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Arizona Occupational Therapy 

Welcome to our Arizona Occupational Therapy FAQs.  We've combined the state laws, board rules, and statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by OTs and OTAs in Arizona. 

Arizona Medicaid Coverage of Physical and Occupational Therapy 

Arizona Occupational Therapy Forum

FAQs

Continuing Education


  • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
  • How long is the reporting period?
  • How is credit hour defined?
  • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
  • Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?
  • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
  • Course Approval Requirements

    Scope of Practice 

    • How is the practice of Occupational Therapy defined in Arizona?
    • What services are expressly included in the scope of practice?
    • Does Arizona require a certificate to perform hand therapy?
    • Does Arizona allow OTs to practice physical agent modalities?
    • Does AZ allow OTs to practice wound care?
    • Does AZ allow OTs to administer topical medications?

    Telehealth

    • Can OTs practice through telehealth?

    Referrals - Direct Access

    • Is a referral required to provide OT services?
    • When does an OT have to refer a patient to a physician?
    Supervision and Delegation
    • Supervision definitions
    • Which services can only be performed by a licensed occupational therapist?
    • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating?
    Assistants
    • Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?
    • Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • Less than 12 months of practice
    • Between 12 and 24 months of practice
    • More than 24 months of experience
    • Does the supervising occupational therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
    • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
    • Designation for assistants
    Aides
    • What can an aide do?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and aides?
    • Required designation for aides

    Students

    • Supervision requirements under an OT
    • Supervision requirements under an OTA
    • Required designation for a student

    Limited Permits (Graduate Practice)

    • Who is eligible for a limited license?
    • What type of supervision is required for a limited license holder?
    • The Direct Supervision Agreement for a Limited Permit
    • How long does the limited license last?
    • Can the license be renewed?
    • Required designation for a permit holder

    Licensure by Endorsement

    • Can I practice in state if I am licensed in another state?
    • What is the process for getting reciprocity in state?

    License Exemptions

    Documentation

      • What must be included in the patient record?
      • What are the occupational therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
      • When is a reevaluation/reassessment required?
      • Unprofessional conduct related to documentation

    Identification and Notifications 

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

    Unprofessional Conduct  

      • When am I obligated to report to the board?
      • What is consider unprofessional conduct?


    Arizona Medicaid and Workers' Compensation Fee Schedules 

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