Category: Occupational Therapy

JUN
19

Occupational Therapy CE (Nebraska Edition)

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Milestone Continuing Education in the Cornhusker StateOccupational therapists and assistants licensed in Nebraska have an upcoming CE deadline of August 1st. Luckily, OT practitioners in the Cornhusker State are allowed to complete their entire continuing education requirement online, according to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services website (the link takes you directly to the continuing education for OTs/OTAs section).

There's no need to be anxious about getting it all done in time. You can order and complete the 20 hour requirement (of 15 hour requirement if you're an OT assistant) with one easy purchase. Go to Milestone Continuing Education and create your customer account. Then browse through over 800 hours of course material, and after you've selected the titles that best apply to your professional interests, download them to your computer or tablet device and study on the go - no WiFi needed! When you've completed the accompanying study guide, log in to your MCE account online and take the corresponding exam, review your score immediately, and print your Certificate of Completion.

Milestone is an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487) and our courses meet the Nebraska OT board requirements for content specifically related to the practice of occupational therapy. See for yourself! Visit the Course Catalog or contact a CE Specialist for more information at 1-800-709-8820 or info@MilestoneCE.com.

JUN
6

CE for Arkansas Occupational Therapists (& OTAs)

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Arkansas Occupational Therapy CEUs

Arkansas, the "Natural" State, requires all licensed practitioners of occupational therapy to complete ten hours of continuing education by the last day of the practitioner's birth month. OT Assistants have the same CE requirement and deadline as occupational therapists. Licensed practitioners up for renewal have the option of completing their OT or occupational therapy assistant continuing education courses with Online CEUs. As an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487) it is Milestone's job and privilege to offer high quality, affordable, and convenient courses to OTs and OTAs in Arkansas, and across the country! Browse through over 800 hours in the Course Catalog and get on your way to completing your CE requirement today!

For questions, contact one of our CE Specialists at 1-800-709-8820, e-mail info@MilestoneCE.com or opt for our live-chat feature on https://www.MilestoneCE.com/


MAY
21

Louisiana Occupational Therapy CE

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Unlike other occupational therapy practitioners, Louisiana OT therapists and assistants are required to complete their CEUs annually. In order to qualify for renewal, OTs and OTAs licensed in this state must complete 15 contact hours (or 1.5 CEUs) every year. There is no limit to the amount of contact hours that may be taken through online CE providers, as long as they are and AOTA Approved Provider, or are otherwise approved through the AOTA or LOTA.

Milestone Continuing Education Occupational Therapy CEUsMilestone Continuing Education is an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487) and currently offers over 800 hours of OT continuing education courses in convenient PDF or hardcopy formatting with new courses being added throughout the year, all derived from the latest information available in your field to help propel your career to the next level. Eliminate the travel costs and hassles of attending live occupational therapy seminars and choose quality, affordable and convenient continuing education at Milestone CE!

It is our pleasure to provide all of our rehab professionals with summaries of their state-based continuing education requirements, however these rules are often updated. When we discover that a requirement(s) have been changed, we retroactively update these posts to maintain accuracy. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual practitioner to be aware of their CE requirements.

You can verify the information in this post by visiting the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners website, or view the American Occupational Therapy Association's (PDF) summary of continuing education requirements by state. Notice a change in the rules? Help us keep our posts accurate by commenting below!

MAY
9

New Courses for OTs, PTs, & Assistants!

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Course Catalog expansion is very important to Milestone. As an online provider of CE courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors and more, w strive to ensure our practitioners have a wide variety titles to browse through when they have the option to choose home study courses. This week we're announcing not one, but two brand new courses open to our Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy practitioners available for purchase on Monday, May 12th. The details are below, but of course if you find that your questions have not been answered, feel free to contact a CE Specialist at 1-800-709-8820 or via e-mail at info@MilestoneCE.com.

Hand Therapy CEU courses

Hand Therapy

The fully illustrated text has been carefully broken down by sections into 3 modules to better meet your professional needs. Each module is approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your state's approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession). In this updated edition, new information has been added showcasing the newest testing techniques, data on normative values for range of motion, and reliability and validity studies from the current literature. Each chapter features anatomical descriptions supplemented with line drawings of the joints and photographs of the goniometric landmarks.

Physical Agents in Rehabilitation

Physical Agents

This text expands on treatment options and patient safety with sections on thermal agents and electrical currents that reflect clinical application recommendations and the latest research on the topic. Content includes contraindication and precautions boxes with important safety information, upper extremity cases for all physical agent chapters, and application technique boxes with detailed step-by-step instructions for using all physical agents. The course has been carefully divided into 4 modules for your convenience, with each module having been approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education. As with the previous course, be sure to check your state's approval status before purchasing online CEU courses.

