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California Occupational Therapy Students

Student Exemption

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

"Level I student" means an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant student participating in activities designed to introduce him or her to fieldwork experiences and develop an understanding of the needs of clients.

"Level II student" means an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant student participating in delivering occupational therapy services to clients with the goal of developing competent, entry-level practitioners.

What can current students do?

A Level II student may, at the discretion of the supervising occupational therapy practitioner, be assigned duties or functions commensurate with his or her education and training.

All documented client-related services by the limited permit holder or student shall be reviewed and cosigned by the supervising occupational therapist.


Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2570.4

Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 4180

Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 4183

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