Subch. VII of ch. 448 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also OT, Wis. adm. code.
448.96 448.96 Definitions. In this subchapter:
448.96(1) (1)“Affiliated credentialing board" means the occupational therapists affiliated credentialing board.
448.96(2) (2)“Licensee" means an individual granted a license under this subchapter.
448.96(3) (3)“Occupation" means intentional, action-oriented behavior that is personally meaningful to an individual and that is determined by the individual's characteristics, culture and environment.
448.96(4) (4)“Occupational therapist" means an individual who is licensed by the affiliated credentialing board to practice occupational therapy.
448.96(5) (5)“Occupational therapy" means the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations to evaluate and treat individuals of all ages who have a disease, disorder, impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles and environments and to promote health and wellness.
448.96(6) (6)“Occupational therapy assistant" means an individual who is licensed by the affiliated credentialing board to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
448.96 History History: 1999 a. 180 ss. 20, 22, 56.
448.961 448.961 License required.
448.961(1)(1)Except as provided in s. 448.962 (1), a person who is not licensed as an occupational therapist may not practice occupational therapy, designate himself or herself as an occupational therapist, claim to render occupational therapy services or use the abbreviation “O.T." or “O.T.R." after the person's name.
448.961(2) (2)Except as provided in s. 448.962 (2) a person who is not licensed as an occupational therapy assistant may not assist in the practice of occupational therapy, describe himself or herself as an occupational therapy assistant or claim to render occupational therapy services as an occupational therapy assistant or use the abbreviation “O.T.A." or “C.O.T.A." after the person's name.
448.961 History History: 1999 a. 180 ss. 24, 28, 56.
448.961 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. OT 4, Wis. adm. code.
448.962 448.962 Applicability. This subchapter does not do any of the following:
448.962(1) (1)Require any of the following to be licensed as an occupational therapist:
448.962(1)(a) (a) Any person employed as an occupational therapist by a federal agency, as defined under s. 59.57 (2) (c) 1., if the person provides occupational therapy solely under the direction or control of the federal agency by which he or she is employed.
448.962(1)(b) (b) Any person pursuing a supervised course of study, including internship, leading to a degree or certificate in occupational therapy under an accredited or approved educational program, if the person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee.
448.962(1)(c) (c) Any person performing occupational therapy services in this state under a limited permit, as provided under s. 448.963 (4), if at least one of the following applies:
448.962(1)(c)1. 1. The person is licensed or certified as an occupational therapist under the law of another state which has licensure or certification requirements that are determined by the board to be at least as stringent as the requirements of this subchapter.
448.962(1)(c)2. 2. The person meets the requirements for initial certification as an occupational therapist, registered, established by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
448.962(1)(d) (d) Any person lawfully practicing within the scope of a license, permit, registration or certification granted by this state or the federal government.
448.962(1)(e) (e) Any person assisting an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in practice under the direct, immediate and on-premises supervision of the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.
448.962(2) (2)Require any of the following to be licensed as an occupational therapy assistant:
448.962(2)(a) (a) Any person employed as an occupational therapy assistant by a federal agency, as defined under s. 59.57 (2) (c) 1., if the person provides occupational therapy solely under the direction or control of the federal agency by which he or she is employed.
448.962(2)(b) (b) Any person pursuing a supervised course of study leading to a degree or certificate in occupational therapy assistantship under an approved educational program, if the person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee.
448.962(2)(c) (c) Any person performing occupational therapy services in this state under a limited permit, as provided under s. 448.963 (4), if at least one of the following applies:
448.962(2)(c)1. 1. The person is licensed or certified as an occupational therapy assistant under the law of another state which has licensure or certification requirements that are determined by the board to be at least as stringent as the requirements of this subchapter.
448.962(2)(c)2. 2. The person meets the requirements for initial certification as a certified occupational therapy assistant, established by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
448.962(2)(d) (d) Any person lawfully practicing within the scope of a license, permit, registration or certification granted by this state or the federal government.
448.962 History History: 1999 a. 180 ss. 25 to 31, 56.
448.962 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. OT 4, Wis. adm. code.
448.963 448.963 Licensure requirements; limited permits.
448.963(1)(1)An applicant for a license granted under this subchapter shall do each of the following:
448.963(1)(a) (a) Submit an application for the license to the department on a form provided by the department.
448.963(1)(b) (b) Pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1).
448.963(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board shall grant a license as an occupational therapist to a person who does all of the following:
448.963(2)(a) (a) Satisfies the requirements under sub. (1).
448.963(2)(b) (b) Submits evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that he or she has done any of the following:
448.963(2)(b)1. 1. Successfully completed the academic requirements and supervised internship of an educational program in occupational therapy recognized by the affiliated credentialing board and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
448.963(2)(b)2. 2. Received initial certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
448.963(2)(b)3. 3. Been initially certified as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, if the affiliated credentialing board determines that the requirements for the certification are equivalent to the requirements under subds. 1. and 2.
448.963(2)(c) (c) Passes an examination under s. 448.964.
448.963(3) (3)The affiliated credentialing board shall grant a license as an occupational therapy assistant to a person who does all of the following:
448.963(3)(a) (a) Satisfies the requirements under sub. (1).