Course modules can be purchased individually, or may be grouped into cost-efficient "Bundle Packs" listed after every CEU title in the Course Catalog. Additionally, you may select your preferred method of continuing ed. by choosing between online or mail format options. All Milestone Continuing Education course exams are taken online to offer the benefit of immediate grading and instant access to certificates of completion (upon achieving a passing score of 70% or higher).

Contact a CE Specialist to get started today, or set up your online account, select and purchase your modules and get started with an easy click of your mouse. It's that simple!


APR
15

Occupational Therapy CE (Wyoming Edition)

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This week we're taking a trip to Wyoming to review the Occupational Therapy Continuing Education requirements for licensees in the "Equality State". First thing's first, OTs and OTAs here have an annual deadline of June 1st (although they can still pay a late fee and apply in July when permanent licenses expire). These practitioners are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education through either live seminars or online CE courses - the choice is up to the practitioner.

At Milestone, you have over 800 hours of online CE titles to choose from that are available for download immediately after purchase. And since there is no limit to the number of hours that can be taken via online CE courses, you can fulfill your entire requirement with us! Take your course materials with you wherever you need to go, no WiFi access needed! Then, when you're ready, sign into your account and take the exam (as many times as you need to!) and when you've achieve your desired score - assuming it's 70% or higher - your certificate of completion will appear in your account.

OT Continuing Education couldn't be made simpler! And it gets even better since April is National Occupational Therapy Month! Now until the 30th OTs and OTAs can receive 15% off their continuing education purchase by using promo-code "OTmonth" in the space provided at checkout!

Now on to the fun part! You know how this works: unscramble the words using the helpful hints provided to decode the secret message!

Wyoming Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Requirement

  1. Your State of licensure
  2. AOTA Approved Provider #7487 and the best place for OT continuing education on the internet (or at least we think so!)
  3. You need 16 hours worth of these to apply for licensure (special hint* the first word is the acronym for continuing ed.)
  4. You have one year to complete your CE requirement
  5. Your field of practice
  6. These are more convenient and affordable than live seminars
  7. This helps you remain competent in your field of practice (special hint* the second word is the abbreviation for education)

MAR
27

OT Continuing Education (Connecticut Edition)

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connecticut occupational therapy continuing education requirementOccupational Therapy Awareness Month is just a few days away, so let's explore the rules and regulations for OTs and OTAs in the Constitution State! The original requirements have changed (that's why it's important to ALWAYS check your state board website for the requirements. They're the original source). Occupational therapists are required to complete 24 (formerly 12) hours of CE courses, and OTAs are required to complete 18 (formerly 9) hours of occupational therapy assistant continuing education inside a two year renewal period.

I'm not sure how long it took to finish the constitution, but I do know that with Milestone Continuing Education you can get started on your CE requirement today! Visit our course catalog and explore over 800 hours of online continuing education CEUs derived from the latest edition textbooks available. Choose the title that best suits your professional goals and then choose from online or mail format. Milestone CE courses are compatible with your tablet device, iPad, and your office or home computer. Purchase your courses, download them to your preferred device, and get started. You can even print the entirety of your chosen online course if you care to spend a little less time in front of a computer screen!

Questions or comments? Talk with a friendly CE Specialist today by calling 1-800-709-8820, live chatting on the website between 9a.m. and 4p.m. or e-mailing your questions and comments to info@MilestoneCE.com.

MAR
11

OT Continuing Education (North Dakota Edition)

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North Dakota Occupational Therapists and Assistants need to complete 20 hours of CE courses (or 2.0 CEUs as defined by the board rules) within the two year renewal period. Proof of completion of continuing education credits is due between April 1st and June 1st of even-numbered years. As long as the continuing education courses selected by the licensee relates directly to practice of occupational therapy and enhances their competency on that topic, the board will accept the credits. There is no home study limit so North Dakota OTs and OTAs have the option of completing their entire OT continuing education requirement online.

North Dakota Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses

If you're an OT practitioner licensed in North Dakota, make Milestone CE (AOTA Approved Provider 7487) your first stop for online OT continuing education. With over 800 hours to choose from, and courses from 3, 5, 7, and 10 hours, you will be sure to find the perfect fit for your professional needs. You will also have access to the finest customer service in the industry (if we do say so ourselves)!

Click or call 1-800-709-8820; live chat during regular business hours (9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. EST) or e-mail your questions and comments to info@MilestoneCE.com.

