OT CE Decision Tree

Continuing Education

Effective 7/1/2016, the requirements for Type 2 CE and the designations of Type 1 and Type 2 CE have been removed from the OT Rules. The OT Rules now state that all CE must comply with the new definition of CE (see below). Each renewal cycle, licensees still must earn 30 hours of CE that meet the requirements in the OT Rules, Chapter 367.

Definition of Continuing Education: Professional development activities that are directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.  

Note that the definition refers to activities that are directly relevant to the profession of OT, not activities that are about professionalism. Refer to §367.2(b) and the full Chapter 367 for further information regarding unacceptable activities that are not eligible for CE credit. Courses such as those related to general management and business, team building, leadership, patient abuse, patient privacy, HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, or similar courses, for example, are unacceptable activities that may not be counted for CE.

Now that the amendments are in effect, 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."

If CE you have already completed for your current renewal period met the requirements of the OT Rules prior to these changes, 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.

 

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 be directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy and meet further requirements as per the OT Rules.

 

Please see the additional resources and tabs below, in adddition 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(a)(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. 

Only courses in this category that meet such criteria may be counted for CE. 

* 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.

* Licensees may earn up to 2 contact hours of CE for the completion of the NBCOT Navigator  activities of Case Simulations, Balloon Match Games, Mini Practice Quizzes, and the PICO Game. 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. The only online NBCOT activities eligible for CE are listed above.  Refer to Chapter 367 for further CE requirements.

 

  • Texas OT and OTA licensees are legally required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education each renewal period to maintain professional 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.  

    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 §367.2(b).

    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 3 months prior to the end of their birth month.

     

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

     

    What is Acceptable CE?

    All CE must fit the definition of CE (see below) and meet further requirements in the OT Rules, Chapter 367.

    Definition of Continuing Education: Professional development activities that are directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.

    Note that the definition refers to activities that are directly relevant to the profession of OT, not activities that are about professionalism. Refer to §367.2(b) and the full Chapter 367 for further information regarding unacceptable activities that are not eligible for CE credit. Courses such as those related to general management and business, team building, leadership, patient abuse, patient privacy, HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, or similar courses, for example, are unacceptable activities that may not be counted for CE.

    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 §367.2(b).

     Resource: Decision Tree: Is an Activity Eligible for CE?(pdf)

     

    Examples of Acceptable Activities

    Note: These are representative topics.  Each licensee must determine if a specific activity is directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy 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 were directly relevant to the profession of OT and meet 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

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

     

    Unacceptable Activities:

    All CE taken for license renewal must be directly relevant to the profession of occupational therapy and meet further requirements as per the OT Rules.

    As per §367.2(b) of the OT Rules, certain activities are unacceptable and are not eligible for CE credit. 

    Note that the definition of continuing education in §367.1 refers to activities that are directly relevant to the profession of OT, not activities that are about professionalism. Refer to §367.2(b) and the full Chapter 367 for further information regarding unacceptable activities that are not eligible for CE credit. Courses such as those related to general management and business, team building, leadership, patient abuse, patient privacy, HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogens, or similar courses, for example, are unacceptable activities that may not be counted for CE.

    All activities claimed for CE credit, including those approved or offered through AOTA or TOTA, must meet the requirements in the OT Rules and may not be an unacceptable activity as per §367.2(b).

     

    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 for further information and regulations.    

    1.  Is it unacceptable because it is a repetitive activity that is not directly relevant to the occupational therapy profession, such as a one concerning bloodborne pathogens, disposal of hazardous waste, mandated reporter training, CPR, etc.?

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

    2.  Is it unacceptable because it is an activity that many of the employees in a particular practice setting must complete and is not directly relevant to the occupational therapy profession, such as courses related to recognizing abuse or neglect, mandated reporter training, HIPAA and/or FERPA, preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies, the prevention of infectious disease outbreaks or fires, etc.?

    3.  Is it unacceptable because it is not specific to occupational therapy practice with clients and/or not directly relevant to the occupational therapy profession, such as a course related to communicable/infectious diseases, general management and business, leadership, massage therapy, etc.

    4.  Is it unacceptable because it falls under any of the provisions in §367.2(b) and/or fails to meet any of the other requirements regarding CE in the OT Rules or Act?

     

    Sample Unacceptable Activities:

    The list below contains examples of topics NOT relevant to occupational therapy and 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
    •         General Management and Business
    •         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.
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