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About the Board of Occupational Therapy

Pursuant to Public Chapter 115 of the Public Acts of 2007, The Board of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Examiners and its two (2) Committees ( Committee of Occupational Therapy and Committee of Physical Therapy ) has been replaced by the Board of Occupational Therapy and the Board of Physical Therapy.

The Board of Occupational Therapy is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice occupational therapy within the state be qualified to practice. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.

The Board of Occupational Therapy consists of five(5) members to be appointed by the Governor for terms of three (3) years. Three (3) members shall be occupational therapists, and one (1) occupational therapy assistant, who may be from a list of nominees supplied by the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. One (1) member shall be a person who is not engaged in the practice of occupational therapy and who is not professionally or commercially associated with the health care industry. Members may be appointed from a list of three nominees submitted to the Governor by the respective organization for each profession.

The Board meets four (4) times per year. A quorum of the Board consists of three (3) members. The meetings are open to the public.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Occupational therapists may be granted licensure by examination or reciprocity from other states. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at https://apps.tn.gov/hlrs/loginProfessional.jsp. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information.

Contact the Board of Occupational Therapy

To contact this board, call (615) 741-3807 local or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Members


Board Members

Members Representation Appointed Expiration
Jeremy Keough Chairman 04-30-2012 06-30-2014
Ruth Ann Ford Occupational Therapist 11-05-2012 06-30-2015
Jewell Ann Davis Citizen Member 08-29-2011 06-30-2015
Amy Venhuizen Burba Occupational Therapist 05-16-2012 06-30-2014
Marilyn D. Franklin Occupational Therapy Assistant 05-16-2014 06-30-2016

Meeting Schedule


Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.

Board of Occupational Therapy Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
March 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
July 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
November 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/Default.aspx and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/PH-3585.pdf and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Audiologists
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dentists
Dietitian/Nutritionists
Dispensing Opticians
Electrologists
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Optometrists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Pharmacists
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Podiatrists
Professional Counselors
Psychologists
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists
Veterinarians

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

National Organization


National Organizations of State Boards

Information on the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy may be obtained by phone, fax, Internet, or writing to:

National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Fax: (301) 89-8492
www.nbcot.org