Ohio.gov  |   State Agencies   |   Online Services
About the Board

The Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board is responsible for the regulation of the practice of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training in the State of Ohio. The board was established in 1976 as the Occupational Therapy Board. In 1977, regulation of physical therapy was transferred from the Medical Board to the Ohio Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Board. In 1990, licensure of athletic trainers was added to the responsibility of the Ohio OTPTAT Board.

The regulation of the three professions includes: issuing and renewing the licenses of properly qualified individuals; investigating complaints against licensees; monitoring compliance with mandatory continuing education requirements; and educating licensees and the consumers of the services provided by the board's licensees on the laws and rules that govern the practice of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training in Ohio and the board's role to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Ohio through effective regulation of these three professions.

2016 Physical Therapist Paper Renewal Application

The Physical Therapy Section will allow licensees who are having difficulty using the elicense portal the ability to submit a paper renewal application for physical therapists whose license is due to expire on January 31, 2016. Click this link to print a 2016 PT Paper Renewal Application. Paper renewals must be post marked by January 31, 2016.

New eLicense Portal Instructions (PT)

The link to the new Ohio eLicense portal is: https://elicense.ohio.gov. You can review instructions for accessing the portal by clicking this link. If you are experiencing issues with the portal. Please email the Board at board@otptat.ohio.gov  with your issue and error message for further assistance. Thank you for your patience during this transition.

TENS Units and the Home Medical Equipment Law

It has recently come to the Board’s attention that licensees may be selling and/or renting TENS units without possessing a Home Medical Equipment (HME) license. Section 4752.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, which is enforced by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board, requires a HME license to sell or rent home medical equipment, which includes TENS units. Individual licensees are exempt from the HME license requirement ONLY if they do not sell or rent the HME.

If you are selling or renting TENS units without an HME license, the Board recommends that you cease that practice immediately. If you continue to rent or sell without an HME license, you are at risk for civil penalties, fines, and criminal prosecution.

To obtain information on how to obtain an HME license, please review the information available at http://respiratorycare.ohio.gov/HomeMedicalEquipmentHome.aspx.

If you have any questions about Home Medical Equipment licensure in Ohio, please contact the Respiratory Care Board directly.

Social Media

In March 2011, the Board established a Twitter feed. Licensees can follow Tweets from the Board at http://twitter.com/OhioOTPTATBd. At the end of November 2011, the Board established a Facebook page. You can "Like" the Board at https://www.facebook.com/OhioOTPTATBoard to get updates from the Board.

The Board will still use the listservs and this official website to update licensees on issues related to the regulation of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training in Ohio.

Elimination of Pocket Identification Cards

On May 1, 2010, the rules for all three Sections were amended to eliminate pocket identification cards. The amended rules require licensees to have available at all locations of service delivery a copy of the licensee's current license information from the Ohio e-License Center.

During the renewal process, you can verify the successful processing of your renewal application by checking the expiration date of your license from the "License Lookup/Verification" link on the Board's website. When the Board has finished processing your renewal application, your expiration date will switch to the new date and your status will become either "Active" or "Active in Renewal-Paid". If your status is still "Active in Renewal" or if your expiration date did not change, your renewal was not successfully processed by the Board.

Customer Service Satisfaction Survey

How are we doing?

The Board is always looking to improve the services it provides to its customers. Please let us know how we're doing by completing the following customer service satisfaction survey.


Tony Tanner, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-3774 • Fax: (614) 995-0816 • TTY: (877) 644-6826