COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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 frequently asked questions and answers below are being updated to reflect the end of the State of Emergency. The sections that have been updated will be noted below.

General | Administering COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines | Continuing Education | Licensing & Registration | Professional Education | Corporations |Corporate Practice Waivers | Social Work & Mental Health Pofessions | Medicine | Pharmacy | Dentistry | Psychology & Applied Behavior Analysis Professions | Clinical Laboratory Technology | Massage Therapy | Occupational Therapy | Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology | Public Accountancy | Medical Physics | Midwifery | Podiatry | Veterinary Medicine

General - Updated

  1. Where can I find guidance on COVID-19 related exposure and prevention best practices for health care professionals?

For COVID-19 information relating to health care providers, please check the New York Department of Health “Information for Providers” website and the Centers for Disease Control website.

Administering COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines - Updated

  1. Who may administer COVID19 and Influenza vaccinations?

Answer:  Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Are licensed professionals who have been authorized to vaccinate pursuant to the seventh amendment of the PREP Act required to complete federal training and possess a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation?

Answer: Pursuant to this Seventh Amendment, liability protection under the federal PREP Act is available to certain professionals if they meet certain conditions, including completion of federal training and possessing a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Please be advised that, according to guidance provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the additional requirements described in the Seventh Amendment do not apply to those professionals that have also been authorized to vaccinate by a state, including those professionals authorized to vaccinate in New York State by statute or regulation. Those professionals authorized to vaccinate in New York State by statute or regulation will not be required to obtain additional training beyond that required by the State in order to receive liability protection under the federal PREP Act. In addition, several temporary exceptions and authorizations relevant to Title VIII professionals that have also been authorized to vaccinate in New York State have now expired and therefore these professionals will be required to obtain the additional training required under the federal PREP Act.

More information about the PREP Act and the federal requirements can be found at PHE.gov and additional information about eligibility can be found at PHE.gov/COVIDvaccinators. Licensed professionals should consult with their own counsel to determine how the federal PREP Act requirements impact applicable professions in New York State. All questions regarding this federal law should be directed to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements - Updated

  1. Are CE requirements being waived? 

Answer: No. 

  1. Can a licensee complete 100% of the required continuing education through self-study activities offered by approved providers for their profession?

Answer: 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.

Professional Licensing and/or Registration Fees - Updated

  1. Are Professional Licensing and/or Registration fees being waived? 

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to payment of professional licensing and/or registration have expired and payment of the full fee is required after that date.

  1. If I am a NYS licensee returning to practice to assist in the COVID-19 response efforts, do I need to re-register to practice?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All NYS licensed professionals are required to be currenting registered in order to practice.

  1. If I hold an out-of-state license, and I am not licensed in NYS, can I practice in the State of New York to assist in the COVID-19 response efforts?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All licensed professionals are required to be licensed in the State of New York and currently registered in order to practice.

  1. If I am licensed/certified in Canada, can I practice in the State of New York to assist in the COVID-19 response efforts?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All licensed professionals are required to be licensed in the State of New York and currently registered in order to practice.

  1. Can my educational documents and/or transcripts be submitted electronically?

Answer: The Office of the Professions will accept official electronic transcripts and/or Form 2 Applications from educational institutions (i.e. colleges/universities) or designated third-party transcript entities located in the United States. Instructions and information on the criteria required for these submissions are available on our website.

  1. I hold a New York State license, but the registration is currently inactive. How do I reactivate my registration?

Answer: An individual who is licensed in New York State can request a delayed registration application online to reactivate a registration. See our website for more information

Professional Education Program Review - Updated

  1. I am a student enrolled in a licensure-qualifying program. I have a question regarding meeting the clinical hour requirements.