20 Facts for 20 Hours:

  1. Milestone Continuing Education has been an Approved Provider with the AOTA since 2012.
  2. More sunflowers are grown in North Dakota than anywhere else in the U.S.
  3. The AOTA's official motto is: "Live Life to the Fullest"
  4. Your board rules are located here.
  5. Milestone CE courses are downloadable, so you don't need WiFi to access your course materials.
  6. Lewis and Clark first encountered grizzly bears in North Dakota.
  7. Practitioners that don't complete the renewal process by the deadline will be fined.
  8. The AOTA's 94th Annual Conference and Expo begins on April 3rd (two days after your deadline).
  9. Even though a lot of sunflowers are grown in ND, the state flower is actually the wild prairie rose.
  10. The online exam center at Milestone shows you which questions you missed.
  11. ND's state nicknames are: the "peace garden" state; the "flickertail" state; or the "rough rider" state.
  12. Milestone Continuing Education's nickname is Milestone Continuing Education.
  13. The second most spoken language in ND is German (Wikipedia can't be wrong, can it?)
  14. North Dakota is the 39th state.
  15. Milestone offers affordable course bundles (go to the Course Catalog to view your options).
  16. You can follow MCE on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.
  17. The capitol of North Dakota is Bismark, but the largest city is Fargo.
  18. The movie Fargo was actually filmed in Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada.
  19. Our customer service is open 24/7, 365 days a year! Never hesitate to click or call!
  20. April is National Occupational Therapy Month.


Sources: IMDB; Wikipedia (we know, we know...), AOTA.org; MilestoneCE.com; ND Occupational Therapy Board Rules; 50states.com

FEB
18

There's No Place Like Home for Kansas OTs

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Does looking at the Kansas Occupational Therapy Statute make you feel like you're being carried away in a whirlwind? Don't worry, this post will explain the rules and regulations surrounding your occupational therapy continuing education courses, how they are defined, and how to report them in a way that even a scarecrow could understand!

Kansas Occupational Therapy Continuing Education CoursesProof of completion of no less than forty (40) hours of continuing education is due by March 31st of every odd year. The time frame during which they must obtain these hours is a two year period, but proof of OT continuing education activities is not required during even-numbered years. OTs and OTAs must complete the process for renewal between February 15th and April 30th in order to continue practicing for the next two years.

According to the Statute (K.A.R. 100-54-7. Continuing education; license renewal), continuing education options are organized into six (6) classes, each having its own contact hour restriction. This is to ensure that the practitioner has a well-rounded experience with their OT continuing education. The classes are essentially defined as:

  • Class 1: "Participation in Presentations"
This area includes a variety of options, including home study CE courses like those offered here at Milestone CE (1G under Class - I), lectures, symposiums, seminars, panels, and college/university courses (each college course being worth 10 contact hours) . Each of these avenues is defined in the AOTA's Continuing Competence Requirements document, which you can find by clicking the link provided.

  • Class 2: "Inservice Training"
The statute allows four (4) contact hours to be the maximum attainable amount for providing or receiving inservice training.

  • Class 3: "Professional Reading"
In addition to professional educational literature, this category also includes electronic media, audiotapes, and videotapes. A maximum of two (2) hours is allowed for this area of study.

  • Class 4: Professional Publication

The maximum number of contact hours awarded for this area of OT continuing education depends on the nature of the publication itself. If you publish an "original paper" or a book inside the two year renewal period, the maximum number of contact hours that can be expected is thirty (30). If you publish reviews, abstracts or case reports, the maximum allotted is fifteen (15).

  • Class 5: Instructor Credit
If the practitioner instructs any of the options within the class 1 category, continuing education credit will be awarded. However, it is only a maximum of three (3) contact hours per topic. If the practitioner wishes to receive more than three contact hours from this class, they must instruct multiple courses on different areas of focus (see the statute for details: KS Stat ยง65-5412).

  • Class 6: Supervision of Level 2 Students (Fieldwork)
The specifications of this category require the practitioner to supervise level 2 students during full-time fieldwork for a period of at least six weeks in order to obtain the maximum of five (5) contact hours. Ten (10) contact hours are awarded for this class if the supervision takes place over twelve weeks.

Now this is where OTs and OTAs need to stick to the golden brick road to avoid confusion surrounding the classes. In order to obtain the full forty hour requirement, they must obtain a certain number of hours from a combination of the classes. A minimum of thirty (30) hours of OT continuing education may come from categories 1, 4 and 5 combined. Class 1 alone is limited to a maximum of twenty (20) hours. A maximum of eight (8) hours may come from category 2, and a maximum of two (2) hours may come from category three. A maximum of thirty (30) hours may come from category five, and finally a maximum of ten (10) hours may come from category six. Are you still with me, or did you fall asleep in the poppy field?

