Florida Laws and Rules for Occupational Therapy - OT22

Florida Laws and Rules for Occupational Therapy

by Kathleen Bastedo, MEd, OTR/L and Jennifer Walsh, OTR/L, BSOT and Debora A Davidson, PhD, OTR/l
(4.4 / 199 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.20 AOTA CEU)

Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00


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
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues & Trends

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning 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.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/18/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/24/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/24/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Joyce S - Venice, FL  ·  Mar 18, 2017
very helpful will assist me in my profession
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Brigitte T - Palm Harbor, FL  ·  Mar 03, 2017
Thank You for providing this educational opportunity.
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Catheryn J - Gainesville , FL  ·  Feb 28, 2017
Excellent, informative course
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Sarah M - Winter Springs, FL  ·  Feb 28, 2017
Provided the needed requirement for license renewal. The information was very helpful.
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eddrena t - bartow, FL  ·  Feb 27, 2017
it was straight to the point and informal
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Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00