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Indiana OT Assistants and Aides

Definition of a OTA

"Occupational therapy assistant" means a person who provides occupational therapy services under the supervision of an occupational therapist

What are OTAs allowed to do?

Under the supervision of an occupational therapist, an occupational therapy assistant may contribute to the screening and evaluation process. The occupational therapy assistant may also contribute to the following:

    • The development and implementation of the intervention plan.
    • The monitoring and documentation of progress.
    • The discontinuation or discharge from care or transitioning to another level of care.
    • The occupational therapy assistant may not independently develop the intervention plan or initiate treatment.

Signature Requirements

The occupational therapist shall countersign within seven (7) calendar days all documentation written by the occupational therapy assistant, which will become part of the patient's permanent record.


An occupational therapy aide may contribute to indirect patient services through the provision of the following:

    • Routine department maintenance.
    • Transportation of patients.
    • Preparation and setting up of treatment equipment.
    • Performing clerical activities.

An aide, with direct on-site supervision of a licensed occupational therapist or, when appropriate, a licensed occupational therapy assistant, may provide direct patient service.


844 IAC 10-6-2

IC 25-23.5-1-6

844 IAC 10-5-5

844 IAC 10-5-6

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