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, athletic training, orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics 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. In 2018, the board began oversight of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics.

The regulation of these 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, athletic training, orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics in Ohio and the board's role to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Ohio through effective regulation of these professions.

Board Mission

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

Announcements

Athletic Trainer license renewals - due 9/30/2018

PLEASE NOTE THAT ELICENSE WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FOR LAST MINUTE RENEWALS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 BETWEEN 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM!

The license renewal period for Athletic Trainers began on July 2, 2018 and ends September 30, 2018. You must have an active license in order to practice. It is illegal to practice with an expired license. Please do not delay. Visit https://elicense.ohio.gov/ and log in to renew. The log-in button is located within the picture of the Ohio Statehouse. If you need assistance logging in, please contact (855) 405-5514 Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. For assistance and questions not related to logging into eLicense, feel free to contact the board at Board@otptat.ohio.gov. The eLicense system works best with the Google Chrome browser.

Please note:

  • You do not need to upload your continuing education certificates with your renewal application. You must attest to the number of hours of CE you completed. Hang on to your certificates in the case that you are audited.
  • Licensees are not required to obtain continuing education units for their first renewal, per 4755-9-01 (A)(2) - http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4755-9-01v1. If this is your first renewal, please enter "not applicable" in the box where you are asked for your number of CEUs for this period.
  • Even if you have already renewed, you may continue to receive renewal reminders in the mail or email. You can visit https://elicense.ohio.gov to double check that your renewal was successful.
  • If you receive a renewal verification email after you renew your license with the incorrect new expiration date, it is likely due to a glitch in the system. Go to https://elicense.ohio.gov to check your license status and the renewal date will be correct. If you need the Board to re-send an email with the correct date, email us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov
Athletic Trainer license renewal and continuing education

As we approach renewal time for Athletic Trainer licenses, the AT Section would like to remind everyone of the continuing education requirements that must be met in order to renew your license. Please pay close attention to completing the necessary hours prior to license expiration and renewal by September 30, 2018.

According to Ohio Administrative Code rule 4755-45-01 (http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4755-45-01v1), each license holder must shall complete at least 25 hours of continuing education. Of these 25 hours:

  • There must be at least one contact hour of ethics education. There are several ways to meet your ethics requirement, including the AT Jurisprudence exam for CE credit located at the following link: http://otptat.ohio.gov/Athletic-Training/AT-Jurisprudence-Exam
  • At least two contact hours must be related to evidence based practice.
  • The remaining 22 hours can be on any other topic that meets the requirements of the rule.
  • Five of your 25 hours must be obtained through in-person participation in professional workshops seminars, and/or conferences.
  • License holders who are renewing for the first time are exempt from the continuing education requirement.

It is important to note that only 68% of the continuing education audits from the 2016 renewal were successfully completed. This passage rate needs to be much higher. Continuing education is a very important professional responsibility. It is an opportunity to grow your professional skill set and work on continued competence. It is also required by the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer for those of us who maintain certification. It is also required by state law. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov.

The eLicense portal (http://elicense.ohio.gov) will open for athletic trainers to begin renewal on or about July 2, 2018. Your continuing education requirement must be met prior to renewal. We truly appreciate your attention to this matter.

Occupational Therapy Assistant audit for 2016 renewal period

The Occupational Therapy Section of the OTPTAT Board is conducting its regular CE Audit covering the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, as required by OAC 4755-9-01. 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 the date stated in the notice letter. If you do not receive a notice, you are not subject to audit at this time. License holders are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education, including at least one hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence each renewal cycle.

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.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics

Effective Monday, January 22, the OTPTAT Board is now responsible for the licensure of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics. Our website is still being updated. Until it is, you can find licensure information for this profession at http://www.opp.ohio.gov. If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-466-3774 or Board@otptat.ohio.gov

2018 OT, PT, AT & Joint Board Schedule

The 2018 OTPTAT and Joint Board meeting schedule can be found HERE. All meetings are at 77 South High Street, 31st Floor, Columbus, Ohio.

Joint Board meetings are on March 22, July 12, and September 27.

Welcome the new Executive Director to the OTPTAT Board

The Ohio OTPTAT Board is excited to announce Missy Craddock as the new Executive Director. Ms. Craddock started with the board on November 13, 2017.  Missy Craddock comes to the OTPTAT Board from the Office of the Governor where she worked on the policy team. Previously, she was Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, overseeing legislation, communications, stakeholder relations, and client rights. She has also spent time working for a professional association and in the Ohio House of Representatives. A native of Akron, Craddock earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Akron with a certificate in Applied Politics from the Ray C. Bliss Institute. She received her master's degree in public administration from Ohio University in Athens.

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