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Arizona Occupational Therapy Aides

“Occupational therapy aide,” “unlicensed personnel,” and “occupational therapy technician” mean a person who is not licensed as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, working under the continuous supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

What can an aide do?

An occupational therapy aide may provide supportive services assigned by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant after the aide is specifically trained to provide the supportive services by an occupational therapist.

“Supportive Services” means clerical and maintenance activities, preparation of work area or equipment, and delegated, routine aspects of an intervention session with a patient or client that require no adaptations by an occupational therapy aide.

What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?

An occupational therapy aide shall not provide occupational therapy services in any setting.

An occupational therapy aide shall not perform the following tasks:

    • Evaluate a client or patient;
    • Prepare a treatment plan;
    • Make entries in client or patient record regarding client or patient status;
    • Develop, plan, adjust, or modify treatment procedures;
    • Interpret referrals or prescriptions for occupational therapy services;
    • Continue a task if there is a change in the client’s or patient’s condition;
    • Perform any task without adequate training or skills; and
    • Perform any task requiring licensure under A.R.S. ยง 32- 3401-3445.

What type of supervision is required?

An occupational therapy aide shall receive continuous supervision.

“Continuous supervision” means the supervising occupational therapist is in the immediate area of the occupational therapy aide performing supportive services.

What does “immediate area” mean?

“Immediate area” means an occupational therapist is on the same floor and within 80 feet of an occupational therapy aide providing services to an occupational therapy patient

What is the ratio between supervising OTs and aides?

N/A

Required designation for aides

An occupational therapy aide shall use the term “OT Aide” following the occupational therapy aide’s name.

Reference

A.A.C. R4-43-101

A.A.C. R4-43-402

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