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To renew your license, change your name, address, or employer, or order a verification or wall certificate, please log into eLicense Ohio at https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_communitieslogin. Preferred browser is Google Chrome. If you need assistance logging in, please contact (855) 405-5514 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Board Mission

The mission of the Ohio OTPTAT Board is to actively promote and protect the health of Ohioans through effective regulation of the professions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics.

Announcements

Upcoming May OTPTAT Board meetings - Thursday, May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 at 9:30 AM - OT Section - 1-614-721-2972 - 235 997 960#

May 14, 2021 at 8:30 AM - AT Section - 1-614-721-2972 - 479 553 211#

May 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM - OPP Advisory Council - 1-614-721-2972 - 587 781 10#

May 20, 2021 at 8:30 AM - Joint OTPTAT Board - 1-614-721-2972 - 740 739 762#

May 20, 2021 at 10:00 PM - PT Section - 1-614-721-2972 - 382 651 594#

 

PT Continuing Education Audit - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Physical Therapy Section of the OTPTAT Board is conducting its regular CE Audit of Physical Therapists covering the period of February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020, as required by Ohio Administrative Code rule 4755-23-08. Audit notices will come from the board via email to a random sampling of licensees. If you receive a notice, simply submit the proper documentation to the board by May 21, 2021. If you do not receive a notice, you are not subject to audit at this time. PT license holders are required to complete 24 hours of Ohio approved continuing education each renewal cycle. More information and frequently asked questions may be found in the continuing education area of the PT Section webpage. 

In order to ensure that you receive proper notice of audit and also notice of license renewals, please be sure your email address is up-to-date in the eLicense system. To do so, please log in to https://elicense.ohio.gov and click on “manage profile” under your name in the upper right hand corner. You may edit your contact information from there. If you have any questions, please visit the Board website at http://otptat.ohio.gov or feel free to contact the board at Board@otptat.ohio.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: Audit notices are not a scam. They include the name and contact information for a specific employee here at the Board. If you want to double check regarding an audit notice you received, feel free to call us at 614-466-3774. 

 

OT and PT Licensure Compacts - Monday, April 19, 2021

The OTPTAT Board is excited to announce the passage of the PT Compact – Senate Bill 5 (Roegner, Blessing). You can read more about the PT Compact at http://ptcompact.org/. Senate Bill 5 was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine and will be effective on June 30, 2021. The PT Section is working hard on implementation of the Compact and will be sure to announce a date to start issuing privileges as soon as it has been decided. In the meantime, please make sure you are subscribed to the OTPTAT Board list serve for the latest news on rule development for the Compact. https://otptat.ohio.gov/Consumers/Board-Listservs

Additionally, the OT Compact - Senate Bill 7 (Roegner) was signed into law and will also be effective on June 30, 2021. Ohio was the second state to enact the OT Compact. There must be a total of ten states to pass the OT Compact in order for it to become operational, so the timeline for issuing OT Compact privileges is expected to be much longer. You can read more about the progress of the OT Compact at https://otcompact.org/

 

LICENSE RENEWALS - Monday, February 1, 2021

eLicense Ohio - https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_communitieslogin

Renewal for all Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapist Assistants, Orthotists, Prosthetists, Pedorthists, and Prosthetist-Orthotists is now open. Please log into the Ohio eLicense Center at https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_communitieslogin to renew your license. Preferred browser is Google Chrome.

Recent legislation, House Bill 404, has extended the deadline for expiration of all licenses issued by the state of Ohio to July 1, 2021. As a result, the expiration dates have been adjusted in the Ohio eLicense system. Although the deadline to renew has been extended, the OTPTAT Board encourages you move forward with renewal as soon as possible, as maintenance of your license is an important professional responsibility. The deadline for completion of your required continuing education is unchanged

If you do not wish to renew your license, no further action is required from you at this time. However, you will continue to receive renewal reminders since your expiration date is approaching. Simply ignore these reminders if you do NOT wish to renew. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov. If you need assistance logging in, please contact (855) 405-5514 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For PTAs: You must have completed twelve hours of continuing education between February 1, 2019-January 31, 2021. If you renew your license without having completed your CE by January 31, you are out of compliance and you may be subject to discipline. If you are audited, you will have to submit an explanation which will be considered by the PT Section of the Board, and you may be subject to discipline. If you believe you qualify for a waiver due to hardship, you request one by logging into eLicense Ohio and choosing the option to request a CE waiver on your license record. You do not need to submit your certificates during your renewal, but please retain them in case you are selected for audit. First time renewals do not have to complete continuing education. You can access a list of available CE here to ensure that your courses have been approved for Ohio: https://www.ohiopt.org/page/ContinuingEducation. You may also take the Ohio Jurisprudence Assessment Module for two hours of credit: https://www.fsbpt.org/Our-Services/Jurisprudence-Assessment-Module-JAM-Services/Ohio

