Continuing Education Insight
OT & PT Continuing Education (Oregon Edition)
By Lindsey Tatum
Five months away may seem like plenty of time to work out your CE requirement, but don't forget Time is very sneaky and loves to surprise people with upcoming deadlines! That means it's a good idea to think ahead and start planning for your CE requirement in advance!
Oregon occupational therapy practitioners that have been licensed for two or more years are required to submit 30 hours of OT continuing education (or occupational therapy assistant continuing education). This requirement must be fulfilled by May 1st of even numbered years. OTs that have been licensed under 2 years are only required to submit 15 hours of CE courses. The 30 hour requirement is converted into a point system in Oregon - one point equaling one contact hour.
Occupational therapy practitioners should also note that the requirement is broken down into 18 categories with specific limitations - those being that 16 to 30 of the required CE points must come from categories 1-11, and no more than 14 of the required CE points may come from categories 12-18. Practitioners must provide proof that they have successfully completed their requirement in the form of documentation; i.e. - a Certificate of Completion. Details about the categories and other information can be found on the Oregon Occupation Therapy Licensing Board website.
The board automatically accepts continuing education credits from American Occupational Therapy Association Approved Providers, so be sure to look for the AOTA approved provider logo on your chosen provider’s website!
Physical therapists licensed in Oregon must complete 24 hours worth of physical therapy continuing education courses in order to qualify for license renewal. The biennial deadline is up on March 31st of even numbered years. PTAs must fulfill their 12 hours of PTA CEUs within the same time frame. According to the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board, one contact hour of PTA continuing education or PT CEUs is equal to one clock hour. With no home study limitations, physical therapy practitioners in Oregon have the option to choose online CEUs, physical therapy seminars, or a combination of the two.
This post was provided by Lindsey Tatum from Milestone Continuing Education.
Milestone Continuing Education is approved to offer physical therapy continuing education in the state of Oregon and is an AOTA Approved Provider (7487) for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant online continuing competency. Look for our discount on the homepage of RehabEdge.com!
Disclaimer: It is ultimately the responsibility of the practitioner to be aware of changes to their continuing education requirements. Check your state board’s website to insure you are up to date on your requirements, as they frequently change.