Most of the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, require that occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants be licensed to provide occupational therapy services. The remaining states require that these practitioners be certified or registered except for states that have trademark laws and for states (i.e., Colorado and Hawaii) that do not currently regulate OTAs.Licensure is the strongest form of regulation, while trademark law remains the weakest form of regulation. The purpose of these types of regulations is to provide the public with quality occupational therapy services. Understanding how and when these regulations apply to practitioners in Florida is crucial to ensuring that all OTs and OTAs are up-to-date with CE and licensing requirements. How licensure relates to other forms of professional and institutional regulation will help with understanding its role in ensuring consumer safety and professional integrity.
This continuing education module is designed to provide OTs and OTAs in Florida, and those who seek licensure in Florida, with a basic overview of the Florida Statutes and Rules with up-to-date information related to the Florida Statutes and Rules as they pertain to the Florida Department of Health’s occupational therapy license. The Florida state regulations exist alongside and relate to broader regulations, such as the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics and the Florida Bill of Patient’s Rights, which will be reviewed as well. After studying the following information, you will be able to:
- List the major provisions of the Florida Occupational Therapy Practice Act for licensure in the State of Florida for occupational therapy
- Identify requirements to obtain and maintain licensure to practice in Florida
- Identify prohibitions and penalties as they relate to these laws and rules
Content Level: Intermediate
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues & Trends
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