For OPP licenses: Late renewals are no longer permitted. You must have completed the following number of hours of continuing education between February 1, 2019-January 31, 2021:

  • Orthotist – 25 hours
  • Prosthetist – 25 hours
  • Prosthetist-Orthotist – 35 hours
  • Pedorthist – 18 hours

If you renew your license without having completed your CE by January 31, you are out of compliance and you may be subject to discipline. Please note that unlike in previous years, you will not submit your proof of continuing education along with your renewal application. Please retain your CE proof for at least two years after your renewal in case you are subject to a continuing education audit because you will be asked to submit it at that time.  First time renewals do not have to complete continuing education. If you believe you qualify for a waiver due to hardship, you request one by logging into eLicense Ohio and choosing the option to request a CE waiver on your license record. You do not need to submit your certificates during your renewal, but please retain them in case you are selected for audit. First time renewals do not have to complete continuing education.

For OTAs: You must have completed twenty hours between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020, including one hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence, according to your practice act. The online renewal jurisprudence exam fulfills the ethics requirement: https://otptat.ohio.gov/Occupational-Therapy/OT-Jurisprudence-Exam. If you renew your license without completing your CE by June 30, you are out of compliance. If you are audited, you will have to submit an explanation which will be considered by the OT Section of the Board, and you may be subject to discipline. If you believe you qualify for a waiver due to hardship (see rule 4755-9-02), you may do so by logging into eLicense Ohio and choosing the option to request a CE waiver on your license record. 

For ATs: You must have completed twenty-five hours between October 1, 2018-September 30, 2020, including two hours of evidence-based practice and one hour of professional ethics. Any CE taken on or after October 1, 2020 will count toward the 2022 renewal. The ethics requirement may be met by taking the renewal jurisprudence exam at https://otptat.ohio.gov/Athletic-Training/AT-Jurisprudence-Exam. Reminder: the requirement to take a certain number of in-person hours has been eliminated for your licensure CE. If you renew your license without completing your CE by September 30, you are out of compliance. If you are audited, you will have to submit an explanation which will be considered by the OT Section of the Board, and you may be subject to discipline. If you believe you qualify for a waiver due to hardship, you may do so by logging into eLicense Ohio and choosing the option to request a CE waiver on your license record. 

You do not need to submit your certificates during your renewal, but please retain them in case you are selected for audit. First time renewals do not have to complete continuing education. 

 

Authority for 3-D Printing of Open-Source Prosthetic Kits - Monday, June 29, 2020

The OTPTAT Board is now accepting applications for the authority to conduct 3-D printing of open-source prosthetic kits. According to Ohio law, if you wish to 3-D print open-source prosthetics, you must obtain authority from the Board. You can find out more about the requirements by reading the final rule language. You may apply online at http://elicense.ohio.gov. An application checklist is also available to assist you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov.

 

Ohio Jurisprudence Assessment Module – now available for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants - Friday, May 8, 2020

The Physical Therapy Section of the Ohio OTPTAT Board enacted a rule change in May 2019 to require a jurisprudence assessment module (JAM) as part of continuing education for renewal of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licenses. It is the Board’s mission to protect the public, and part of doing so is to ensure that all licensees have a working knowledge of the laws and rules governing physical therapy in the state of Ohio. This jurisprudence module will give all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants the opportunity to review Ohio law at least once every two years. The module also allows the Board to target questions to enhance licensees’ knowledge of the law with regard to common infractions and areas that are important to the Board, such as duty to report and sexual boundaries.

The Board is pleased to announce that the jurisprudence assessment module is now available. Please go to https://www.fsbpt.org/Our-Services/Jurisprudence-Assessment-Module-JAM-Services/Ohio for more information and to take the JAM. The cost of the JAM is only $48 and it counts for two continuing education hours. Note: this requirement will count as part of each licensee’s current continuing education requirement of 24 hours for physical therapists or 12 hours for physical therapist assistants. As a reminder, first time renewals do not have a continuing education requirement.

