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.

Visit http://elicense.ohio.gov to renew your license.

If you need assistance logging in, please contact (855) 405-5514 Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 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

Occupational Therapist license renewals - due 6/30/2019

The license renewal period for Occupational Therapists begins on April 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2019. 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/oh_communitieslogin and log in to renew. 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:

  • Occupational Therapist licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education, including one hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence education prior to license renewal. The continuing education requirements are outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4755-9-01.
  • Occupational Therapist licensees are not required to obtain continuing education units for their first renewal, per Ohio Administrative Code 4755-9-01 (A)(2). 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. 
  • You do not need to upload your continuing education certificates or continuing education statement with your renewal application. You must attest to the number of hours of CE you completed. Retain your certificates in the case that you are audited.
  • 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
Physical Therapist audit for February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2018 renewal period

The Physical Therapy Section of the OTPTAT Board is conducting its regular CE Audit of Physical Therapists covering the period of February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2018, 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 the date stated in the notice letter. 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 continuing education each renewal cycle. More information and frequently asked questions may be found in the continuing education area of the PT Section

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.

Change in PT/PTA Examination Licensure Process

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:

State Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

The OTPTAT Board State Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report has been posted.

Payment options in eLicense Ohio

Effective December 14, 2018, the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board will no longer accept electronic check payments through eLicense Ohio. If this causes you problems in paying your license fees, please contact us at Board@otptat.ohio.gov or 614-466-3774.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics licensure changes

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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