NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 34, NUMBER 16
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2002
RULE ADOPTION

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ADVISORY COUNCIL
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST; OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
ASSISTANT
LICENSING PROCEDURE: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST; OCCUPATIONAL THERAPYST ASSISTANT;
TEMPORARY LICENSE


Adopted Amendments: N.J.A.C. 13:44K-2.1, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.1

Proposed: August 6, 2001 at 33 N.J.R. 2602(a).

Adopted: April 25, 2002 by Reni Erdos, Director, Division of Consumer Affairs.

Filed: July 29, 2002 as R.2002 d.275, with substantive changes not requiring additional public notice and comment (see N.J.A.C. 1:30-6.3).

Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:9-37.51 et seq., specifically 45:9-37.75.

Effective Date: August 19, 2002.
Expiration Date: April 20, 2003.

Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because the adopted amendments are governed by N.J.S.A. 45:9-37.51 et seq., and are not subject to any Federal standards or requirements.

Full text of the adoption follows:

<< NJ ADC 13:44K-2.1 >>

13:44K-2.1 Eligibility requirements; occupational therapist; occupational therapy assistant

(a) To be eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist, an applicant shall:

1. Be at least 18 years of age;

2. Be of good moral character;

3. Have successfully completed:

i. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor; or

ii. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor and have fulfilled the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency;

4. Have successfully completed at least 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program in accordance with (a)3i and ii above; and

5. Have successfully completed the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), or its predecessors.

(b) To be eligible for licensure as an occupational therapy assistant, an applicant shall:

1. Be at least 18 years of age;

2. Be of good moral character;

3. Have successfully completed:

i. An associate's degree or its equivalent in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor; or

ii. An associate's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor and have fulfilled the academic requirements of an educational program for occupational therapy assistant accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency;

4. Have successfully completed at least 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program as evidenced in accordance with (b)3i and ii above; and

5. Have successfully completed the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), or its predecessors.

<< NJ ADC 13:44K-3.1 >>

13:44K-3.1 Licensing procedure: occupational therapist

(a) An applicant for licensure as an occupational therapist shall submit the following to the Council:

1. A completed application form which contains the following:

i. Documentation of the applicant's education, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent <<+in occupational therapy+>> from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the college or university<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for the degree, but has not had the degree conferred by the university or college, the applicant may apply for a temporary license pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44K-4.1(b)+>>;

ii. If the applicant has received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy, documentation of the applicant's education, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant has completed the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational program<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for completion of an educational program in occupational therapy, but has not had the program certificate conferred by the educational institution, the applicant may apply for a temporary license pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44K-4.1(b)+>>;

iii. Documentation which indicates that the applicant has successfully completed at least 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience, with a minimum of 720 hours, approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program in accordance with (a)1i or ii above, which shall be submitted to the Council directly by the educational institution. The applicant shall have completed the 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience within 24 months of completing the academic requirements of the educational institution. Documentation of the supervised fieldwork experience shall contain, at a minimum, the number of hours per week the applicant worked and the location where the supervised fieldwork was conducted;

iv. A "Verification of Certification" letter from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) indicating that the candidate has successfully completed the certification examination for occupational therapists;

v. Two completed "Certificates of Good Moral Character";

vi. A "Verification of State License" form from any state in which the applicant is now or has ever been licensed to practice as an occupational therapist which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the state in which the license is or was held; and

vii. A certified verification of name change, if applicable;

2. The application fee set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:44K-11.1; and

3. A two inch by two inch, recent head and shoulder photo of the applicant, certified by a Notary Public, and signed by the applicant.

<< NJ ADC 13:44K-3.2 >>

13:44K-3.2 Licensing procedure: occupational therapy assistant

(a) An applicant for licensure as an occupational therapy assistant shall submit the following to the Council:

1. A completed application form which contains the following:

i. Documentation of the applicant's education, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant received an associate's degree or its equivalent <<+in occupational therapy+>> from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the college or university<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for the degree, but has not had the degree conferred by the university or college, the applicant may apply for a temporary license pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44K-4.1(b)+>>;

ii. If the applicant has received an associate's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy, documentation, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant has completed the academic requirements of an educational program for occupational therapy assistants accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational program<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for completion of an educational program in occupational therapy, but has not had the program certificate conferred by the educational institution, the applicant may apply for a temporary license pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44K-4.1(b)+>>;

iii. Documentation which indicates that applicant has successfully completed at least 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience, with a minimum of 360 hours, approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program in accordance with (a)1ii above, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational institution. The applicant shall have completed the 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience within 12 months of completing the academic requirements of the educational institution. Documentation of the supervised fieldwork experience shall contain, at a minimum, the number of hours per week the applicant worked and the location where the supervised fieldwork was conducted;

iv. A "Verification of Certification" letter from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) indicating that the applicant has successfully completed the certification examination for occupational therapy assistants;

v. Two completed "Certificates of Good Moral Character";

vi. A "Verification of State License" form from any state in which the applicant is now or has ever been licensed to practice as an occupational therapy assistant which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the state in which the license is or was held;

vii. A "Verification of Supervision" form from all current employers <<+if the applicant is currently employed. If the applicant is not currently employed, a "Verification of Supervision" form from all employers shall be submitted to the Council before employment commences+>>; and

viii. A certified verification of name change, if applicable;

2. The application fee set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:44K-11.1; and

3. One two inch by two inch, recent head and shoulder photo of the applicant, certified by a Notary Public, and signed by the applicant.

