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Are you interested in becoming a Board Member?

The Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice was created by legislative action in 2017 and became effective January 1, 2018. 
The Board ensures effective and efficient processes for all aspects of licensure and enforcement. All activities are to support the Board's mission: 
To protect the public through effective licensure and enforcement of the statutes and rules governing the practice of occupational therapy to ensure a reasonable standard of competent and ethical practice.

In January 2024, multiple positions open. Consider applying now for: 
  • Occupational Therapist; anywhere in the state
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant; optional work outside the metro area
  • Public Member; recipient of care. Do you have individuals you are working with that either themselves or a family member would make a great public Board member? Encourage them to apply!
The Governor appoints all Board members from applications submitted to the Secretary of State's Office. When fully staffed, the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice is consists of:
  • Five (5) Occupational Therapists;
  • Three (3) Occupational Therapy Assistants; and
  • Three (3) Public Members including two (2) who have received occupational therapy services or have a family member that has received occupational therapy services and one (1) member who is a healthcare professional or provider licensed in Minnesota
Additional membership requirements and guidelines are found in Minnesota Statute §148.6449.
  • Minnesota Statute requires practitioner representation from a variety of practice areas and settings and from geographical diverse areas of the state. Be sure to include this information in your materials.
  • Public member applicants may be someone who is a health care profession or health care provider licensed in Minnesota and/or an individual has received occupational therapy services (either for themselves or a family member). Ensure you include details regarding both items in the application materials.

Responsibilities of the Board

Per Statute, the Board shall:
  1. adopt and enforce rules and laws necessary for licensing occupational therapy practitioners;
  2. adopt and enforce rules for regulating the professional conduct of the practice of occupational therapy;
  3. issue licenses to qualified individuals in accordance with sections 148.6401 to 148.6449;
  4. assess and collect fees for the issuance and renewal of licenses;
  5. educate the public about the requirements for licensing occupational therapy practitioners, educate occupational therapy practitioners about the rules of conduct, and enable the public to file complaints against applicants and licensees who may have violated sections 148.6401 to 148.6499; and
  6. investigate individuals engaging in practices that violate sections 148.6401 to 148.6449 and take necessary disciplinary, corrective, or other action according to section 148.6448 and chapter 214.
General time requirements include a minimum of 4 quarterly Board meetings (with preparation time) and likely service with a subcommittee of the Board. Those subcommittees may meet up to monthly depending upon the business needs.

How to Apply for a Board Position

Or you may contact the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State at the information below.
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1299
Phone: 651-556-0643
If you have applied for an open position and have questions concerning the status of your application, contact the Secretary of State's office.
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