Navigating the ever-shifting rules of continuing education requirements can be downright headache inducing at times. Required hours, approved providers, home study limitations, course types and topics…Blech. We know you’re busy with not a lot of time to dig through websites and regulations to find the information you need, so we try to make it easier by boiling down some of the more persnickity state requirements into something easier to digest.
Today we’re going to chart the way through continuing education requirements for occupational therapists in our own back yard: The great state of Texas!
Hours Required and Approved Providers
Ok, lets get the easy stuff out of the way: OTs and OTAs in Texas need to complete 30 hours of CEs every 2 years. The deadline falls on the last day of your birth month every other year. Easy enough to remember. The Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners has deemed that “Type 1 and Type 2 educational activities approved or offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Texas Occupational Therapy Association are pre-approved by the board”. There are no home study limits set by the state but each course must have a post-test and a certificate of completion.
Since we’re an AOTA approved provider and all our courses provide a post-test certificate, you can complete your entire 30 hours online with HomeCEUConnection.com. Yay!
Type 1 VS Type 2 Courses
So what type of courses do you need? Well, the maximum number of Type 1 hours you can take is 15. The remainder must be Type 2. You’re also free to make all of your hours Type 2.
This is where things get a little tricky. While the Texas board has stated that certain types of courses fall under Type 1 or Type 2 category, they don’t actually say “Yes, that course is approved”. They do, however, have a handy Decision Tree that you can use to determine what type of course is approved for which category. Here are a few sample topics for each type:
|Sample Type 1 Topics – Maximum 15 hours
Topics are relevant or related to OT, but general enough that other professionals might also benefit
|Sample Type 2 Topics – Minimum 15 hours
Topics are specific to the practice of occupational therapy with patients or clients.
|Seminar on Alzheimer’s||Feeding for Patients with Dysphagia|
|Functional Independence Measures Training||Management of the Shoulder|
|Presentation on Medicare/Medicaid Changes||Physical Agent Modalities for Hand Patients|
|CPT Coding||Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques|
Courses that don’t fall into Type 1 or Type 2 are ones like social work courses, grant writing workshops, weight management and nutrition or repetitive facility-based courses (CPR, HIPAA & FERPA, patient privacy etc) and therefore do not count towards your 30 hours.
So there you have it, your OT continuing education rules in kind of a nutshell. We have a course catalog filled with hours of great Type 1 and Type 2 courses. If you have any questions or really just want to hear the lovely Miss Shana’s voice (she has the dulcet tones of an angel, trust me), give us a call at 1.800.554.2387.