Rules Updates

OTPTAT Board Administrative Rules

Ohio law, also known as the Ohio Revised Code, is amplified by administrative rules created by state agencies. The rules for the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board may be found here:

OTPTAT Guide to Rulemaking

OTPTAT rules

OPP rules

Any person may comment on on OTPTAT Board rules at any time by simply sending an email to Rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include your name, email, and the rule number on which you are commenting.

Register of Ohio

The Register of Ohio is the official repository of rules filed with JCARR. This website contains the official text of the proposed changes, as well as the "Rule Summary and Fiscal Analysis" for each rule filed by the Board.

Business Impact Analysis - Common Sense Initiative 

A state rule-making agency may propose to adopt a new rule, amend, or rescind an existing rule, or propose to continue a rule without any changes. Executive Order 2011-01K and sections 107.62 and 121.82 of the Ohio Revised Code require state agencies to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the  business community, and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the proposed rules. The Business Impact Analysis for proposed rules discusses the purpose of the rule and identifies the nature of the adverse impact on licensees. The Common Sense Initiative review must be complete before the rules can begin the formal rule-making process through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Rules Under Review

The Physical Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted for early stakeholder review. These rules implement newly passed House BIll 131, which among other provisions, allows the Board to license a foreign trained physical therapist assistant (PTA). Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through February 18, 2019. 

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-23-02 Educational requirements Establishes the educational requirements that must be met for PT and PTA licensure. The change requires foreign educated PTAs to meet an educational level that is reasonably equivalent to those that were in force in Ohio on the date of the applicant's initial licensure in a foreign country.  This is the same language that is applicable to PTs.
4755-23-03 License by examination The change to this rule requires a foreign educated PTA to meet the same requirements as a foreign educated PT in order to be licensed by examination.
4755-23-04 License by endorsement The change to this rule requires a foreign educated PTA to meet the same requirements as a foreign educated PT in order to be licensed by endorsement.
4755-23-12 Requirements for foreign educated applicants Establishes requirements for foreign educated PTAs which must be met in order to obtain licensure. These requirements are identical to the requirements for PTs. The rule also allows the physical therapy section to waive the requirement that an individual achieve a certain score on the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) if English proficiency can be demonstrated another way.

 

The Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rule which is being submitted for early stakeholder review. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through February 18, 2019. 

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-60-03 (new rule) Orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics advisory council 

This rule details the roles and responsibilities of the orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics advisory council to the OTPTAT Board.

 

The Physical Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which have been filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. A public hearing seeking comment on the rules will be held at the Board offices at 77 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 on February 25, 2019 at 1:30 PM. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through February 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM. 

Rule Number(s) Topic Description of Rule change

4755-23-01,

4755-27-01,

4755-27-04

Minimum age requirement for a PT or PTA Changes will require an applicant for a physical therapy or physical therapist assistant license to be at least eighteen prior to receipt of a license. Student physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must be at least eighteen and a student must be eighteen in order to be supervised by a PT or PTA. Changes are also proposed to update rules to reflect the new eLicense Ohio system.
4755-23-05 Display of license The proposed revisions to this rule will allow physical therapists and physical therapy assistants to use the eLicense system to facilitate display of their wall certificate.

 

The Physical Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted for early stakeholder review. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through January 21, 2019. 

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-27-02 Physical Therapist Assistant No change.
4755-27-03 Delegation Makes consistent the use of certain terminology and carlifies that the development of the plan of care includes "physical therapy" goals rather than "short term and long term" goals.
4755-27-06 Reporting requirements Requires a license holder to report to the Board if their credential, regardless of state, has been disciplined by a state or national physical therapy credentialing organization and if there has been a finding of malpractice by a court of competent jurisdiction.
4755-27-07 Documentation No change.

 

The Athletic Trainers Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted for early stakeholder review. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through January 21, 2019. 

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-43-05 Temporary license for military spouse No change.
4755-43-06 Reinstatement of licensure Makes changes to accommodate electronic submission of applications via eLicense and corrects the legal name of the Athletic Trainers' Board of Certification.
4755-43-07 Criminal records checks No change.
4755-43-09 Verification of licensure Proposed changes update the rule to reflect processes of the new eLicense system.
4755-46-01 Delegation of tasks to unlicensed persons Clarifies that the athletic trainer has ultimate responsibility and accountability for unlicensed personnel over whom they have supervision.
4755-40-03 Definitions Defines Standard Operating Procedures.
4755-41-01 Code of ethical conduct Adds Standard Operating Procedures to the list of accurate records that an athletic trainer must keep.

