Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 671-3-.13 - Licensure and PAM certification of veterans and military spouses

(1) As used in this Rule:
(a) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(b) "Military spouse" means the spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.
(c) "OT" or "occupational therapist" means a person licensed to practice occupational therapy as defined in O.C.G.A. Chapter 28 of Title 43.
(d) "OTA" or "occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist a licensed occupational therapist in the practice of occupational therapy, as defined in O.C.G.A Chapter 28 of Title 43, under the supervision of or with the consultation of an occupational therapist whose license is in good standing.
(e) "Physical agent modalities" or "PAMs" means the occupational therapy techniques that involve and utilize physical agent modalities as stated in the provisions of O.C.G.A. §§ 43-28-3 and 43-28-8.1.
(f) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(g) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military or active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
(2) Licensure by reciprocity of service members, transitioning service members, and military spouses. A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may qualify for a license by reciprocity where the applicant:
(a) holds a license in good standing from another state for which the training, experience, and testing substantially meet or exceed the requirements under Georgia law to obtain a license as a OT or OTA;
(b) submits to the Board a verification of licensure from the appropriate licensing agency of another state showing that the applicant's active licensure is in good standing in that state;
(c) submits documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse.
(d) submits a completed application for licensure by reciprocity on a form approved by the Board, pays the required fee, and requests a license by reciprocity.
(3) Certification for utilization of occupational therapy techniques involving physical agent modalities ("PAMs") of service members, transitioning service members, and military spouses. A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may qualify to obtain PAM certification from the Board if he or she:
(a) is licensed in Georgia as a OT or OTA;
(b) has obtained certification and/or training in the use of PAMs while a service member which certification and/or training substantially meets or exceeds the requirements to obtain such certification in Georgia under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 43-28-8.1 and Board rules.
(c) submits documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse.
(d) submits a completed application for PAM certification on a form approved by the Board and pays the required fee.
(4) Limited permits for service members, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
(a) A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may qualify for a temporary permit issued by the Board, as authorized by the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 43-28-12, if the applicant has taken the licensing examination and the applicant has:
1. completed the education and experience requirements for licensure as stated in the Board's statute and rules or has obtained training or experience in the military while a service member which substantially meets or exceeds the requirements to obtain a license in Georgia;
2. submitted a completed application for licensure on a form approved by the Board and has paid the required fee;
3. submitted documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse.
(b) The limited permit issued by the Board shall allow the applicant to practice occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist who holds a current Georgia license, subject to the conditions of Rule 671-3-.06:

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 671-3-.13
O.C.G.A. §§ 43-1-34, 43-28-7, 43-28-8, 43-28-9, 43-28-10, 43-28-11, 43-28-8.1, 43-28-12, 43-28-15.
Original Rule entitled "Licensure and PAM certification of veterans and military spouses" adopted. F. Aug. 31, 2017; eff. Sept. 20, 2017.

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