<< NJ ADC 13:44K-4.1 >>

13:44K-4.1 Temporary license

(a) A temporary license shall be available to an applicant for examination as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant with his or her initial application for examination. The holder of a temporary license may practice only under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

<<+(b) A temporary license shall be available to an applicant for permanent licensure as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant who has completed all academic and administrative requirements for a degree or certificate in occupational therapy but has not had the degree of certificate conferred by the university or college, provided that the applicant satisfies the requirements of (c) or (d) below.+>>

<<-(b)->><<+(c)+>> An applicant for temporary licensure as an occupational therapist shall submit the following to the Council:

1. A completed application form which contains the following:

i. Documentation of the applicant's education, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent <<+in occupational therapy+>> from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the college or university<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for the degree, but has not had the degree conferred by the university or college, the applicant may submit a letter from the director of the occupational therapy program, until the official transcript becomes available, verifying that all requirements for the academic degree have been completed+>>;

ii. If the applicant has received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy, documentation, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant has completed the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational program<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for completion of an educational program in occupational therapy, but has not had the program certificate conferred by the educational institution, the applicant may submit a letter from the director of the occupational therapy program, until the official transcript becomes available, verifying that all requirements of the educational program have been completed+>>;

iii. Documentation which indicates that the applicant has successfully completed at least 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience, with a minimum of 720 hours, approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program in accordance with (b)1i or ii above, which shall be submitted to the Council directly by the educational institution. The applicant shall have completed the 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience within 24 months of completing the academic requirements of the educational institution. Documentation of the supervised fieldwork experience shall contain, at a minimum, the number of hours per week the applicant worked and the location where the supervised fieldwork was conducted;

iv. A "Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine Notice," sent to the Council directly by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) indicating that the applicant is eligible to sit for his or her initial examination for licensure;

v. Two completed "Certificates of Good Moral Character";

vi. A "Verification of State License" form from any state in which the applicant is now or has ever been licensed to practice as an occupational therapist which shall be forwarded to the Council by the state in which the license is or was held;

vii. A "Verification of Supervision" form from all current employers; and

viii. A certified verification of name change, if applicable;

2. The application fee set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:44K-11.1; and

3. One two inch by two inch, recent head and shoulder photo of the applicant, certified by a Notary Public, and signed by the applicant.

<<-(c)->><<+(d)+>> An applicant for temporary licensure as an occupational therapy assistant shall submit the following to the Council:

1. A completed application form which contains the following:

i. Documentation of the applicant's education, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant received an associate's degree or its equivalent <<+in occupational therapy+>> from an accredited college or university approved by the Commission on Higher Education or its successor, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the college or university<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for the degree, but has not had the degree conferred by the university or college, the applicant may submit a letter from the director of the occupational therapy program, until the official transcript becomes available, verifying that all requirements of the educational program have been completed+>>;

ii. If the applicant has received an associate's degree or its equivalent in any field other than occupational therapy, documentation, including official transcripts, which indicate that the applicant has completed the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, or other nationally recognized agency, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational program<<+. If the applicant has completed all academic and administrative requirements necessary for completion of an educational program in occupational therapy, but has not had the program certificate conferred by the educational institution, the applicant may submit a letter from the director of the occupational therapy program, until the official transcript becomes available, verifying that all requirements of the educational program have been completed+>>;

iii. Documentation which indicates that the applicant has successfully completed at least 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience, with a minimum of 360 hours, approved by the educational institution at which the applicant completed the occupational therapy education program in accordance with (c)1ii above, which shall be forwarded to the Council directly by the educational institution. The applicant shall have completed the 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork experience within 12 months of completing the academic requirements of the educational institution. Documentation of the supervised fieldwork experience shall contain, at a minimum, the number of hours per week the applicant worked and the location where the supervised fieldwork was conducted;

iv. A "Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine Notice," sent to the Council directly by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) indicating that the candidate is eligible to sit for his or her initial examination for licensure;

v. Two completed "Certificates of Good Moral Character";

vi. A "Verification of State License" form from any state in which the applicant is now or has ever been licensed to practice as an occupational therapist which shall be forwarded to the Council by the state in which the license is or was held;

vii. A "Verification of Supervision" form from all current employers; and

viii. A certified verification of name change, if applicable;

2. The application fee set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:44K-11.1; and

3. One two inch by two inch, recent head and shoulder photo of the applicant, certified by a Notary Public, and signed by the applicant.

 

 

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