Answer: Please first contact your program director regarding this. If there are any challenges, please ask your director to contact us at opprogs@nysed.gov

Corporations - Update

  1. How are triennial registration renewal requirements for Certificates of Authorization for professional practice entities providing professional engineering, land surveying or professional geology services being handled during the COVID-19 disaster emergency?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All triennial renewal of certificates of authorizations for domestic or foreign professional service corporations, design professional service corporations, professional service limited liability companies, foreign professional service limited liability companies, registered professional limited liability partnerships, New York registered professional foreign limited liability partnerships, partnerships and joint enterprises specified in Education Law §7209 (4) authorized to provide professional engineering, land surveying or professional geology services are required to be submitted in accordance with applicable laws.

  1. Are professional service corporations required to submit triennial statements to the Department during the COVID-19 disaster emergency?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All triennial statements for domestic professional service corporations pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1514 are required to be submitted in accordance with applicable laws.

  1. Are foreign professional service corporations required to submit annual statements to the Department during the COVID-19 disaster emergency?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. All annual statements for foreign professional service corporations pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1531 are required to be submitted in accordance with applicable laws.

Corporate Practice Waivers - Updated

  1. Under Executive Order 202.18, can a Special Education School or Early Intervention Provider agency with a waiver from the Education Department under Education Law 6503-b provide services with an expired registration?   

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. Therefore, an entity holding a 6503-b waiver to provide certain professional services whose waiver expired on or after March 31, 2020, must submit the required fee and application for the renewal of such waivers in accordance with applicable laws.

  1. Under Executive Order 202.18, can a not-for-profit, religious or education corporation with a waiver from the Education Department under Education Law 6503-a provide services with an expired registration?   

Answer: No. None of the Executive Orders, extended 6503-a waiver renewal requirements. Therefore, the entity must renew the waiver registration by the due date to continue to provide services. The Department is receiving, and processing renewal applications and questions should be sent to SWMHPEntity@nysed.gov. Please note that Part Y of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2018 exempts from the waiver requirement a program or service operated, regulated, funded, or approved by the Department of Mental Hygiene (OMH, OPWDD & OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, State Office for the Aging, Department of Health, local governmental unit or social services districts, as defined in Article 41 of the Mental Hygiene Law and section 61 of the Social Services Law, respectively.

Social Work and Mental Health Professions - Updated

  1. Can a licensee practice the profession by using distance technology?

Answer:  Yes. There are practice alerts and guidelines that address this type of intervention by an individual licensed and registered in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for confidentiality and record-keeping, to the same extent as when providing direct, in-person services.

If you are not licensed in New York, you may not practice a restricted profession by either technology or in-person. If you are licensed in New York and wish to practice in another jurisdiction, you must contact that jurisdiction regarding their laws and policies.

  1. Can a permit holder, intern or other person only authorized to practice under supervision (supervisees) provide client services by distance technology rather than in-person? Is remote supervision allowed?

Answer:  Yes. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client seen by the supervisee.  Supervised client contact hours completed through distance technology may be submitted on Form 4B, as part of the supervised experience requirement for licensure and do not have to be designated as such.

The Board of Regents approved an emergency regulation that allows supervision by telephone or video technology to continue beyond the State of Emergency. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of each client seen under supervision.

All treatment and supervision provided through distance technology must be completed through secure means, whether on the telephone or through the use of video conferencing. Texting and email are not acceptable forms of supervision at any time, other than to notify the supervisor of an urgent situation that requires intervention.

  1. Can a Department-approved provider of continuing education convert an in-person course or program to a distance or self-study format without prior approval or review?

Answer: Yes. The Department-approved provider may convert all or part of a course or program to live online or self-study format. The provider is responsible for ensuring attendance and participation by the learners, whether through tests or other measures.

  1. If an employment site is closed for an extended period of time, will a limited permit holder be granted extra time to complete the supervised experience?

Answer: Chapter 182 of the Laws of 2020 allows the Department to issue a permit for one additional 12-month period, upon submission of an application and fee, if COVID caused an interruption or reduction in services. Information about permit requirements may be found on the profession specific page.

  1. If a student placed in an internship by a license-qualifying program is not able to complete the required hours, how will this be handled?

