TITLE 16             OCCUPATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSING

CHAPTER 15     OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

PART 4                 CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

16.15.4.1               ISSUING AGENCY:  Board of Examiners for Occupational Therapy.

[16.15.4.1 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.1 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.2               SCOPE:  All those individuals who wish to practice occupational therapy in the state of New Mexico.

[16.15.4.2 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.2 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.3               STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Section 61-12A-15, NMSA 1978.

[16.15.4.3 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.3 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.4               DURATION:  Permanent.

[16.15.4.4 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.4 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.5               EFFECTIVE DATE:  January 30, 2015, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[16.15.4.5 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.5 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.6               OBJECTIVE:  To inform licensees of continuing education requirements for license renewal.

[16.15.4.6 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.6 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.7               DEFINITIONS:  “Continuing education” means any organized educational program relating to the topic of health, designed to expand a licensee’s knowledge beyond the basic education requirements for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants as recognized by the board.  Topics include, but are not limited to, administration, education, communication and clinical practice skills.  One “continuing education contact hour” is equivalent to sixty (60) minutes. One continuing education contact hour is equivalent to one continuing education unit.

[16.15.4.7 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.7 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.8               ANNUAL CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

                A.            Every licensed occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant must earn a minimum of twenty (20) continuing education contact hours per year during each year of licensure.  Continuing education contact hours must be earned prior to license renewal the following year.  The first year during which twenty (20) contact hours must be earned is the year beginning on October 1st following license issuance and ending on the following September 30th.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed during the first year will be expected to pay the annual renewal fee and may submit continuing education contact hours during this first year for carryover.  A maximum of twenty (20) contact hours may be carried over.

                B.            No license will be renewed in the absence of satisfactory evidence that the required continuing education contact hours have been earned.

                C.            The board office will mail a renewal application to each licensee at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the license.

                D.            Each licensee is responsible for submitting the required renewal fee and continuing education by the expiration.

                E.            Each licensee is responsible for filing address changes and maintaining a current address with the board office.

[16.15.4.8 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.8 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

16.15.4.9               APPROVAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION:

                A.            No licensee may obtain credit for any continuing education contact hours without approval of those continuing education contact hours by the board.

                B.            Prior approval of continuing education contact hours may be obtained upon request by the licensee or continuing education provider.  Final determination of values and approval of continuing education contact hours will remain at the discretion of the board.

                C.            Continuing education contact hours may be earned in the following ways:

                                (1)           Attendance at a seminar, workshop, webinar, on-line course, or program; applicants must provide all of the following:

                                                (a)           program agenda with number of contact hours;

                                                (b)           evidence that the program attended was sponsored by a component of the American occupational therapy association or some other sponsor approved by the board for continuing education credit;

                                                (c)           statement of the program’s subject matter and stated objectives;

                                                (d)           statement indicating the instructor’s background/expertise; and

                                                (e)           proof of actual program attendance; such proof shall be a certificate of completion signed by the presenter or program sponsor.

                                (2)           Preparation and presentation of a workshop/in-service.  Credit may be given only once for preparation or presentation of the same workshop and the board will determine the number of continuing education contact hours approved.  Applicant must provide proof of preparation and presentation.  Proof of preparation may be an outline, copy of handouts, presentation slides, and a copy of the agenda showing name of licensee as presenter.  Contact hours for the presenter will be calculated at three (3) times the number of hours of audience participation (e.g. a two (2) hour workshop equals six (6) hours for the presenter).  A maximum of twelve (12) contact hours per renewal year is allowed in this area.

                                (3)           Completion of accredited university college or community courses.  Applicant must provide the name of the course; number of credit hours; inclusive dates of attendance; completed transcript or grade report with a passing grade of “C” or better, name of instructor and institution; and a brief summary indicating the course’s relationship to the licensee’s present or future position in the field of occupational therapy.  Non-credit community college courses may be accepted at the board’s discretion.  A maximum of twenty (20) contact hours is allowed for a three (3) credit course; a maximum of fifteen (15) contact hours is allowed for a two (2) credit course; and a maximum of ten (10) contact hours is allowed for a one (1) credit course.

                                (4)           Attendance at workplace in-service programs.  The applicant must provide the name of the program; number of hours spent in the program; inclusive dates of attendance; name of the instructor or supervisor of the program; name of the institution; and a brief course summary indicating the course’s relationship to the philosophical tenets of occupational therapy.  A maximum of ten (10) contact hours will be allowed in this area.

                                (5)           Reading a book.  The applicant must provide the name of the book; number of pages; name of the author; and a typewritten summary explaining how the information obtained from the book applies to physical therapy philosophical tenets of occupational therapy.  The board may approve, on an individual basis, up to two (2) contact hours for each book read.  A maximum of four (4) contact hours will be allowed in this area.

