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California Occupational Therapy Practice Issues

Members have full access to the guidance below and can contact us with questions regarding any California occupational therapy compliance issue.  Please consider joining today if you need assistance.

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?


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

Hand Therapy

    • Application
    • Required Hours
    • Using Physical Agent Modalities

Physical Agent Modalities

    • Application
    • Required Hours

Topical Medications

    • Types of Medications
    • Prescription Requirement
    • Standard of Practice

Referrals and Direct Access

    • California is a direct access state for occupational therapy services

Swallowing Assessment

    • Role of the OT
    • Education and Training Requirements


    • What must be included in the client record?
    • What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
    • Signature requirements
    • How long do client records need to be retained?


    • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
    • Required designation for occupational therapists
    • Are there any specific requirements for posting notifications or licenses?
    • When does an OT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Infection Control

    • Standard precautions
    • Proper hand hygiene
    • Use of personal protective equipment
    • Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette
    • Patient/client care

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