Occupational Therapy Ethics | 5 CE Courses

Occupational Therapy Ethics Continuing Education Courses

One of our values at OT Potential is to “do justice” and help create a world that is more equitable and humane.

That’s why it’s so important to us to offer courses that help you develop your understanding of ethics in occupational therapy.

Below you’ll find our 5 OT ethics CEU courses. Each course explores a specific value from the AOTA code of ethics

(Also in this post, you’ll find a list of states that require ethics CEU courses as part of their continuing education.)

Courses that explore ethics in occupational therapy

Our podcast-based courses are based on the most influential OT journal articles from the past 5 years. And, ethics comes up often, as some of our profession’s brightest minds are focused on advancing alignment in our values. 

Here are our 5 ethics courses, under the AOTA Code of Ethics core value that they do a deep dive into:

  1. Altruism 
  2. Equality
  1. Freedom
  2. Justice
  1. Dignity
  2. Truth
  3. Prudence 
  • Anti-racist OT Praxis
  • Racism and Occupation
  • Beyond Individualism: Ethical Considerations for OTs
  • Disparities in Supports for Autism in Latino Families
  • Beyond Occupational Injustice

To take one of our courses, all you need to do is listen to the episode of the OT Potential Podcast and then join the OT Potential Club to take a test and generate a certificate.

States that require continuing education courses on OT ethics

In our post on OT CEU requirements, we’ve identified the following states that require an OT ethics course. Under each state we are sharing the exact language around the requirement and a link to the source document.  

Georgia (2 hours, each renewal)

“Each licensee must complete a minimum of two (2) hours of the required twenty-four (24) continuing education hours in the ethics of occupational therapy practice. These hours may be obtained online.” 

Per the Rules and Regulation of the State of Georgia 

Illinois (1 hour, each renewal)

“In each renewal period, one contact hour shall include a course in ethics.” 

Per the Illinois Administrative Code 

North Carolina (1 hour, each renewal)

“For each renewal period, the licensee shall document completion of at least one contact hour of a qualified activity for maintaining continuing competence related to ethics in the practice of occupational therapy that shall be included in the total points for the year. Continuing competence activities in ethics shall be related to developing the licensee’s ability to reflect on, determine, and act on the moral aspects of practice as required by Rule .0308 of this Chapter.”

For reference: .0308 CODE OF ETHICS 

“Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 90-270.76(a)(2) the Board adopts by reference the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (2005) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, including subsequent amendments and editions. Copies of the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics may be obtained online at aota.org at no cost. To the extent the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics might conflict with the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Practice Act or the Rules of the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy, the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Practice Act or the Rules of the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy shall take precedent.”

Per The Rules of the North Carolina Board

Ohio (1 hour, each renewal)

“License holders shall complete at least one contact hour of ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence education per renewal cycle.” 

Per the Ohio Administrative Code 

Tennessee (1 hour, each renewal)

“One (1) hour of the required twenty-four (24) continued competence credits shall pertain to the AOTA Code of Ethics or other ethics related continued competence activities which have implications for the practice of occupational therapy.”

Per the Rules of the Tennessee Board of OT


We hope these courses help you not only fulfill your OT ethics course requirements, but more than that, we hope you enjoy these vital conversations about our profession. 

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