Answer: The Department will review applications from license-qualifying programs that seek to reduce the duration of the supervised internship to no less than 85% of the 900 hours required in the calendar year 2020 MSW program. This is consistent with the standards from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in other jurisdictions. The MSW program remains responsible for ensuring that students are under the in-person or distance supervision of a LMSW or LCSW, consistent with the services rendered by the student intern. Schools may propose alternative activities in the event the current COVID-19 crisis makes traditional interventions and activities impossible. In order to continue this flexibility beyond the expiration of the state of emergency for the profession of Social Work, the Board of Regents approved an emergency regulation at the July 2021 meeting that amends section 52.30 of the Commissioner’s regulations to permit the Department to modify, to the extent authorized by law, the field experience, practicums or other such experience requirements relative to registered programs for licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work recognized as leading to licensure in licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work for individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Medicine - Updated

  1. Can a physician practicing under the authority of a limited permit in medicine have that permit renewed due to the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. Early in the declared emergency, the Board of Regents implemented an emergency regulation allowing limited permits in medicine to be extended beyond the usual two-term or four-year limit. However, the end of the COVID-19 emergency declared by the Governor ends the authority for NYSED to issue additional limited permit extensions beyond one two-year extension.
Please note that the traditional limitations for terms of limited permits will remain in effect. Permit holders in medicine will remain eligible for one two-year extension, for a maximum of four years. In addition, all current permit holders who have received a COVID19 related extension, as well as all permit holders, will still retain their permits for the term detailed on their permit.

Pharmacy - Updated

  1. Can pharmacists order and administer COVID-19 tests?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Under Executive Order 202.18, can a New York State licensed pharmacist who is not registered practice in this State?   

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and pharmacists must be in compliance with applicable laws.

  1. Can a New York State licensed pharmacist who has an unencumbered license and is currently in good standing in New York State, but not registered to practice in New York State, continue to practice in this State, after the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202 expires, without having to register and complete all the required continuing education (CE) for such registration? 

    Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and pharmacists must be in compliance with applicable laws.

  2. Can a pharmacist without immunization privilege administer the Influenza or COVID-19 immunization?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Can registered pharmacy technicians administer COVID-19 vaccines?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. The Eighth Amendment to the PREP Act clarifies and expands the authority for certain Qualified Persons authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer covered countermeasures under section VI of this Declaration including “qualified pharmacy technicians,” which must be licensed and/or registered in accordance with New York State requirements. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Can students enrolled in a pharmacy school administer COVID-19 vaccinations?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Are New York State licensed pharmacists who administer the COVID-19 vaccine required to have a standing order in place?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Can New York State licensed pharmacists, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy technicians order and administer COVID-19 therapeutics?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 continues to provide certain authorizations and exemptions for many professions and activities related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response. In addition, the Ninth Amendment to the PREP act clarifies and expands the scope of authority for licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 therapeutics to populations authorized by the FDA. The Ninth Amendment also authorizes pharmacy technicians (who must be licensed and/or registered in accordance with New York State requirements) and pharmacy interns to administer COVID-19 therapeutics when certain criteria are met. Additional Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

Dentistry - Updated

  1. Will the Department permit alternative means to be used by dentists and dental hygienists to obtain and/or maintain the required cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, in lieu of the in-person CPR course requirement, during the COVID-19 health crisis?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. Early in the declared emergency, the Board of Regents implemented an emergency regulation allowing alternative means to be used by dentists and dental hygienists to obtain and/or maintain the required CPR certification, in lieu of the in-person course requirement.  This provision has now expired and is no longer applicable. Dentists and Dental Hygentists must now conform to the requirements set forth in Section 61.19 (b) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. Therefore, all CPR taken after 6/25/21 must be in person.

  1. I took my CPR certification course through providers approved by the Department, which are the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council and the American Safety and Health Institute.  In order to administer the vaccine at Points-of-Dispensing (POD) sites, the requirement is basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation by an online program that has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Will the CPR I have already taken satisfy this requirement?

    Answer: We have received verification from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the American Safety and Health Institute that their CPR courses are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Therefore, as long as your certificate is valid, these courses would satisfy the requirement.