                                (6)           Writing a book.  The applicant must provide a copy of the book written.  The book will be returned to the licensee upon request.

                                                (a)           The book must have been copyrighted in the year for which the continuing education contact hours are requested.

                                                (b)           Up to forty (40) contact hours may be awarded at the board’s discretion.

                                (7)           Audio or Visual Media.  An applicant must provide the title of the audio and visual media; the length of presented material, time; name of the presenter; and a summary of the presentation and how it pertains to the philosophical tenets of occupational therapy.  A maximum of ten (10) contact hours per year is allowed in this area.

                                (8)           Presentation of a paper.  The applicant must provide a copy of the paper along with the duration and location of the presentation.  The presentation must have been made in the year for which the continuing education contact hours are requested.  Credit may be given only once for any individual presentation and the board will determine the number of continuing education contact hours approved.

                                (9)           Publication of a paper or article.  The applicant must provide a copy of the published paper, which must have been published prior to license renewal.  Publication must be in a recognized journal or publication.  The board will determine the number of continuing education contact hours approved.

                                (10)         Conducting research.  The board will determine the number of continuing education contact hours approved.  The applicant must provide the following:

                                                (a)           title and description of research project, including brief timeline;

                                                (b)           names of other persons involved in project  (i.e., co-investigators or supervisors);

                                                (c)           a brief statement indicating philosophical tenants of occupational therapy;

                                                (d)           provide a copy of the competed annual research report.

                                (11)         Specialty/certification programs.  Applicants  or licensees wishing to receive continuing education for certification programs must submit a certificate of completion signed by the program sponsor.  The licensee or applicant must indicate how the specialty/certification maintains the philosophical tenets of occupational therapy. The board will determine the number of continuing education contact hours approved.

                                (12)         Supervising level II fieldwork.  Applicants should provide a copy of the student evaluation (cover and signature pages only).  The student’s name should be blacked out for confidentiality.  A maximum of twelve (12) contact hours will be approved for each OT fieldwork II rotation of twelve (12) weeks.  A maximum of eight (8) contact hours will be approved for each OTA fieldwork II rotation of eight (8) weeks.  A maximum of twelve (12) contact hours per renewal year is allowed in this area.

                                (13)         Mentoring.  Applies to an OT or OTA who has been practicing at least one (1) year prior to entering a new area of practice only.  Mentoring shall occur for a minimum of six (6) months and no longer than one (1) year.  The mentor shall have at least one (1) year of experience in the specialty area of practice and not be the direct supervisor of the mentored therapist.  The “mentoring log” should be used as proof of hours mentored.  Both the mentor and mentored will be allowed up to a maximum of five (5) contact hours per year.

                D.            Credit screening procedures are as follows:

                                (1)           the board or its designee must approve each request for continuing education credit;

                                (2)           the licensee will be informed of the board’s action within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the request; and

                                (3)           the licensee whose request has been denied may appeal to the board within thirty (30) calendar days of the notification of the board’s decision.

                E.            Continuing education audit.

                                (1)           The board shall audit a percentage of renewal applications each year to verify the continuing education requirement.

                                (2)           If a notice of audit letter is received with the annual renewal form, evidence of continuing education hours earned during the renewal year must be submitted to the board as requested and as required in the Occupational Therapy Act and by this rule.

                                (3)           If the licensee is not audited, all documentation of attendance and agendas should be retained by the licensee for a minimum of three (3) years immediately preceding the current renewal.

                                (4)           The board reserves the right to audit continuing education attendance certificates whenever there is reasonable doubt the courses submitted, dates, or hours may be incorrect.

                                (5)           Proof of attendance for all continuing education programs is required on all renewal applications submitted after the expiration date.

                F.            Credit for excess continuing education contact hours accumulated may be used only during the following year.  Documentation of excess continuing education contact hours which are being submitted for credit must be submitted with the annual renewal fee and application.  The board will allow a maximum of twenty (20) continuing education contact hours to be carried over into the next licensing year.

[16.15.4.9 NMAC - Rp, 16.15.4.9 NMAC, 1/30/15]

 

HISTORY of 16.15.4 NMAC:

Pre-NMAC History:

Material in this Part was derived from that previously filed with State Records and Archives:

BOTP 84-3, Continuing Education Regulations, filed 12-10-84

BOTP 89-3, Continuing Education Regulations, filed 10-31-89

BOTP 90-3, Continuing Education Regulations, filed 04-27-90

Rule 92-3, Continuing Education Regulations, filed 04-15-92

[Rp, 16 NMAC 15.4.3A, 06-29-00]

 

History of the Repealed Material: 16.15.4 NMAC, Occupational Therapists - Continuing Education Requirements, filed 06-19-2000, repealed 1/30/2015.