448.963(3)(b) (b) Submits evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that he or she has done any of the following:
448.963(3)(b)1. 1. Successfully completed the academic requirements and supervised internship of an educational program in occupational therapy recognized by the affiliated credentialing board and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
448.963(3)(b)2. 2. Received initial certification as an occupational therapy assistant by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
448.963(3)(b)3. 3. Been initially certified as an occupational therapy assistant by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, if the affiliated credentialing board determines that the requirements for the certification are equivalent to the requirements under subds. 1. and 2.
448.963(3)(c) (c) Passes an examination under s. 448.964.
448.963(4) (4)The affiliated credentialing board may, upon application, issue a permit for a limited period of time designated by the affiliated credentialing board to any of the following:
448.963(4)(a) (a) A person who presents evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board of having met the requirements under sub. (2) (b) 1. or 2., to practice occupational therapy in association with an occupational therapist.
448.963(4)(b) (b) A person who presents evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board of having met the requirements under sub. (3) (b) 1. or 2., to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
448.963 History History: 1999 a. 180 ss. 36, 38, 41, 42, 45, 56.
448.963 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. OT 2, Wis. adm. code.
448.964 448.964 Examination.
448.964(1)(1)The affiliated credentialing board shall conduct or arrange for examinations required for occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant licensure under s. 448.963 (2) (c) and (3) (c) at times and places determined by the affiliated credentialing board.
448.964(2) (2)Examinations under sub. (1) may consist of written or oral tests, or both, and shall require applicants to demonstrate each of the following:
448.964(2)(a) (a) Minimum competency in subjects substantially related to the practice of occupational therapy and assisting in the practice of occupational therapy.
448.964(2)(b) (b) Ability to practice occupational therapy or assist in the practice of occupational therapy with reasonable skill and safety.
448.964 History History: 1999 a. 180.
448.964 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. OT 2, Wis. adm. code.
448.965 448.965 Duties and powers of affiliated credentialing board.
448.965(1)(1)The affiliated credentialing board shall promulgate rules that establish each of the following:
448.965(1)(a) (a) Standards for acceptable examination performance by an applicant for licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.
448.965(1)(b) (b) Continuing education requirements for license renewal for an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant under s. 448.967 (2).
448.965(1)(c) (c) Standards of practice for occupational therapy, including a code of ethics and criteria for referral.
448.965(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board may promulgate rules that define the scope of practice of occupational therapy or the scope of assisting in the practice of occupational therapy.
448.965 History History: 1999 a. 180 s. 51 to 53, 56.
448.965 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also OT, Wis. adm. code.
448.966 448.966 Reciprocal licensure.
448.966(1)(1)Upon application and payment of the fee specified in s. 440.05 (2), the affiliated credentialing board shall grant a license as an occupational therapist to a person who holds a similar certificate or license in another state or territory of the United States if the affiliated credentialing board determines that the requirements for receiving the certificate or license in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 448.963 (2).
448.966(2) (2)Upon application and payment of the fee specified in s. 440.05 (2), the affiliated credentialing board shall grant a license as an occupational therapy assistant to a person who holds a similar certificate or license in another state or territory of the United States if the affiliated credentialing board determines that the requirements for receiving the certificate or license in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 448.963 (3).
448.966 History History: 1999 a. 180.
448.967 448.967 Issuance of license; expiration and renewal.
448.967(1)(1)The department shall issue a certificate of licensure to each person who is licensed under this subchapter.
448.967(2) (2)The renewal dates for licenses granted under this subchapter are specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a). Renewal applications shall be submitted to the department on a form provided by the department and shall include the renewal fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a) and a statement attesting compliance with the continuing education requirements established in rules promulgated under s. 448.965 (1) (b).
448.967 History History: 1999 a. 180; 2007 a. 20.
448.967 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. OT 3, Wis. adm. code.
448.968 448.968 Disciplinary proceedings and actions.
448.968(1)(1)Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the affiliated credentialing board may make investigations and conduct hearings to determine whether a violation of this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter has occurred.
448.968(2) (2)Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the affiliated credentialing board may reprimand a licensee or deny, limit, suspend or revoke a license granted under this subchapter if it finds that the applicant or licensee has done any of the following:
448.968(2)(a) (a) Made a material misstatement in an application for a license or for renewal of a license.
448.968(2)(b) (b) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, been convicted of an offense the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of occupational therapy or assisting in the practice of occupational therapy.
448.968(2)(c) (c) Advertised in a manner that is false, deceptive or misleading.
448.968(2)(d) (d) Advertised, practiced or attempted to practice under another's name.
448.968(2)(e) (e) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.34, practiced occupational therapy or assisted in the practice of occupational therapy while his or her ability to practice was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
448.968(2)(f) (f) Engaged in unprofessional or unethical conduct in violation of the code of ethics established in the rules promulgated under s. 448.965 (1) (c).
448.968(2)(g) (g) Engaged in conduct while practicing occupational therapy or assisting in the practice of occupational therapy that evidences a lack of knowledge or ability to apply professional principles or skills.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)