion (pdf) 

        Mentorship Agreement (pdf) - Optional form for those completing a mentorship experience for CE

 

Please note:

*All home study courses, educational teleconferences, Internet-based courses, and video instruction, as per §367.2(4), must meet the requirements in Chapter 367. There is no maximum to the number of continuing education hours that may be earned through such courses.

These courses must have:

   1. Specified learning objectives;

   2. A post-test; and

   3. A certificate of completion. 

In addition, educational teleconferences or Internet courses must reflect a pre-determined number of contact hours. 

 

* When continuing education units (CEUs), professional development units (PDUs), or other units or credits are listed on the CE documentation, such must be accompanied by documentation from the continuing education provider noting the equivalence of the units or credits in terms of contact hours. This is not needed for AOTA CEUs, but be sure you know what such represent in hours. Remember that a contact hour is not the same as a learning credit, PDU, CAU, etc. When you renew, you must attest to your CE in contact hours.

 

* NBCOT Navigator™ Activities: Licensees may earn up to 2 contact hours of CE for the completion of NBCOT Navigator activities. For such activities, 1 NBCOT CAU is the equivalent of .25 CE hours. Documentation of this type of CE is a certificate of completion or letter of verification. Self-reflections and self-assessments, reading list and research portal activities, professional development plans, or similar activities are not eligible for CE credit.

 

  • Texas OT and OTA licensees are legally required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education each renewal period in order to maintain licensure. Licensees may earn more than the required minimum of CE hours. Refer to Chapter 367 of the OT Rules for further CE information and requirements. 

    Educational activities that meet the requirements in Chapter 367 of the OT Rules that are approved or offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) are pre-approved by the Board. Licensees are responsible for choosing CE that meets requirements as per Chapter 367, regardless of the activity’s provider or pre-approved status.

    All activities claimed for CE credit including those approved or offered by AOTA or TOTA must meet the requirements in Chapter 367 and may not be an unacceptable activity as per §367.1(a)(2).

    Licensees are not required to take pre-approved courses.

    Continuing education must be completed before the end of the birth month in the year the license expires, with enough time to complete the renewal process before the expiration. CE completed during the renewal period may be counted. Continuing education may not be carried over from one license renewal to the next.

    Active status licensees may renew their licenses online up to approximately 3 months prior to the end of their birth month.

     

    Note: See the OT Rules and Act for further regulations. Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details CE.

     

    What is Acceptable CE?

    The Act mandates licensee participation in a continuing education program for license renewal. All activities taken to complete this requirement must meet the definition of continuing education as outlined in §367.1(a)(1). The licensee is solely responsible for keeping accurate documentation of all continuing education activities and for selecting continuing education as per the requirements in Chapter 367. Refer to Chapter 367 for further requirements.

    Definition of Continuing Education; also known as CE. Continuing Education – Professional development activities that meet the requirements in Chapter 367 of the OT Rules and directly concern one or more of the following:

                (A) occupational therapy practice as defined in §362.1, Definitions, of the OT Rules,

                (B) health conditions treated by occupational therapy,

                (C) ethical or regulatory matters in occupational therapy, or

                (D) occupational therapy documentation or reimbursement for occupational therapy services.

    All activities claimed for CE credit including those approved or offered through AOTA or TOTA must meet the requirements in Chapter 367 and may not be an unacceptable activity as per §367.1(a)(2).

    Resource: Decision Tree: Is an Activity Eligible for CE?

     

    Examples of Acceptable Activities

    Note: These are representative topics.  Each licensee must determine if a specific activity meets the definition of CE and is eligible for credit according to the OT Rules. Licensees are not limited to completing CE on the sample topics listed below. Please note that though topic titles may be general, the content, etc. for such courses would need to demonstrate that they met the definition of CE and further requirements in Chapter 367.

    Alzheimer's

    Intervention Techniques for Alzheimer's Disease

    Adolescents with Violent Behavior

    OT Intervention for Adolescents Exhibiting Violent Behavior

    What is Attention Deficit Disorder?

