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Colorado Occupational Therapy FAQs

Welcome to our Colorado 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. 

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Scope of Practice

    • How is the practice of Occupational Therapy defined in Colorado?
    • What services are included in the scope of practice?
    • Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice
    • Are there any specific procedures or modalities regulated by the board?


Referrals - Direct Access

    • Is a referral required to provide OT services?
    • When does an OT have to refer a patient to a physician?

Supervision and Delegation

    • What are the different levels of supervision?
    • Which services can only be performed by a licensed OT?
    • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating?
    • What is the ratio between the supervising OT and assistive personnel? 


    • What services are OTAs allowed to perform?
    • Which specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
    • What level of supervision is required?
    • Does the supervising OT need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
    • How do OTAs need to be designated?  


    • What tasks can an aide perform?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What level of supervision is required?
    • How do aides need to be identified?

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 

OT/OTA Students and New Graduates

    • What are the supervision requirements for students?
    • Required designation for a student
    • Who is eligible for a temporary license?
    • What type of supervision is required for a temporary license holder?
    • How long does the temporary license last?
    • Can the license be renewed?

Out-of-State OTs

    • Can I practice in Colorado if I am licensed in another state?
    • What is the process for getting reciprocity in Colorado?


    • What must be included in the patient record?
    • What are the OTs documentation responsibilities?
    • When is a reevaluation/reassessment required?
    • Is a discharge summery required for every patient? 

Identification and Notifications

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

Unprofessional Conduct 

    • When am I obligated to report to the board?
    • What is consider unprofessional conduct?

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