 

The Occupational Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which have been filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. A public hearing seeking comment on the rules will be held at the Board offices at 77 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 on January 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through January 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM. 

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-3-05 Escrow of license; display; copies The proposed changes to this rule would eliminate the escrow option for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant licenses. This option can sometimes be confusing for license holders and does not promote continuity of competence within the profession. The requirements to restore a license from escrow are very similar to the restoration of a license, which will remain an option. License holders are encouraged to either stay current with their continuing education requirements in order to renew their license or to allow their license to go inactive and restore the license at a later date. Of the OTPTAT license types, the OT section is currently the only one that maintains an escrow option. This rule is also being updated to reflect changes as a result of the use of the Ohio eLicense system.
4755-5-03 Fee of escrow of license Being proposed for rescission due to the elimination of escrow.
4755-5-09 Fee for restoration of an escrowed license Clarifies that the fee shall not exceed $80, allowing the Board to charge a lower amount. 
4755-3-02 Certificate of license; display; copies The proposed revisions to this rule will allow occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to use the eLicense system to facilitate display of their wall certificate.
4755-5-06 Fee for mailing lists Updated to reflect that mailing list requests are accepted electronically and there is no fee for electronic distribution.
4755-5-08 Fee for reinstatement Clarifies that the fee shall not exceed $100, allowing the Board to charge a lower amount. 

 

The Athletic Trainers Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which are being submitted for review by the Ohio Common Sense Initiative. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov and csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through December 26, 2018. 

Business Impact Analysis for Common Sense Initiative

Rule number Title Description of proposed change
4755-43-01 Applications for licensure This rule has been updated to reflect processes of the new eLicense system. 
4755-43-02 Examination requirements Proposed changes update the name of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, Inc.
4755-43-04 Education Proposed changes update the name of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, Inc.
4755-43-08 Biennial renewal of license Proposed changes update the rule to reflect processes of the new eLicense system.
4755-43-10 Reinstatement or reconsideration of denied/revoked license No change.
4755-43-11 Approval of an event Proposed changes update the name of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, Inc. and also extends the time in advance by which an event approval must be filed to sixty days in order to accommodate board meeting schedules.
4755-43-12 Military provisions related to licensure Proposed changes make use of consistent terminology.
4755-44-01 Notice of change of name, place of employment, and address Proposed changes update the rule to reflect processes of the new eLicense system.
4755-44-02 Certificate of license; display; copies The proposed revisions to this rule will allow athletic trainers to use the eLicense system to facilitate display of their wall certificate. Proposed changes also update the rule to reflect processes of the new eLicense system.
4755-47-01 Duplicate license fee No change.
4755-47-02 License verification fee No change.
4755-47-03 Fee for mailing lists Updated to reflect that mailing list requests are accepted electronically and there is no fee for electronic distribution.
4755-47-04 License fee No change.
4755-47-05 Reinstatement fee No change.
4755-47-06 Biennial renewal fee No change.

 

The Physical Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board seeks your comments and feedback on the following proposed rules which have been filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. A public hearing seeking comment on the rules will be held at the Board offices at 77 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 on January 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Please submit your comments to rules@otptat.ohio.gov. Please include contact information with your name, phone number, email address, and license type (if applicable). The Board will accept comments through January 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM. 

Rule Number Title Description
4755-23-08 Continuing education A draft of this rule was previously posted for public comment to implement House Bill 290 (Credit for continuing education for volunteer hours). The rule is being re-posted and new revisions also include a requirement for completion of a jurisprudence module upon license renewal starting in 2022 for physical therapists and 2023 for physical therapist assistants. This module will count as two hours of ethics credit toward the fulfillment of two-year continuing education requirement and there may be a fee to complete the module. The overall number of continuing education hours (24 for physical therapists and 12 for physical therapy assistants) is not being proposed to change. The proposed changes will also allow for recertification of a specialty through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties to count for six hours of continuing education credit.
4755-29-01 Referrals Changes to this rule are being proposed subsequent to the required five year rule review. Changes are meant to more accurately reflect statute as it relates to notification of a referral to a patient's other healthcare practitioner and to remove the definition of two years of practical experience, which is defined in law.


 

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