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Alabama Occupational Therapy FAQs

We combined the Alabama statutes, board rules, and position statements to create a clear guide on key compliance issues for OTs and OTAs.  Members have full access to the material and can contact us with questions regarding any billing or compliance issue, please consider joining today if you need additional assistance.   


Scope of Practice

    • Definition of occupational therapy in Alabama
    • What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?
    • Services specifically excluded


    • Can occupational therapy telehealth services be provided in the state of Alabama?
    • Can occupational therapist licensed in Alabama provide telehealth services to clients in other states without a license in that state?

    Supervision and Delegation

      • What are the different levels of supervision? 
      • Which services can only be performed by a licensed OT?
      • What is the ratio between the supervising OT and assistive personnel? 


      • Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?
      • Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
      • Responsibilities of an OT delegating to an OTA
      • What type of supervision is required?
      • Required designation for assistants


      • What tasks can an aide perform?
      • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
      • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?
      • What type of supervision is required?
      • Registration requirements for aides.

    Position Statements and Forms

    Continuing Education 

      • What are the continuing education hour requirements?
      • How long is the reporting period?
      • Which type of courses are considered acceptable?
      • How do I convert hours to CEU?
      • Are employer courses acceptable?
      • Are CPR courses acceptable?
      • Are there any limitations on course subjects?
      • What are the CE documentation requirements?

    Orders and Referrals 

      • Is a referral required to provide OT services?
      • Which professions can issue the referral?
      • Long-term and chronic disability
      • Are there any exceptions to the referral requirement?

    Students and Graduates

      • Can students practice in a clinical setting?
      • What kind of supervision is required for student OTs and OTAs?
      • How must students identify themselves?
      • Graduate practice – temporary permits
      • What type of supervision is required for a temporary permit holder?
      • Duration of the permit

    Identification and Notification 

      • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
      • Required designation for occupational therapists
      • Are there any specific requirements for posting notifications or licenses?
      • When does an OT have to notify the board of any information changes?


      • Ethical Conduct
      • Unprofessional Conduct
      • Fee Splitting
    Alabama Occupational Therapy Board Fees

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