COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Advisory Notice: Please be advised that the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency declared by the Governor, pursuant to Executive Order 202 issued on March 7, 2020, and each successor Executive Order to Executive Order 202 have expired as of June 25, 2021. While the several exceptions and authorizations relevant to the Title VIII statutes and regulations contained within these Executive Orders have now expired, the Department understands the concern regarding the short notice of the expiration of the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency and will take that into consideration in the event of any potential inquiries involving activity that had previously been authorized by Executive Order 202 and its successor Executive Orders at this time. However, Title VIII professionals should exercise due diligence and good faith efforts to return to compliance with all Title VIII statutory and regulatory requirements without delay. Please be advised that The Declarations of the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act remain in effect and continue to provide certain authorizations and exemptions for many professions and activities related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response. These provisions include permitting an expanded list of professionals to administer vaccine or to administer COVD-19 testing. Specifically, the United States CDC has recently provided clarification that the federal preemption provisions of the PREP Act authorize "qualified persons" (licensed professionals and others authorized under the Act) to continue to order and administer covered COVID countermeasures (testing, vaccination, treatment, issuance of non-patient specific standing orders, and other response measures) under the Act, despite the ending of state-level emergency authorizations. This means that the federal Act will authorize individuals to continue these actions in New York, notwithstanding state laws that may conflict. Individuals should refer to the Declaration, Amendments, and Guidance documents issued by US HHS for specific information. For more information on those categories of qualified persons covered to administer COVID-19 vaccines under the PREP Act Declaration and its amendments: PREP Act Fact Sheet: Expanding the COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce (phe.gov). Additional information about the PREP Act can be found on our website. The Department is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor’s Office to clarify issues relating to the expiration of the Disaster Emergency and the reinstatement of laws and regulations that have been previously modified or suspended during the COVID 19 Disaster Emergency. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website for updated guidance.

The Office of the Professions (OP) continues to license nurses, doctors, physician assistants and other healthcare providers as expeditiously as possible. The State Education Department (SED) is working closely with the Governor and other state agencies as the COVID-19 emergency evolves. Guidance will be announced through these agencies and posted on this webpage. Below is information regarding COVID-19 and topics related to the professions.

Administering COVID-19 Vaccine | Electronic Notarization | Continuing Education | Exam Review Sessions | Examinations | Renewal of Permits | Registrations | Telepractice | Volunteers

Additional information is also available:

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the New York State of Emergency, staff in OP are not readily available to answer all phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please use the Contact Us Form to submit licensure and registration related questions to OP. Be advised that due to the volume of phone calls and emails received, there may be a delay before staff can provide you with an answer. Please review the OP website for answers to many frequently asked questions. COVID-19 related questions may be sent to NYSED’s COVID-19 mailbox at: COVID19@nysed.gov


Administering COVID-19 Vaccine


Electronic Notarization

OP will accept an electronic notarization on any application or form in accordance with Executive Orders, as long as specific criteria outlined here are met.  


Continuing Education

Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1, 2020 – January 1, 2022, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, provided that it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.

Additionally, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees, regardless of registration renewal date, to utilize self-study for any coursework taken during the period from March 1, 2020 – January 1, 2022, provided that it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.  Coursework taken outside that timeframe must meet the continuing education requirements in each individual profession’s laws and regulations.

SED is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor’s Office to tackle issues relating to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website for updated guidance.


Exam Review Sessions

  • Massage examination review sessions that are scheduled for 4/10 in Albany and 4/17 in New York City are postponed.

If you were signed up for these sessions you will be notified when they are rescheduled.


Examinations

COVID-19 is impacting the administration of examinations necessary to meet the qualifications for professional licensure in NYS. Please refer to the examination provider’s website for the latest information about your examination. There is a link to the examination provider and/or administrator on the Requirements page for your profession. At this time, the Massage Therapy examination administered by the Office of the Professions has not been cancelled.

Cancelled/Rescheduled examinations include:

  • The New York State Ophthalmic Dispensing Only examination scheduled for 4/27- 4/28 has been cancelled.

Renewal of Limited and Provisional Permits


Registrations

Please be advised that there will be delays in the printing and mailing of registration certificates and license parchments due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. OP's Online Registration Renewal will remain continuously available and licensees are encouraged to timely registered if possible. OP’s Verification Searches will remain up-to-date and is a primary source for license and registration verification.


Telepractice Guidance


Volunteers for COVID-19 Response Efforts


 

Last Updated: August 20, 2021