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(225 ILCS 75/3)
(from Ch. 111, par. 3703)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
Licensure requirement; exempt activities.
After the effective date of this Act, no person shall practice
occupational therapy or hold himself out as an occupational therapist or
an occupational therapy assistant, or as being able to practice occupational
therapy or to render services designated as occupational therapy in this State,
he is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing or restricting the
practice, services, or activities of:
(1) Any person licensed in this State by any other
law from engaging in the profession or occupation for which he is licensed; or
(2) Any person employed as an occupational therapist
or occupational therapy assistant by the Government of the United States, if such person provides occupational therapy solely under the direction or control of the organization by which he or she is employed; or
(3) Any person pursuing a course of study leading to
a degree or certificate in occupational therapy at an accredited or approved educational program if such activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study, and if such person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee; or
(4) Any person fulfilling the supervised work
experience requirements of Sections 8 and 9 of this Act, if such activities and services constitute a part of the experience necessary to meet the requirement of those Sections; or
(5) Any person performing occupational therapy
services in the State, if such a person is not a resident of this State and is not licensed under this Act, and if such services are performed for no more than 60 days a calendar year in association with an occupational therapist licensed under this Act and if such person meets the qualifications for license under this Act and:
(i) such person is licensed under the law of
another state which has licensure requirements at least as restrictive as the requirements of this Act, or
(ii) such person meets the requirements for
certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (O.T.R.) or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (C.O.T.A.) established by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy or another nationally recognized credentialing body approved by the Board; or
(6) The practice of occupational therapy by one who
has applied in writing to the Department for a license, in form and substance satisfactory to the Department, and has complied with all the provisions of either Section 8 or 9 except the passing of the examination to be eligible to receive such license. In no event shall this exemption extend to any person for longer than 6 months, except as follows:
(i) if the date on which a person can take the
next available examination authorized by the Department extends beyond 6 months from the date the person completes the occupational therapy program as required under Section 8 or 9, the Department shall extend the exemption until the results of that examination become available to the Department; or
(ii) if the Department is unable to complete its
evaluation and processing of a person's application for a license within 6 months after the date on which the application is submitted to the Department in proper form, the Department shall extend the exemption until the Department has completed its evaluation and processing of the application.
In the event such applicant fails the examination,
the applicant shall cease work immediately until such time as the applicant is licensed to practice occupational therapy in this State; or
(7) The practice of occupational therapy by one who
has applied to the Department, in form and substance satisfactory to the Department, and who is licensed to practice occupational therapy under the laws of another state, territory of the United States or country and who is qualified to receive a license under the provisions of either Section 8 or 9 of this Act. In no event shall this exemption extend to any person for longer than 6 months; or
(Source: P.A. 98-264, eff. 12-31-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)