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Arizona Occupational Therapy Students 

A person pursuing a supervised course of study leading to a degree or certificate in occupational therapy at an accredited or approved educational program, if the person is designated by a title that clearly indicates the person's status as a student or trainee.

Supervision requirements under an OT

In all settings in which occupational therapy services are provided, an occupational therapist, during evaluation, intervention and outcome and discharge planning:

    • Must sign all clinical documentation performed by students.
    • Must be the primary clinical supervisor for level II occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant students, including level II doctoral students.  The occupational therapist's supervision of the student must initially be direct and subsequently may be decreased to less direct supervision as appropriate to the setting, the client's needs and the student's ability.

Supervision requirements under an OTA

In all settings in which occupational therapy services are provided, an occupational therapy assistant, during evaluation, intervention and outcome and discharge planning:

    • Must sign all clinical documentation performed by students.
    • Must be under the direction of an occupational therapist.
    • May be the primary clinical educator for level I occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant students and level II occupational therapy assistant students. The occupational therapy assistant's supervision of the student must initially be direct and subsequently may be decreased to less direct supervision as appropriate to the setting, the client's needs and the student's ability.

Required designation for a student

An occupational therapy student enrolled in an accredited program in occupational therapy shall use the term “OT Student” following the student’s name.


References 

A.R.S. § 32-3422

A.R.S. § 32-3441

A.A.C. R4-43-403

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