  2. Can dentists administer vaccinations against influenza and COVID-19?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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 vaccines or to administer COVD-19 testing. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Can all dental hygienists administer vaccinations against influenza and COVID-19?

Answer: No. Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. The PREP Act does not include Dental Hygienists. Therefore, the ability for dental hygienists to administer the influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations expired with the Executive Orders on June 25, 2021.

  1. Can a dental student administer vaccinations against influenza and COVID-19?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Professions - Updated

  1. Can a licensee practice the profession by using distance technology?

Answer:  Yes. There are practice alerts and guidelines that address this type of intervention by an individual licensed and registered in New York.

Unless otherwise authorized by law,  psychologists licensed in other states who wish to engage in telepractice with patients/clients currently residing in New York State may do so utilizing a one-time-only ninety-day temporary exemption to practice psychology without a New York license pursuant to Education Law §7605 (8).  See the Questions and Answers About Licensure and Limited Permits for more information. 

Unless otherwise authorized by law, ABA practitioners licensed or certified in other states may not practice within the ABA scope of practice by technology or in person without a New York license.

  1. Can a permit holder, intern or other person only authorized to practice under supervision provide client services by distance technology rather than in-person?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and all permit holders, interns or other persons only authorized to practice under supervision must comply with all applicable laws. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client seen by the supervisee and must ensure that all aspects of a supervisee’s practice receive proper oversight.  Supervised experience hours completed through distance technology may be submitted on Form 4, as part of the supervised experience requirement for licensure and do not have to be designated as such.

  1. Can face-to-face supervision of a permit holder, intern or other person only authorized to practice under supervision be provided by distance technology rather than in-person?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and all permit holders, interns or other persons only authorized to practice under supervision must comply with all applicable laws. The supervisor remains responsible for the professional services being provided by the supervisee and must ensure that all aspects of a supervisee’s practice receive proper oversight, not just what is reported in a supervisory session. If supervision takes place across state lines, the supervisor must be licensed in both the jurisdiction where he/she is physically located and the jurisdiction where the services are provided.

Please see the practice alerts that further address supervision requirements:

  1. If an employment site is closed for an extended period of time, will a limited permit holder be granted extra time to complete the supervised experience?

Answer: Chapter 182 of the laws of 2020 allows the Department to issue a permit for one additional 12-month period, upon submission of an application and fee, if COVID causes an interruption or reduction in services. Information about permit requirements may be found on the profession specific page.

Clinical Laboratory Technology - Updated

  1. Can clinical laboratory personnel from outside of New York State perform testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, or its antibodies, in specimens collected from individuals suspected of suffering from a COVID-19 infection if they meet the federal requirements for testing personnel?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and clinical laboratory practitioners must be in compliance with applicable laws.

  1. Are individuals in New York State who are not licensed as clinical laboratory practitioners permitted to perform testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, or its antibodies, in specimens collected from individuals suspected of suffering from a COVID-19 infection if they meet the federal requirements for testing personnel?

    Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and clinical laboratory practitioners must be in compliance with applicable laws.

Massage Therapy - Updated

  1. During the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202, will massage therapy licensure applicants be permitted to take CPR courses online or virtually to satisfy the requirement that they present satisfactory evidence of having a current CPR certificate?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and massage therapists must be in compliance with applicable laws.

  1. During the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202, can online or virtual CPR courses be used to satisfy the mandatory continuing education requirements in the profession of massage therapy?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired and massage therapists must be in compliance with applicable laws.

Occupational Therapy - Updated

  1. Can Occupational Therapists (OTs) provide telehealth services?

Answer: Yes. For more information on telehealth, please visit our website at Telepractice Guidance.

  1. What if I cannot complete my pre-license supervised experience?

Answer: The Board of Regents approved an emergency regulation that allows the Department to excuse the requirement for occupational therapy to be provided on a continuous basis if such continuous experience cannot be completed during the COVID-19 health crisis. You can resume your supervised experience where you left off before it was interrupted by COVID-19.