Some of the classes have special reporting methods that are important to note in advance. For example, classes one and two require documented proof of attendance. Personal verification is required for participation in class three. The OT practitioner must provide copies of all published materials (class four), and employer verification is necessary to receive credit for participation in class six.

Milestone Continuing Education, an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487), offers over 800 hours of Class 1 online continuing education CE courses ready and waiting to add some convenience to your busy life. All of the course material is derived from the latest textbooks available in your area of practice; Milestone CE never repackages old information! Our goal is to offer quality, convenient, and affordable CE courses that will build up your knowledge to better assist your patients in living life to the fullest (recognize that motto?). The best part is, you can complete the allotted hours for online CE courses within your OT continuing education requirement at home - and you don't even need to click your heels together!

Browse the Course Catalog and get started today! Or contact a friendly Milestone representative who is waiting to assist you in getting started with our CE courses: 1-800-709-8820.


JAN
29

Occupational Therapy CE (Rhode Island Edition)

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Rhode Island occupational therapy practitioners have an upcoming license renewal deadline of March 31st! Both OTs and OTAs are required to complete 20 hours of occupational therapy continuing education within the two year renewal period OR ELSE! The moral of this short story is: don't let your license expire without your CEUs! Now let's get into the details...

Rhode Island Occupational Therapy CE

If you're a busy OT or OTA in Rhode Island and are considering self-directed CE look no further than Milestone Continuing Education. As an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487), all OT and occupational therapy assistant continuing education courses are automatically accepted by the Rhode Island Department of Health for license renewal. Milestone currently offers over 750 hours of online or mail format CE courses specifically designed to enhance the workplace performance and skill of OTs and OTAs. Each course is created from the most recent studies available in the field, and is formatted for flexibility and convenience.

The best part is that you can purchase and complete your entire requirement from Milestone with a 20 contact hour bundle pack. What better way to complete your CE requirement than on your own schedule at an affordable price? See for yourself! Visit the Course Catalog and get started today!

Keep in mind that the Rhode Island Department of Health has separated their continuing education requirements into four categories. The first category in comprised of college/institute courses, workshops, and other formal of formal occupational therapy CE. The second category is our specialty! Category two is self-directed study which includes online OT continuing education courses. Category three is formal/clinical presentation and category four are activities considered to be "exceptional contributions to professional development" such as publishing a book, article or chapter. Each of these carries its own CE hour weight, so check the RI board website for details.

Our knowledgeable staff is standing by to answer your questions. Live chat, e-mail or contact us toll-free at 1-800-709-8820.

DEC
30

OT Continuing Education (Oregon Edition)

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Five months away may seem like plenty of time to work out your CE requirement, but don't forget time is very sneaky and loves to surprise people with upcoming deadlines! That means it's a good idea to think ahead and start planning for your CE requirement in advance!

Oregon Occupational Therapy CE

Oregon occupational therapy practitioners that have been licensed for two or more years are required to submit 30 hours of OT continuing education (or occupational therapy assistant continuing education). This requirement must be fulfilled by May 1st of even numbered years. OTs that have been licensed under 2 years are only required to submit 15 hours of CE courses. The 30 hour requirement is converted into a point system in Oregon - 1 point equaling 1 contact hour.

OT practitioners should also note that the requirement is broken down into 18 categories with specific limitations - those being that 16 to 30 of the required CE points must come from categories 1-11, and no more than 14 of the required CE points may come from categories 12-18. Practitioners must provide proof that they have successfully completed their requirement in the form of documentation; i.e. - a Certificate of Completion. Details about the categories and other information can be found on the Oregon Occupation Therapy Licensing Board website.

The board automatically accepts AOTA Approved Providers, and you happen to be looking at one! Milestone Continuing Education (AOTA Approved Provider 7487) has hundreds of hours of continuing education for our occupational therapy practitioners to choose from in our extensive Course Catalog. After you select your CE courses, all you have to do is create your account, purchase your CEUs, and get started! As with all of our online CE courses, our OT continuing education courses are designed to fit into your life seamlessly. Download and print your courses or instantly access them via your computer or tablet. Next take the corresponding online exam, pass it with a 70% or higher, and you're done! Your certificate of completion will automatically appear in your account where it is permanently stored so you can access it whenever you need it.

Another useful feature on the Milestone website is our Live Chat option. Chat with us during regular business hours, or call our toll-free number 1-800-709-8820 any time of day or night (the Internet doesn't close and neither do we!). We want to make sure no question goes unanswered so don't be hesitant to Contact Us. Want to learn more? Please check out our Mission Statement and visit ourwebsite.