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California OT Physical Agent Modalities 


Applicants seeking approval in the use of physical agent modalities shall submit the Application for Advanced Practice Approval in Physical Agent Modalities (Form APP, Rev. 07/11).

Required Hours

Physical agent modalities may be used only when an occupational therapist has demonstrated to the Board in an application that he or she has met the post professional education and training requirements established by this section as follows:

  • Education: Completion of thirty (30) contact hours in the subjects listed in Code section 2570.3(f).
  • Training: Completion of 240 hours of supervised on-the-job training, clinical internship or affiliation, which may be paid or voluntary, pertaining to physical agent modalities.

An occupational therapist whose application provides proof of current certification as a Certified Hand Therapist, issued by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, shall be deemed to have met the education and training requirements established by this section.

An occupational therapist may use only those physical agent modalities he or she is competent to use.


16 CCR ยง 4152

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