By Carmen Wilson
California-licensed occupational therapists have a license renewal every two years with a deadline of the birth date.
Twenty-four (24) PDU’s or hours are required in order to renew a license, and there are no limits for online CE if AOTA approved. Twelve hours must directly relate to the delivery of occupational therapy services.
California-licensed OTs may earn all 24 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the Occupational Therapy page of this site. Click here to view AOTA-approved online CEUs.
Professional Development Resources is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Information obtained from the California Board of Occupational Therapy on April 13, 2015.
Continuing Education Courses for Occupational Therapists:
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. This introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provides a brief overview of bipolar disorder in adults, including: signs and symptoms; diagnosis; risk factors; and treatment options. Course #10-92 | 2012 | 28 pages | 10 posttest questions
It is well-established by research that many learners on the autism spectrum benefit from the use of visuals. How can we go beyond a basic use of symbols to create and implement individualized visuals that will help our students learn and communicate more comprehensively? Participants will learn about considerations and strategies to take into account in order to put more effective visuals in place for their students on the autism spectrum. Topics covered include: broadening symbol selection, adding layers and additional components to visuals in order to make them more motivating and meaningful, providing visuals for a wide variety of expressive communicative functions, and using visuals for comprehension and organization as well as expression.The course video is split into 2 parts for your convenience: part 1 is 56 minutes and part 2 is 57 minutes.Course #20-94 | 2015 | 14 posttest questions
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings. The most common workplace is schools, followed by private practice and hospitals. A growing number of occupational therapists, however, are working full or part-time in skilled nursing facilities as the population of the United States ages. Every practice setting has unique characteristics that affect clinical practice. Skilled nursing facilities have a multitude of regulations, complicated billing practices, and a culture of care that must be learned and integrated into the clinician’s treatment habits. This can make it difficult for the OT working part-time or PRN in a skilled nursing facility. This introductory course will provide an overview of the important aspects of long-term care that affect treatment, including the structure, organization and reimbursement system of skilled nursing facilities. The average resident and common treatment areas will also be discussed.Course #20-87 | 2014 | 27 pages | 14 posttest questions
This course explains the basics of lactose intolerance from the prevalence and pathophysiology to the management of lactose intolerance. It also goes beyond the basics by including the dietary treatment of lactose intolerance from a registered dietitian’s perspective by outlining the steps of the nutrition care process and providing strategies for nutrition counseling. It includes information on psycho-emotional factors such as anxiety and depression that can affect lactose intolerance symptoms and pose barriers to successful treatment. Two case studies are included to assist health professionals in understanding the client perspective. This course will be informative for anyone with lactose intolerance as well as registered dietitians and other health professionals who counsel those with lactose intolerance.Course #20-78 | 2014 | 33 pages | 18 posttest questions
Certainly no one would choose a pain-filled body over a healthy, pain-free body. Yet every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences on their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating chronic pain issues with healthy, positive, and productive life-style behaviors. It progresses from an analysis of the emotional aspects of living with chronic pain to specific strategies for dealing more productively with it. Through 16 guided exercises, readers will learn how to identify their self-defeating behaviors (SDBs), analyze and understand them, and then replace them with life-giving actions that lead to permanent behavioral change.
California-licensed occupational therapists have a biennial license renewal with a birth date deadline. Twenty-four (24) PDU’s (hours) are required every two years for license renewal. There are no home study limits if AOTA approved, and half of the hours must directly relate to the delivery of occupational therapy services.
California Board of Occupational Therapists
View the Board Website or Email the Board
CE Required: 24 PDUs (hours) every 2 years
Home Study Allowed: No limit, must have cert.
License Expiration: DOB, every 2 years
National Accreditation Accepted: AOTA
Notes: Twelve hours must directly relate to OT service delivery