The JAM will be required for all physical therapists for January 31, 2022 renewal. It is not required for physical therapist assistants until the 2023 renewal, but it can be taken as an optional way to get continuing education for the 2021 renewal. As a reminder, first time renewals do not have a continuing education requirement.

The content of the JAM is Ohio’s laws and rules, which can be found within the module itself for reference. Please contact the Board at Board@otptat.ohio.gov with any questions about this new requirement.

 

COVID-19 Updates from the OTPTAT Board and the state of Ohio - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

For updates for OTPTAT Board license holders regarding COVID-19, please see the COVID-19 tab.

Jurisprudence Assessment Module accepted in addition to Ohio Law Exam for PT and PTA Applicants

In recognition that available slots at Ohio Prometric locations are currently limited, the PT Section will now accept the new Ohio Jurisprudence Assessment Module (JAM) as an alternative to the Ohio Law Exam for the purposes of granting licensure by examination, endorsement, or reinstatement for the duration of the Executive Order 2020-01D, which declares a state of emergency in Ohio due to COVID-19. You may register and take the JAM at the following link: https://www.fsbpt.org/Our-Services/Jurisprudence-Assessment-Module-JAM-Services/Ohio. The cost of the JAM is $48. Please note that when you register, you will be asked if you have ever held a license in Ohio. When you select “No” you will get a pop up message that indicates that you must take the Ohio Law exam for initial licensure. Please disregard this alert and select the "Confirm and Continue" button.

If you have already registered for the Ohio Law exam, the PT Section will continue to accept that exam for the purposes of licensure. If you wish to cancel your Law exam and register for the JAM, please follow these instructions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Board at Board@otptat.ohio.gov.

 

OTPTAT Board - Coronavirus staffing impact - Monday, March 16, 2020

In support of Governor DeWine’s initiative to control the spread of COVID-19, our office staff is now working remotely. If you call our office hours between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., please leave a message and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. We strongly encourage you to email us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov for a quicker response. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

 

 

 

 

Changes to Requirements for Internationally Educated Applicants - PT/PTA - Friday, January 31, 2020

Effective for all applications filed after January 31, 2020, the OTPTAT Board will no longer accept the Type I Comprehensive Credential Evaluation (FCCPT) or a VisaScreen Certificate in lieu of TOEFL scores for licensure of internationally educated applicants. For more information, please see the Guidelines for Internationally Educated Applicants for Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistants.

 

Wall license display in eLicense Ohio - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A new feature has been enabled in the eLicense Ohio system to allow license holders to log into the system and pull up a copy of your wall license. To do so, please log into the eLicense Ohio website (http://elicense.ohio.gov) and click the “options” tab on your license. One of the menu options will be “download wall certificate.” This will bring up a copy of your wall certificate and allow you to print it or save it to your phone or other electronic device. Step-by-step instructions are available for your assistance.

As a result of this new feature, the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board recently made a change to Ohio Administrative Code for the occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainer sections. This change allows a license holder to display their wall certificate on an electronic device as a way of meeting the requirement for license display. The Board recognizes that we live in an increasingly mobile world and use of this feature enhances the ability to display your license at the request of anyone who may wish to see proof of licensure. 

Replacement wall certificates will still be available by request for those who wish to continue to use a hard copy for a fee of $10. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov.

 

ALERT! Phone scam targeting OTPTAT Board license holders - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Licensees should be on alert for a scam that has been reported in targeting OTPTAT Board license holders. During the reported incident, the scammer calls the license holder and notes that there are concerns about a person's state license. The message may request a return call to an out of state number. If you are contacted, please report the incident to local law enforcement and the OTPTAT Board investigations division by calling 614-466-3774 or Board@otptat.ohio.gov. 

 

Change in PT/PTA Examination Licensure Process - Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Effective March 27, 2019, the OTPTAT Board will change how a student registers for the NPTE and Ohio law exams that are offered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. The Board will no longer approve candidates to sit for the exams. Instead this process will be conducted by FSBPT. This is known as the Alternate Approval Process. For more information, please read the materials below:

 

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics licensure changes - Friday, October 5, 2018

Effective January 22, 2018, the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (OPP Board) was eliminated, and the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board now issues licenses for orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics. Since consolidation, we have been working to make administrative improvements that will hopefully be better for you, the license holder. We have extended the renewal period, lowered fees, and changed the reporting and amount of continuing education. You can read more on our fact sheet. 

 

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