Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently signed Executive Order No. 22-04 to avoid a healthcare workforce shortage emergency. This Executive Order relates to criminal background checks by fingerprint and only affects licensing for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, licensed independent mental health practitioners, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has issued Executive Order 22-05, to expire on December 31, 2022. Executive Order 22-02, which is currently scheduled to expire on September 30, 2022, shall remain in effect through December 31, 2022 and the identical statutory waivers and conditions contained within Executive Orders 21-12 and 21-15 that were extended by Executive Order 22-02 shall remain in effect through December 31, 2022, except that Medication Aide renewals will no longer be deferred after March 31, 2022. You can view the Executive Order here. See all Governor's Executive Orders here.
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational Therapy gives people the "skills for the job of living" they need to live satisfying lives. Services typically include:
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.
Nebraska regulations require Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to obtain certification to administer physical agent modalities (PAMs). If you want to administer Superficial Thermal, Deep Thermal, or Electrotherapeutic Agent Modalities, you must obtain a certification.
The following forms may be completed online. They must be printed and physically signed. Mail completed, signed forms to the address on the form.
Requirements: Regulations relating to licensure of Occupational Therapy in the State of Nebraska
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Please see the
regulations for additional criteria for continuing education.
Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant licenses expire August 1 of each even-numbered year. The Licensure Unit will send the license holder a renewal notice and affidavit of continuing education at least 30 days before August 1 of each even-numbered year to the license holder's last address of record.
Please see the
regulations governing licensure of Occupational Therapists for more information.
Occupational Therapy Assistants may only be certified to set up and implement superficial thermal agent modalities. Occupational Therapists can be certified in one, a combination, or all three types of physical modality certifications.
Contact Information for Board-approved Training Courses:
Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, LLC
Register online: www.pampca.orgNebraska Physical AgentModalities Testing Service4010 Ivy DriveNashville TN 37216-2918Phone: (615) 414-8473Fax: (615) 460-6475E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Hand Therapy dba Treatment2Go
1184 79th Street SouthSt. Petersburg FL 33707Phone: (727) 341-1674E-mail: email@example.comWeb: www.liveconferences.comDirect links to PAMS
College of St. Mary
7000 Mercy RoadOmaha NE 68106Phone: (402- 399-2314E-mail: Truppert@csm.edu
Advisory opinion: Board Opinion on the Use of OTAs as Patient Care Technicians
DHHS Licensure UnitAttn: Occupational Therapy
PO Box 94986 Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building301 Centennial Mall South14th & M Streets, 1st FloorLincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.