North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

The North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice is a five member board appointed by the Governor to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of North Dakota.

Occupational therapy is the evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficiencies, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities or anticipated dysfunction. 

OT and OTA licenses expire June 30, 2014! A completed 2014/2016 Renewal of License form, renewal fee, and 20 hours of continued competency verification must be submitted to the Board office, postmarked on or before June 1, 2014. For renewals postmarked after June 1, 2014, a $100 late fee will be assessed in addition to the renewal fee.
2014/2016 Renewal of License form

The Board has updated several sections of the ND Administrative Rules governing Occupational Therapy Practice. Updates were made to the initial license requirements, continued competency for authoring professional publications, acceptance of fieldwork education for continued competency, new supervision requirements and completion of a supervision plan for all practicing OTAs, and the scope of practice. The Administrative Rules may be viewed on the Laws & Rules page or by contacting the Board office for a copy.
CONTINUED COMPETENCY TIMELINE: Continued competency is valid if it was earned within 24 months prior to the date your 2014-2016 renewal application is received by the Board office. For example, if your renewal is received in the office on May 23, 2014 and your continued competency is from April 21, 2012 and May 29, 2012. The May 29th course would count because it is within 24 months prior to May 23, 2014. The April 21st course would not count since it is not within 24 months of that date. The 2014/2016 renewal period is for two years ending June 30, 2014. 

Verification may include a certificate of completion, or completed Individual Licenseholder’s Continued Competency Attendance form, or a statement of your attendance signed by your supervisor. Verification must contain your name, title, and date of the program and number of contact hours. Continued competency must be directly related to or supportive of occupational therapy practice. It must enhance the OT’s or OTA’s professional development and competence and be specific to the licensee’s current area of practice. CPR, Infection Control, General or Fire Safety, computer or computer program classes, attendance at committee meetings, and cultural or entertainment events are not acceptable for continued competency! Additional information can be found on the Continued Competency page.

Fieldwork Supervision NOW accepted! Effective April 1, 2014, direct supervision of OT students doing level II fieldwork can now be submitted for continued competency. The OT must be the primary supervisor and supervision cannot be the primary job responsibility. The OT supervisor must submit a record of the students supervised with dates and times along with a certificate of the supervision from the OT program. No more than 12 contact hours can be earned in a licensing period.

A course cannot be submitted more than once. If you used any course for the last renewal, you cannot use it for this renewal. Hours do not carry over from one renewal period to another. However, the late fee still goes into effect if everything (renewal form, fee, and 20 hours of CE) is not postmarked on or before June 1, 2014.

ATTENTION ALL NEW GRADS!: According to the Board's continued competency criteria, those who have graduated with a degree in occupational therapy during the licensing period (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014) may use their academic coursework as continued competency for renewal. Submit a copy of your transcript with the renewal application.

If you were initially licensed from 7-01-2013 to 12-31-2013, you will only need 10 contact hours. If you were licensed before 7-01-2013, you will need to submit 20 hours of continued competency verification.

The Board has adopted new rules for the supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants. OTAs no longer have a specific time requirement that they need to be supervised. OTAs and the supervising OT should modify the supervision to the appropriate quality and frequency the OTA needs to ensure safe and effective OT service delivery.

Each OTA and supervising OT will need to make a written supervision plan to document the services provided by the OTA, the frequency and methods of supervision, and periodic evaluation. DO NOT SEND THE PLAN TO THE BOARD OFFICE NOW! OTAs should keep the supervision plan on file. This summer, the Board will send out letters to 10% of OTAs to submit their plan to the Board office to be audited. The audited plans will be reviewed by the Board for completion and sufficiency. The Board will only audit plans every 2 years but OTAs should have a new plan completed every year.

Supervision Plan Guidelines
Sample format for Supervision Plan


North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
P.O. Box 4005 - Bismarck, ND 58502-4005 Voice: (701) 250-0847 Fax: (701) 224-9824
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