Incoming students of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program must acknowledge the mandatory federal and civilian background checks that are administered with acceptance into the program. Following notification of acceptance, but prior to the end of the first semester, students must submit documentation of these background checks. This process must be repeated again during the second year for Ohio licensure. Results of the federal and civilian background checks may limit access to clinical facilities at anytime during the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and result in the inability of the student to meet program requirements. If a student is unable to meet the requirements they cannot graduate from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program at Kent State University.
The federal and civilian background check must also be administered at the conclusion of the program and results forwarded to the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Licensure Board in order to received state licensure or limited permit to practice. It is imperative that students are honest on all applications and with the OTPTAT Licensure Board.
A felony conviction may affect a student's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination. A student who is considering entering or has entered the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program may have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam requesting an early determination review. In this early determination process, NBCOT may give early or prior approval to take the exam as long as the reviewed information is not found to be a violation of any of the principles of the NBCOT Code of Conduct.
NBCOT considers the following behaviors a direct violation of the Code of Conduct:
A felony conviction may also affect a student's ability to obtain licensure in the state of Ohio. Applicants applying for licensure who have been convicted of a felony must provide the Board with a signed statement describing the details of the event(of the) that led to the felony conviction of the following court records:
Failure to provide these documents will result in a delay in the processing of the application. The Occupational Therapy Section cannot make a determination on a potential for licensure. Determination may only be rendered after the Section receives and reviews a completed application for licensure.
All questions and concerns regarding the requirements of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program at Kent East Liverpool should be directed to Harriett Bynum, Academic Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org .