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65-5406. Application for licensure; requirements. (a) An applicant applying for licensure as an occupational therapist or as an occupational therapy assistant shall file a written application on forms provided by the board, showing to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant meets the following requirements:

(1) Education: The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board of having successfully completed the academic requirements of an educational program in occupational therapy recognized by the board.

(2) Experience: The applicant shall submit to the board evidence of having successfully completed a period of supervised field work at a minimum recognized by the board.

(3) Examination: The applicant shall pass an examination as provided for in K.S.A. 65-5407 and amendments thereto.

(4) Fees: The applicants shall pay to the board all applicable fees established under K.S.A. 65-5409 and amendments thereto.

(b) The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the criteria which an educational program in occupational therapy shall satisfy to be recognized by the board under paragraph (1) of subsection (a). The board may send a questionnaire developed by the board to any school or other entity conducting an educational program in occupational therapy for which the board does not have sufficient information to determine whether the program should be recognized by the board and whether the program meets the rules and regulations adopted under this section. The questionnaire providing the necessary information shall be completed and returned to the board in order for the program to be considered for recognition. The board may contract with investigative agencies, commissions or consultants to assist the board in obtaining information about an educational program in occupational therapy. In entering such contracts the authority to recognize an educational program in occupational therapy shall remain solely with the board.

History: L. 1986, ch. 323, § 6; L. 1988, ch. 243, § 12; L. 2002, ch. 203, § 6; April 1, 2003.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Reconsidering the Regulation of Health Professionals in Kansas," Lisa E. Bartra, 5 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 3, 155, 158, 171 (1996).

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