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Course Overview

Every clinician in the healthcare industry has specific standards and licensing requirements that must be met in order for them to practice in their discipline. All practicing occupational therapists (OT) and occupational therapy assistants (OTA), must ensure that they keep their professional license updated and in good standing by meeting the requirements and regulations of the state in which they live and work. In fact, you are probably taking this course to meet your Board’s requirement for continuing education credits. In order to practice occupational therapy in the State of Florida, an OT or OTA must be licensed by the State Department of Health, with renewal every 2 years. The Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice was established under the Florida Department of Health to assure the highest degree of professional conduct on the part of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The Board of Occupational Therapy is responsible for the licensure and regulation of occupational therapists and assistants to ensure the availability of high-quality occupational therapy services to the people of Florida (FL OT Board, 2019). The purpose of this course is to review the laws and rules governing the profession of occupational therapy in the State of Florida.

About the Course Author

Peggy Prince Wittman, EdD, OT/L, FAOTA is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University where she teaches in the undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. Her clinical and research background has been in mental health OT and autism and she has published and presented extensively. Margaret (Peggy) Prince Wittman, BSOT, MS, EdD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Sherry Muir, BS, MOT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Jennifer Walsh, OTR/L, BSOT, has a BS in occupational therapy and a BS in psychology from Worcester State College in Massachusetts. Walsh is a lead occupational therapist for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla. Jennifer Walsh, OTR/L, BSOT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Kathleen Bastedo, MEd, OTR/L, is an instructional designer in the University of Central Florida's Center for Distributed Learning. Kathleen Bastedo, MEd, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association


    Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

    Course approval ID# . This Distance Learning-Independent is offered at 0.2 CEUs Introductory,Category 3.

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


    Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 2.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Determine the structure and legislation over the Board of Occupational Therapy.; Identify general provisions for care for all healthcare providers in the state of Florida.; Identify the details of the Florida Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.; Identify the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable delegation of responsibilities to occupational therapy aides in the state of Florida.; List the requirements for occupational therapy licensure in the state of FL. ; List three rules governing the use of prescription devices.\n; Recall three acts that may result in the denial of licensure or refusal to renew license and the penalties associated with them.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Laws and Rules
    Florida Government and Law
    Legislature and Occupational Therapy
    The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
    The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice Structure
    Distinction between Laws and Rules
    Section 3: Section 3: Laws Governing Health Care Practice
    Overview of the General Provisions
    Florida Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
    Section 4: Laws Governing the Practice of Occupational Therapy
    Statutes Included in the Practice Act
    Licensure Requirements for Occupational Therapy
    2019 Florida Statutes: Requirements for Licensure
    Necessity of Licensure
    Field Experience Requirements
    Exception for Field Service Requirement
    Examination Requirements
    Exception for Examination Requirement
    Temporary Permits
    Applying for Licensure
    Use of Licensure
    Reactivating an Inactive License
    Section 5: Rules Governing the Practice of Occupational Therapy
    Exceptions Regarding Examination
    Required Passing Grade
    Mandatory HIV/AIDS Education
    Mandatory Medical Error Prevention Education
    Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements
    Additional Methods for Earning CE Credits
    Section 6: Refusal or Loss of a License
    Unlawful Attempts to Obtain License
    Disciplinary Actions of Other Boards
    Legal Actions
    Improper Advertising
    Misrepresentation of Oneself
    Failure to Report Violations
    Working with Unlicensed Therapists
    Omission of Statues or Legal Obligations
    Knowingly Providing False or Inaccurate Evidence
    Deceptive Business Schemes
    Violations of the Patient -Therapist Relationship
    Misrepresenting Realistic Goals of Occupational Therapy
    Improper Solicitation of Patients
    Incomplete Records
    Exploitation of Patients for Financial Gain
    Practicing without Consent
    Misuse of Experimental Practices
    Exceeding the Bounds of Acceptable Practice
    Mental or Physical Conditions that Prevent Safe Practice
    Delegation to Inappropriate Individuals
    Noncompliance of Board Order or Subpoena
    Conspiring to Violate Provisions
    Violation of Provisions
    The Board’s Authority Regarding Violations
    Determination of Violations
    Special Considerations
    Relation to other Healthcare Practices
    Section 7: Rules Governing Use of Prescription Devices
    Electrical Stimulation Devices Defined
    Ultrasound Devices Defined
    Requirement Training and Supervision Time
    Acceptable Sources of Instruction
    Required Competency Level
    Participation in Prescriptive Device Training
    Section 8: Acceptable Responsibilities of Occupational Therapy Aides
    Occupational Therapy Aides
    Allowable Practices
    Section 9: Conclusion
    Course Contributor


  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.