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Florida OT Electrical Stimulation Devices
Use of an electrical stimulation device for which a prescription is required by Federal law, 21 C.F.R. §801.109, is expressly prohibited except by an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant who has received training below.
An “electrical stimulation device” is any device for which a prescription is required which employs transcutaneous electric current (direct, alternating, or pulsatile) for therapeutic purposes.
The training required for students, postgraduates, and licensees to qualify for the use of an electrical stimulation device shall include didactic training of at least four (4) hours and performance of at least five (5) treatments under supervision.
The required training may be obtained through educational programs, workshops, or seminars offered at a college or university approved for training of occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association or of physical therapists by the American Physical Therapy Association or at clinical facilities affiliated with such accredited colleges or universities or through educational programs offered by the American Society of Hand Therapists or Florida Occupational Therapy Association. Online courses are not approved for the didactic or performance training.
Supervised Treatment Sessions
Supervised treatment sessions shall be conducted under the personal supervision of licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have completed four hours of coursework in the use of electrical stimulation devices and five (5) supervised treatments or licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants trained in the use of electrical stimulation devices.
Treatment supervisors must have a minimum of 24 months prior experience in the use of electrical stimulation devices.
Personal supervision means that the supervisor is in the room with the trainees and actively provides guidance and supervision of the performance treatments.
Training Program Standards
The training provided which teaches the therapeutic uses of electrical stimulation devices shall provide for the following minimum competency level:
Current Duration and Mode:
Selection of Method and Equipment:
Preparation of Treatment:
Documentation of Treatments:
Proof of Training
Any occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who uses such electrical stimulation device shall, upon request of the Board, or the Department, present proof that he or she has obtained the training required by this rule.
Fla. Admin. Code § 64B11-4.001