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Illinois Occupational Therapy FAQs

Welcome to our Illinois Occupational Therapy FAQs.  We’ve combined Illinois statutes, board rules, and position statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by OTs and OTAs.  If you need assistance, please contact us


Scope of Practice

    • How is occupational therapy defined in Illinois?
    • What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?
    • What is specifically excluded from the practice?
    • Are there any special trainings or requirements?


    • Physical Agent Modalities
    • Required Training
    • Clinical Supervisor
    • Documentation of Training
    • Training Prior to 2002

Orders and Referrals

    • Is a referral required to provide OT services?
    • Are there exceptions to the referral requirement?
    • Which providers can issue the referral?
    • When does an OT have to refer a patient to a physician?


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


    • Definition of an occupational therapy aide?
    • What tasks can an aide perform?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?
    • What type of supervision is required?

Continuing Education

    • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
    • How is credit hour defined?
    • How long is the reporting period?
    • What kind of activities can be taken for CE credit?
    • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
    • What are the reporting requirements?
    • Is there a way to waive CE requirements?

Dry Needling

    • Definitions
    • Course and Practice Requirements
    • Referral


    • What must be included in the advertisement?
    • What may be included in the advertisement?
    • Information that may be considered fraudulent or misleading?
    • How long do I need to keep the advertisement?

Students and Graduate Practice

    • Can students practice in a clinical setting?
    • Who is eligible for a temporary permit?
    • Duration of the permit

Licensure by Reciprocity 

    • What is the process for getting reciprocity in Illinois?

Professional Conduct

    • Patient Rights
    • Standards of Competence
    • Compliance with Laws and Regulations
    • Accurate Information about Services
    • Treatment of other Colleagues and Professionals

Unprofessional Conduct 

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