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Continuing Education Requirements for Certified Hand Therapists

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) is the governing body that is responsible for credentialing certified hand therapists (CHT). In order to maintain the CHT credential, a CHT must accumulate a minimum of 80 contact hours of professional development activities with a minimum of 36 hours in clinical hand therapy programs (category A) during their five-year accrual period.

All Courses offered to Certified Hand Therapists via Exploring Hand Therapy are accepted.

Exploring Hand Therapy  is an approved provider of the American Occpational Therapy Association.

OnlineCE is an approved provider of the AOTA



The Hand Therapy Certification Commission does not pre-approve individual courses. Online continuing education credits are accepted under the following categories.

Category A - Formal courses in Upper Quarter Therapy -a minimum of 3 hrs in length. Thirty-six hours (36), per 5 year accrual cycle, are required or all 80 hours may be submitted in this category.

Category B - Informal courses in Upper Quarter Therapy - less than 3 hrs in length. A maximum of 30 hours, per 5 year cycle, can be obtained in this category.

Category C - Formal courses with General OT or PT Content. A maximum of 30 hours, per 5 year cycle, can be obtained in this category. This category encompasses educational materials that address the clinical application of general occupational or physical therapy knowledge.

 


Continuing Education Requirements for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants

Continuing Education Requirements by NBCOT

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the national governing body responsible for credentialing Occupational Therapists (OTR) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA). In order to maintain current certification as an OTR or OTA, therapists must meet all NBCOT continuing education (CE) requirements. A total of thirty-six (36) professional development units beginning and throughout a three year cycle are required. These units can be earned through a variety of professional development activities including internet coursework. A maximum of 36 hours can be obtained through independent learning through online education.

Continuing Education Requirements by State

Continuing Education requirements for license renewal vary among States and are subject to change without notice. Please keep in mind that you should always check with your local Board for confirmation or prior approval for authorization for course credit. If your individual state Board does not require CEU, you will still need to satisfy NBCOT CE requirements in order to use the credential OTR or OTA as an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant.
UNITED STATES REQUIREMENTS
STATE CONTACT HOURS REQUIRED ONLINE CREDIT
ALABAMA OT: 30 biennially
OTA: 20 biennially
Accepts online education.
ALASKA OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 12 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
ARIZONA OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 12 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
ARKANSAS OT: 10 hrs annually
OTA: 10 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
CALIFORNIA No Current State CE Requirements
OT/OTA: 12 hours of CE will be required in 2006
Accepts 36 hrs of online educationfor NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification. Post professional CE required for Advanced Practice Act for hand therapy, physical agent modalities, and /or swallowing assessments, evaluation or intervention.
COLORADO No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
CONNECTICUT OT: 12 hrs biennially
OTA: 9 hrs biennally
Home Study not accepted.
DELAWARE OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Accepts 10 hours of online education.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 12 hrs biennally
Accepts online education.
FLORIDA OT: 26 hrs biennially
OTA: 26 hrs biennially
Accepts 12 hrs of online education. Requires 1 hr in Aids/HIV. Requires 2 hrs in Prevention of Medical Errors. Requires 2 hrs in Florida laws and rules for OT.
GEORGIA OT: 12 hrs biennially
OTA: 12 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
HAWAII No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
IDAHO No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
ILLINIOS OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 24 hrs biennially
Accepts 4 hrs of online education.
INDIANA No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
IOWA OT: 30 hrs biennially
OTA: 15 hours biennally
Accepts online education.
KANSAS OT: 40 hrs biennially
OTA: 40 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
KENTUCKY OT: 12 hrs annually
OTA: 12 hrs annually
Accepts 6 hrs of online education.
LOUISIANA OT: 15 hrs annually
OTA: 15 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
MAINE OT: 36 hrs biennially
OTA: 36 hrs biennially
Accepts 10 hours of online education.
MARYLAND OT: 24 biennially
OTA: 24 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
MASSACHUSETTS No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
MICHIGAN No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
MINNESOTA OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 18 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
MISSISSIPPI OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Acceptsonline education.
MISSOURI OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 24 hrs biennially
Accepts 12 hrs of online education.
MONTANA OT: 10 hrs annually
OTA: 10 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
NEBRASKA OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 15 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
NEVADA OT: 10 hrs annually
OTA: 10 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
NEW HAMPSHIRE OT: 24 hrs annually
OTA: 24 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
NEW JERSEY No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online educationfor NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
NEW MEXICO OT: 20 hrs annually
OTA: 20 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
NEW YORK No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
NORTH CAROLINA OT: 15 hrs annually
OTA: 10 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
NORTH DAKOTA OT: 10 hrs annually
OTA: 10 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
OHIO OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
OKLAHOMA OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
OREGON OT: 30 hrs annually
OTA: 30 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
PENNSYLVANIA No State CE Requirements Accepts 18 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
RHODE ISLAND OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
SOUTH CAROLINA OT: 16 hrs biennially
OTA: 16 hrs biennially
Acceptsonline education.
SOUTH DAKOTA OT: 12 hrs annually
OTA: 12 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
TENNESSEE No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online educationfor NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
TEXAS OT: 30 hrs biennially
OTA: 30 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
UTAH No State CE Requirements Accepts 36 hrs of online education for NBCOT - OTR/COTA National Recertification.
VERMONT OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: 20 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
VIRGINIA OT: 20 hrs biennially
OTA: No Requirements
Accepts online education.
WASHINGTON OT: 30 hrs biennially
OTA: 30 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
WEST VIRGINIA OT: 12 hrs annually
OTA: 12 hrs annually
Accepts online education.
WISCONSIN OT: 24 hrs biennially
OTA: 24 hrs biennially
Accepts online education.
WYOMING OT: 16 hrs annually
OTA: 16 hrs annually
Acceptsonline education.

-Information for state requirements obtained from NCBOT
-Information for CHT requirements obtained from HTCC

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