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology - Updated

  1. What if I cannot complete my pre-license supervised experience?

Answer: The Board of Regents approved an emergency regulation that allows the Department to excuse the requirement for speech language pathology and audiology to be provided on a continuous basis if such continuous experience cannot be completed during the COVID-19 health crisis. You can resume your supervised experience where you left off before it was interrupted by COVID-19.

  1. Are clinical fellows allowed to use telehealth?

Answer: Yes, telehealth is permissible for the completion of supervised experience.  However, telehealth should not be used as the sole modality, while earning experience toward licensure.

  1. Can I supervise a clinical fellow remotely?

Answer: Yes, appropriate supervision can be provided through the use of distance technology. However, individuals earning their experience will still need direct, regular real-time interactions with their supervisor whether that is accomplished in person or through modern telecommunication technology.

Public Accountancy - Updated

  1. Can I get an extension of my credit for the Certified Public Accountant Exam?

    Answer: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic , the Board of Regents had approved an emergency regulation that allowed the Department to accept passing examination scores that were outside the 18-month requirement where such examinations were not completed in the required 18-month period. The New York State Board for Public Accountancy had recommended to the Department and the Department had determined that those New York (NY) jurisdiction candidates whose exam credit expired from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 were granted an automatic extension until June 30, 2021 for those applicable exam sections. An examination section that expires after June 30, 2021, is not eligible for a blanket extension due to COVID-19.

    Candidates impacted by international travel restrictions due to COVID-19 may be eligible for an additional extension beyond the automatic extension noted above. Candidates impacted due to international travel restrictions may contact NASBA to request an extension for the Notice to Schedule by completing the Exam Credit Extension Policy form. Candidates seeking an extension to the 18-month condition due to international travel restrictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Department. Candidates impacted by international travel restrictions need to contact the Board Office at: CPABD@nysed.gov with their full, legal name, jurisdiction and candidate ID, supporting documentation (passport, US Visa, I94, etc. as applicable), and an explanation of how they were impacted by the international travel ban.

    NY jurisdiction exam candidates who were impacted in Quarter 1 from January 2020 through March 31, 2020 due to COVID-19, were assessed on a case by case basis. Candidates impacted during the January to March 2020 time period were required to contact the Board Office by December 31, 2020.

  2. Are Mandatory Peer Review Program requirements waived or cancelled for public accounting firms?

Answer: At this time, there are no procedures or processes to waive or cancel the mandatory peer review program for public accounting firms. Firms should notify the State Board for Public Accountancy at: CPABD@nysed.gov if their firm has received an extension for its peer review or corrective action(s) from the Administering Entity.

Medical Physics - Updated

  1. Can a medical physicist practicing under the authority of a limited permit have that permit renewed beyond the current six year limit due to the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. Early in the declared emergency, the Board of Regents implemented an emergency regulation allowing limited permits in medical physics to be extended beyond the usual three-term or six-year limit. However, the end of the COVID-19 emergency declared by the Governor ends the authority for NYSED to issue additional limited permit extensions beyond one two-year extension.
Please note that the traditional limitations for terms of limited permits will remain in effect. Permit holders in medical physics will remain eligible for two two-year extensions, for a maximum of six years. In addition, all current permit holders who have received a COVID-19 related extension, as well as all permit holders, will still retain their permits for the term detailed on their permit.

Midwifery - Updated

  1. Are midwives or midwifery students permitted to administer the COVID-19 and influenza immunization to any patient?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

Podiatry - Updated

  1. Are podiatrists or podiatric medical students permitted to administer the COVID-19 and influenza immunization to any patient?

Answer: Effective June 25, 2021, all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 Disaster Emergency have expired. However, 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. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

  1. Where can licensed professionals obtain the required training to administer the COVID-19 and influenza vaccination?

Answer: The NYS Department of Health has made training requirements and guidance available on their website.

Veterinary Medicine - Updated

  1. Can Veterinarians and Veterinarian students administer the COVID 19 Vaccines to a human patient?

    Answer: 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. Information about the PREP Act can be found on our website.

 

Last Updated: September 13, 2021