The department, with the recommendation of the board, may waive continuing competency requirements, in part or in total, for any two-year licensing period when a licensee submits documentation that circumstances beyond his or her control prevented completion of such requirements as provided in section 38-146. In addition to circumstances determined by the department to be beyond the licensee's control pursuant to such section, such circumstances shall include situations in which:
(1) The licensee holds a Nebraska license but does not reside or practice in Nebraska;
(2) The licensee has submitted proof that he or she was suffering from a serious or disabling illness or physical disability which prevented completion of the required continuing competency activities during the twenty-four months preceding the license renewal date; and
(3) The licensee has successfully completed two or more semester hours of formal credit instruction biennially offered by an accredited school or college which contributes to meeting the requirements of an advanced degree in a postgraduate program relating to occupational therapy.