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Office of Occupational Therapy

Jacquline Arcelin, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The Office of Occupational Therapy (Division Director) regulates individual occupational therapists. The Division Director does not regulate clinics where occupational therapy is practiced. The Division Director is authorized to take disciplinary actions against those who violate the Occupational Therapy Practice Act, Rules and Regulations. Office activities include issuing licenses to occupational therapists, investigating complaints about occupational therapists, and enforcing disciplinary actions taken by the Division Director. 

News Items

Licensing Renewal

The renewal for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants generally opens approximately 6 weeks prior to the expiration of the license. Please continue to check the web site for updated information.

New! Healthcare Professions Profile (HPPP) Requirement

  • Creating and maintaining a Healthcare Professions Profile is now a requirement (SB 13-026).
  • Healthcare Professions Profiles must be updated within 30 days of a change or reportable event.
  • Click here to create/update your Healthcare Professions Profile.
  • Click here for more information on the Healthcare Professions Profile Program.


OTA Applications Now Available

Applications for Occupational Therapy Assistant Licensure are now available by visiting our website www.dora.colorado.gov/professions/occupationaltherapists. Applicants may now complete and submit their applications for licensure. Please be aware that licensure is required to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA).  If an OTA does not have a valid license number beginning June 1, 2014, they CANNOT practice as an OTA until they have received confirmation they have been approved.


Be Prepared

When submitting your application, several documents must be included. If an application comes into the office incomplete, it could lengthen the processing time of the application.

Be sure to include:

  • A complete and signed application
  • The $25.00 application processing fee
  • A complete Affidavit of Eligibility form
  • Proof of passing the NBCOT examination - this form can now be completed online at: https://secure.nbcot.org/cverification/
  • Verification of all OTA licenses or registrations from other states or jurisdictions

Other information or documentation may be requested and required as part of your application.

You can check the status of your application on the web site at: http://www.dora.colorado.gov/professions/onlineservices.

Please note that simply submitting an application, whether it is complete or not, does not automatically ensure you will be approved for licensure by June 1st. It is each OTAs responsibility to ensure they have a valid license and are eligible to practice on June 1st.


New Rules Now Available

The recently adopted rules are available. On or after June1, 2014, occupational therapists will move from a registration to a license. Additionally, a person in Colorado practicing as an occupational therapy assistant must possess a valid occupational therapy assistant license issued by the Director. Please visit the "Professionals (Applications & Forms)" tab on the left-hand side of the this screen to access license/registration applications and information. To view the rules, use the "Laws, Rules & Policies" tab.

The Continuing Competency Program is Now in Effect!

  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are required to comply with continuing competency requirements (CC).
  • The CC Program is effective as of February 1, 2015. Licensees will begin participating after renewing their license in 2015.
  • All CC requirements must be met prior to the following renewal (after 2015).
  • Program requirements are posted on the CC page found by clicking the "Continuing Professional Competency - Occupation Therapy" tab on the left side menu of this page.


We Changed Our Name!

The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.


2012 Sunset Report Available!

Read the report here.

Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

During the 2013 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed SB 13-111.  This bill requires mandatory reporting of the abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders.  For the complete language in the bill click here. Each year an estimated 2.1 million elderly adults are victims of abuse or neglect.  And, for every reported case, as many as five cases go unreported.  Physical and sexual assault, financial and other forms of exploitation and caretaker neglect are just some of the mistreatments faced by elderly individuals. The cornerstone of preventing elder abuse is awareness and education.  A new law will go into effect on July 1, 2014 that will require certain professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders to law enforcement.  The new law also allows for legal penalties for non-reporting by mandated reporters. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) is offering online training. To access the training, click here.  You can also access the training at www.coloradoaging.com

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