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Idaho OT Physical Agent Modalities
A person may not utilize occupational therapy techniques involving deep thermal, electrotherapeutic, or mechanical physical agent modalities or perform wound care management unless the person is licensed by the Board as an occupational therapist and certified by the Hand Therapy Commission. In lieu of being certified by the Hand Therapy Commission, the person must have obtained education and training as follows.
If the person utilizes techniques involving deep thermal, electrotherapeutic, or mechanical physical agent modalities, the person must have successfully completed thirty (30) contact hours in the application of deep thermal, electrotherapeutic modalities, and mechanical physical agent modalities, along with forty (40) hours of supervised, on-the-job or clinical internship or affiliation training pertaining to such modalities.
If the person manages wound care, the person must have successfully completed fifteen (15) contact hours in wound care management, along with forty (40) hours of supervised, on-the-job or clinical internship or affiliation training pertaining to wound care management.
If the person utilizes both deep thermal, electrotherapeutic, or mechanical physical agent modalities and manages wound care, the forty (40) hours of supervised components may be obtained concurrently.
Obtaining Education and Supervised Training
A student occupational therapist, graduate occupational therapist, and an occupational therapist may utilize deep thermal, electrotherapeutic, or mechanical physical agent modalities or manage wound care while working towards obtaining the education and supervised training. The supervisor must provide at least direct supervision to the student occupational therapist, and at least routine supervision to the graduate occupational therapist or occupational therapist. An occupational therapy assistant may apply deep thermal, electrotherapeutic, or mechanical physical agent modalities under routine supervision if the occupational therapy assistant has obtained the education and training described in this section. Otherwise, the occupational therapy assistant must work under direct line-of-sight supervision while applying such modalities.
Supervised Training by Qualified Individual
The supervised training must be provided by an occupational therapist who is qualified, or by another type of licensed health care practitioner whose education, training, and scope of practice enable the practitioner to competently supervise the person as to the modalities utilized and wound care management provided.