The majority of the U.S., including Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and Guam, require occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants be licensed to provide occupational therapy services. Licensure is the strongest form of regulation and has been a requirement for OTs and OTAs in Florida since 1976. The purpose of this type of regulation is to provide the public with quality occupational therapy services. The Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice was created for that purpose and is responsible for the licensure and regulation of occupational therapy, which requires OTs and certified occupational therapy assistants/OTAs be licensed and maintain a specific number of continuing education to meet licensure requirements in the state. Understanding how and when these regulations apply to practitioners in Florida is crucial to ensuring that all OTs and COTA/OTAs are up-to-date with CE and licensing requirements.
This continuing education module is designed to provide occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants 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. After studying the information presented here, 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
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues & Trends
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).
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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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