Florida OT Rules and Regulations

Florida OT Rules and Regulations 

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.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 2.00 contact hours, approval number 20-675715.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-FORR
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify general provisions for care for all healthcare providers in the state of Florida.
Explain the Florida Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
Explain the structure and legislation over the Board of Occupational Therapy.
List the requirements for occupational therapy licensure in the state of FL.
Describe three acts that may result in the denial of licensure or refusal to renew license and the penalties associated with them.
List three rules governing the use of prescription devices.
Identify the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable delegation of responsibilities to occupational therapy aides in the state of Florida.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Laws and Rules


Florida Government and Laws

Legislature and Occupational Therapy

The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice Structure

Distinction between Laws and Rules



Section 3: Laws Governing Health Care Practice


Overview of the General Provisions

Logistical Topics

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

Necessity of Licensure

Field Experience Requirements

Exception for Field Experience Requirements

Examination Requirements

Exception for Examination Requirement

Temporary Permits

Applying for Licensure

Use of Licensure

Reactivating an Inactive License

Exemption for License Renewal Provisions



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 Credit



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 Contributors




Staff Writer: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
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. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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