licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant shall
pass the certification examination for occupational therapist or the
certification examination for occupational therapy assistant of the national
board for certification in occupational therapy, and shall complete an open
book examination on statutes and rules governing the practice of occupational
therapy in Wisconsin.
applicant may be required to complete an oral examination if the applicant
meets any of the following criteria:
(a) Has a
medical condition which in any way impairs or limits the applicant's ability to
practice occupational therapy with reasonable skill and safety.
(b) Uses chemical substances so as to impair
in any way the applicant's ability to practice occupational therapy with
reasonable skill and safety.
Has been disciplined or had licensure denied by a licensing or regulatory
authority in Wisconsin or another jurisdiction.
(d) Has been convicted of a crime the
circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of occupational
(e) Has not practiced
occupational therapy for a period of 5 years prior to application, unless the
applicant has graduated from a school of occupational therapy within that
period. Practice for the purposes of this paragraph includes direct client
treatment and education, occupational therapy instruction in an occupational
therapy academic program recognized by the board, occupational therapy
research, and service in administrative positions for health care providers or
governmental bodies with responsibility relating to occupational
(f) Has been found
negligent in the practice of occupational therapy or has been a party in a
lawsuit in which it was alleged that the applicant has been negligent in the
practice of occupational therapy.
(g) Has been diagnosed as suffering from
pedophilia, exhibitionism or voyeurism.
(h) Has within the past 2 years engaged in
the illegal use of controlled substances.
(i) Has been subject to adverse formal action
during the course of occupational therapy education, postgraduate training,
hospital practice, or other occupational therapy employment.
(j) Has graduated from an occupational
therapy school not approved by the board.
(3)An application filed under s. OT 2.01s
hallbe reviewed by an application review panel of at least 2 board members
designated by the chairperson of the board. The panel shall determine whether
the applicant is eligible for a license without completing an oral
(4)All written or oral
examinations shall be conducted in the English language.
(5)If both written and oral examinations are
required they shall be scored separately and the applicant shall achieve a
passing grade on all examinations to qualify for a license.
(6)The board shall notify each applicant
eligible for examination of the time and place scheduled for that applicant's
examinations. Failure of an applicant to appear for examinations as scheduled
will void that applicant's application and require the applicant to reapply for
licensure, unless prior scheduling arrangements have been made with the board
by the applicant.
receipt of additional information from applicants who have been treated for
alcohol or drug abuse or impairment or from applicants who have been treated
for an acute or chronic psychological impairment the board decides that an oral
examination shall be administered, the examination shall be limited to a
determination whether at the time of application the applicant's disability
appears to pose an actual risk to the health, safety or welfare of client or
public arising from the applicant's demonstrated inability to safely carry out
necessary duties and responsibilities inherent to the practice of occupational