10.58.17.04

.04 Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist.

A. To qualify for licensure as a graduate professional art therapist, an applicant shall have:

(1) Completed one of the following from an accredited educational institution approved by the Board:

(a) A master’s degree in an art therapy program approved by the Board with:

(i) A minimum of 60 graduate semester credit hours; or

(ii) 90 graduate quarter credit hours;

(b) A doctoral degree in an art therapy program approved by the Board with:

(i) A minimum of 90 graduate semester credit hours; or

(ii) 135 graduate quarter credit hours; or

(c) A graduate level degree which:

(i) Includes the coursework listed in §A(2) of this regulation; and

(ii) Is approved by the Board;

(2) Completed the graduate coursework required as set forth in Regulation .03A(2) of this chapter;

(3) Achieved a passing score on:

(a) A national certification exam approved by the Board; and

(b) An examination of:

(i) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) COMAR 10.58;

(4) Submitted a completed Board-approved application;

(5) Provided an official transcript from the educational institution which awarded the master’s or doctoral degree;

(6) Paid all applicable fees set forth in COMAR 10.58.02;

(7) Submitted to a criminal background check;

(8) Good moral character; and

(9) Complied with:

(a) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(b) The code of ethics as set forth in COMAR 10.58.03.

B. An applicant who fails an examination for licensure may retake the exam.

C. Composition of Supervised Clinical Experience.

(1) A licensed graduate professional art therapist shall complete at least half of the requisite supervised clinical experience in professional art therapy hours under the supervision of a licensed clinical professional art therapist who has been approved by the Board to provide art therapy supervision.

(2) A licensed graduate professional art therapist may complete the remainder of the supervised clinical experience in professional art therapy hours under the supervision of an approved art therapy supervisor as defined in Regulation .02 of this chapter.

D. The Board shall act upon applications within a 6-month period as follows:

(1) Within 90 days after receipt of an application, the Board shall determine whether the application is complete;

(2) If the Board determines that the application is not complete, the Board or the Board’s designee shall send a notice of deficiency to the applicant;

(3) Upon receipt of a notice, the applicant shall correct the deficiency within 90 days, or other period specified in the notice; and

(4) If the applicant fails to correct the deficiency within the required period, the application shall lapse and the applicant shall be required to:

(a) Submit a new application; and

(b) Pay the required non-refundable fee set forth in COMAR 10.58.02.

E. Expiration, Renewal, and Extension.

(1) The graduate professional art therapist license expires 2 years after the date issued.

(2) If a licensed graduate professional art therapist is unable to accumulate the required clinical hours of supervision for licensure within 2 years, the licensee may apply for a 2-year extension before the license expires, up to a maximum of 6 years.

(3) A licensed graduate professional art therapist who has applied for and received an extension as set forth in §D(2) of this regulation, shall comply with the renewal requirements as provided in Health Occupations Article, §17–504, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(4) If a licensed graduate professional art therapist notifies the Board in writing, the Board may consider a license extension beyond the 6-year maximum set forth in §D(2) of this regulation.