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Alabama OT Assistants
Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?
OTAs may practice occupational therapy accept for the tasks specifically enumerated below.
Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
A licensed OTA shall not:
Responsibilities of an OT delegating to an OTA
An OT must assign an increased level of supervision if the OTA is new to a practice setting or particular skill. An OT must assign an increased level of supervision if necessary for the safety of a patient or client.
All OTs who delegate to an OTA must participate in the supervision of that OTA.
The OT shall ensure that the OTA is assigned only those duties and responsibilities for which the assistant has been specifically educated and which the OTA is qualified to perform.
What type of supervision is required?
A supervising OTA shall supervise a licensed OTA as follows:
OTAs working part-time should have no less than one (1) hour of direct supervision per calendar month, and meet all other supervision requirements.
OTAs who work with more than one employer must notify the board of the supervisor(s) for each employer.
Does the supervising OT need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
An OT may supervise up to three (3) full-time OTAs, but never more than two (2) OTAs who require “direct” level of supervision.
Required designation for assistants
Any person who is issued a license as an OTA under the terms of this chapter may use the words "occupational therapy assistant," "licensed occupational therapy assistant ," "certified occupational therapy assistant," or may use the letters "O.T.A. ," "L.O.T.A.," or "C.O.T.A./L." in connection with his or her name or place of business to denote registration hereunder.
Ala. Code §34-39-3
Ala. Admin. Code §625-X-8-.01