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California Occupational Therapy

Welcome to our California 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 California. 


Continuing Education

    • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
    • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
    • Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
    • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
    • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
    • What are the reporting requirements?
    • Waivers and audits 

Scope of Practice

  • How is occupational therapy defined in California?
  • What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?
  • What is specifically excluded from the practice?
  • Are there any special trainings or requirements?

Hand Therapy

  • Application
  • Required Hours
  • Using Physical Agent Modalities

Physical Agent Modalities

  • Application
  • Required Hours

Topical Medications

  • Types of Medications
  • Standard of Practice

Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, or Intervention

  • Role of the Occupational Therapist
  • Education and Training Requirements


  • License Requirement
  • Informed Consent
  • Evaluations
  • Standard of Care

Supervision and Delegation 



OT/OTA Students

Identification and Notifications

Infection Control

Limited Permits

Unprofessional Conduct

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