2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 40.5 - Occupational Therapy Practice Act
§ 12-40.5-106.5. Occupational therapy assistants - licensure - application - qualifications - rules
(1) Educational and experiential requirements. Every applicant for a license as an occupational therapy assistant must have:
(a) Successfully completed the academic requirements of an educational program for occupational therapy assistants that is offered by an institution of higher education and accredited by a national, regional, or state agency recognized by the United States secretary of education, or another such program accredited thereby and approved by the director.
(b) Successfully completed a minimum period of supervised fieldwork experience required by the recognized educational institution where the applicant met the academic requirements described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1). The minimum period of fieldwork experience for an occupational therapy assistant is sixteen weeks of supervised fieldwork experience or satisfaction of any generally recognized past standards that identified minimum fieldwork requirements at the time of graduation.
(2) Application. (a) When an applicant has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the applicant may apply for licensure upon payment of a fee in an amount determined by the director.
(b) The applicant must submit an application in the form and manner designated by the director.
(3) Examination. Each applicant must pass a nationally recognized examination, approved by the director, that measures the minimum level of competence necessary for public health, safety, and welfare.
(4) Licensure. When an applicant has fulfilled the requirements of subsections (1) to (3) of this section, the director shall issue a license to the applicant; except that the director may deny a license if the applicant has committed any act that would be grounds for disciplinary action under section 12-40.5-110.
(5) Licensure by endorsement. (a) An applicant for licensure by endorsement must file an application and pay a fee as prescribed by the director and must hold a current, valid license or registration in a jurisdiction that requires qualifications substantially equivalent to those required for licensure by subsection (1) of this section.
(b) An applicant for licensure by endorsement must submit with the application verification that the applicant has actively practiced as an occupational therapy assistant for a period of time determined by rules of the director or otherwise maintained competency as an occupational therapy assistant as determined by the director.
(c) Upon receipt of all documents required by paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection (5), the director shall review the application and make a determination of the applicant's qualification to be licensed by endorsement as an occupational therapy assistant.
(d) The director may deny the license if the applicant has committed an act that would be grounds for disciplinary action under section 12-40.5-110.
(6) License renewal. (a) An occupational therapy assistant must renew his or her license issued under this article according to a schedule of renewal dates established by the director. The occupational therapy assistant must submit an application in the form and manner designated by the director and shall pay a renewal fee in an amount determined by the director.
(b) Licenses are renewed or reinstated in accordance with the schedule established by the director, and the director shall grant a renewal or reinstatement pursuant to section 24-34-102 (8), C.R.S. The director may establish renewal fees and delinquency fees for reinstatement pursuant to section 24-34-105, C.R.S. If an occupational therapy assistant fails to renew his or her license pursuant to the schedule established by the director, the license expires. Any person whose license expires is subject to the penalties provided in this article or section 24-34-102 (8), C.R.S., for reinstatement.
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