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Indiana OT Temporary Permits 

Application for Occupational Therapist Licensure and Occupational Therapy Assistant Licensure


The committee may issue a temporary permit to a person to engage in the practice of occupational therapy as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant if the person pays a fee and the person:

    • Has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state and the person has applied for a license or certificate from the committee;
    • Is practicing occupational therapy in a state that does not license or certify occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants but is certified by a national occupational therapy association approved by the board and the person has applied for a license from the committee; or
    •  Meets all the following requirements:
      • Has graduated from an accredited program.
      • Has completed the fieldwork experience requirement for a license.
      • Is eligible to take the entry level examination.

A person with a temporary permit may engage in the practice of occupational therapy as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant only under the supervision of an occupational therapist licensed under this article.


A temporary permit expires the earlier of:

    • The date the person holding the permit is issued a permanent license under this article;
    • The date the committee disapproves the person's license application; or
    • One hundred eighty (180) days after the date the permit is issued.

The committee may renew a temporary permit if the person holding the permit was scheduled to take the next examination and the person:

    • Did not take the examination; and
    • Shows good cause for not taking the examination.

A permit renewed expires on the date the person holding the permit receives the results from the next examination given after the permit was issued.


Application for Affirmation of Supervision

The supervising occupational therapist shall be reasonably available and responsible at all times for the direction and action of the person supervised when services are performed by the holder of a temporary permit.  Unless the supervising occupational therapist is on the premises to provide constant supervision, the holder of the temporary permit shall meet once each working day to review all patients' treatments. This meeting must include the actual presence of the occupational therapist or the designated occupational therapist. The patient's care shall always be the responsibility of the supervising occupational therapist.

The supervising occupational therapist shall, within fourteen (14) days, notify the committee in writing when the supervising relationship with the holder of the temporary permit has changed or been terminated. The notification to the committee shall indicate the reason for the change or termination in supervision. It shall be the responsibility of the holder of the temporary permit to notify the committee in writing of the name and license number of a new supervisor.

An occupational therapist may not supervise more than three (3) holders of temporary permits issued at one (1) time.


Reports written by the holder of a temporary permit for inclusion in the patient's permanent record shall be countersigned by the supervising occupational therapist who may enter any remarks, revisions, or additions as the occupational therapist deems appropriate.  The occupational therapist shall countersign within seven (7) calendar days all documentation written by the holder of the temporary permit issued.


IC 25-23.5-5-11

844 IAC 10-5-13

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