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Connecticut Occupational Therapy FAQs

Welcome to our Connecticut 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. 

FAQs

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 the practice of Occupational Therapy defined in Connecticut?
  • 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?

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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

  • Supervision definitions
  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed OT?
  • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating?

Assistants

  • Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?
  • Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Does the supervising OT need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
  • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
  • Designation for assistants

Aides

  • What can an aide do?
  • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and aides?
  • Required designation for aides

OT/OTA Students and New Graduates

  • Supervision requirements under an OT
  • Supervision requirements under an OTA
  • 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 Connecticut if I am licensed in another state?
  • What is the process for getting reciprocity in Connecticut?

Documentation

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

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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