    OT Strategies for Students with Attention Deficit Disorder

    Intervention techniques for Students with Attention Deficit Disorder 

    Stroke and Vascular Disorders

    OT Intervention for Individuals Recovering from a Stroke

    Managing Adult Hemiplegia

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Hand

    Training in Physical Agent Modalities for Hand Patients

    Evaluation of and Treatment Strategies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Ethics in Occupational Therapy

    Regulatory Issues in Occupational Therapy

    Billing for Occupational Therapy Services

    Note: See the OT Rules and Act for further regulations. Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details CE.

     

    Unacceptable Activities:

    All activities claimed for CE credit including those approved or offered through AOTA or TOTA must meet the requirements in Chapter 367 and may not be an unacceptable activity as per §367.1(a)(2) of the OT Rules. For example, all CE must meet the definition of continuing education in §367.1.

    As per §367.1(a)(2) of the OT Rules, certain activities are unacceptable and are not eligible for CE credit, regardless of the provider or pre-approved status. 

    Unacceptable Activities. Unacceptable professional development activities not eligible for continuing education regardless of the provider or pre-approved status include but are not limited to:

                            (A) Any non-instructional time frames such as breaks, meals, introductions, and pre/post testing.

                            (B) Business meetings.

                            (C) Exhibit hall attendance.

                            (D) Reading journals.

                            (E) Courses that provide information about the work setting’s philosophy, policies, or procedures or designed to educate employees about a specific work setting.

                            (F) Courses in topics concerning professionalism or customer service.

                            (G) Courses such as: massage therapy, management and business administration, social work, defensive driving, water safety, team building, leadership, GRE, GMAT, MCAT preparation, reading techniques, general foreign languages, communicable/infectious diseases, patient abuse, disposal of hazardous waste, patient privacy, CPR, First Aid, HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, or similar courses.

     

    Is the Activity an Unacceptable Activity?

    Questions to ask when determining if a course is not eligible for CE credit

     Note: This is just an overview.  See Chapter 367 of the OT Rules for further information and regulations.    

    1.  Is it unacceptable because it is an activity that many of the employees in a particular practice setting must complete and does not meet requirements in Chapter 367, for example, a course that provides information about the work setting’s philosophy, policies, or procedures or designed to educate employees about a specific work setting?

    2. Is it unacceptable because it is a repetitive activity that is taken at certain intervals and does not meet requirements in Chapter 367, such as courses related to recognizing abuse or neglect, mandated reporter training, HIPAA and/or FERPA, preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies, disposal of hazardous waste, mandated reporting, CPR, the prevention of infectious disease outbreaks or fires, etc.?

         (For information regarding repeating acceptable CE activities, please see §367.1.)

    3.  Is it unacceptable because it does not meet the definition of Continuing Education and further requirements in Chapter 367, such as a course related to management and business administration, communicable/infectious diseases, leadership, team building, general foreign languages, etc.? 

    4.  Is it unacceptable because it is a course in topics concerning professionalism or customer service?

    5.  Is it unacceptable because it falls under any of the provisions in §367.1(a)(2) and/or fails to meet any of the other requirements regarding CE in the OT Rules?

     

    Sample Unacceptable Activities:

    The list below contains examples of topics that are NOT acceptable for CE credit. While many of these topics may enrich your relationship with your clients or enhance the success of your practice, they are not required in order for licensees to provide occupational therapy services.

    Please note that this list is not exclusive. Courses in other topics may be unacceptable activities.  Check to make sure each activity you intend to claim for CE is eligible for credit according to the OT Rules. 

              Massage Therapy Registration Program

              Management and Business Administration

              General Foreign Language course

              Social Work Courses

              Defensive Driving

              Water Safety Courses

              Team Building and/or Leadership Workshops

              GRE, GMAT, MCAT preparation

              General cooking class

              Reading Techniques Courses

              Nutrition for Women

              Communicable or Infectious Diseases

              Repetitive courses such as: CPR, First Aid patient abuse, disposal of hazardous waste, patient privacy, HIPAA & FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, etc. 

              Customer Service or Professionalism

              New Employee Orientation Courses

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