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Iowa Occupational Therapy Definitions

The Iowa occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Active License”- A license that is current and has not expired.

“Board” - The Iowa board of physical and occupational therapy/

“Department”- The department of public health.

“Grace Period”- The 30-day period following expiration of a license when the license is still considered to be active. In order to renew a license during the grace period, a licensee is required to pay a late fee.

“Inactive License”- A license that has expired because it was not renewed by the end of the grace period. The category of “inactive license” may include licenses formerly known as lapsed, inactive, delinquent, closed, or retired.

“Licensee”- Any person licensed to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in the state of Iowa.

“License Expiration Date”- The fifteenth (15th) day of the birth month every two years after initial licensure.

“Licensure by Endorsement”- The issuance of an Iowa license to practice occupational therapy to an applicant who is or has been licensed in another state.

“Licensure Examination”- The examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

“Mandatory Training”- Training on identifying and reporting child abuse or dependent adult abuse required of occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants who are mandatory reporters.

“NBCOT”- The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

“Occupational Therapist” - A person licensed in Iowa to practice occupational therapy.

“Occupational Therapy” - The therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with individuals, groups, populations, or organizations to support participation, performance, and function in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed in Iowa to assist in the practice of occupational therapy.

“Occupational Therapy Practice” - The therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with individuals, groups, populations, or organizations, to support participation, performance, and function in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.

“Occupational Therapy Screening” - A brief process which is directed by an occupational therapist in order for the occupational therapist to render a decision as to whether the individual warrants further, in-depth evaluation and which includes:

    • Assessment of the medical and social history of an individual;
    • Observations related by that individual’s caregivers; or
    • Observations or nonstandardized tests, or both, administered to an individual by the occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant under the direction of the occupational therapist.

“On Site”:

    • To be continuously on site and present in the department or facility where the assistive personnel are performing services;
    • To be immediately available to assist the person being supervised in the services being performed; and
    • To provide continued direction of appropriate aspects of each treatment session in which a component of treatment is delegated to assistive personnel.

“OT” - Occupational therapist.

“OTA” - Occupational therapy assistant.

“Reactivate” or “Reactivation” - The process by which an inactive license is restored to active status.

“Reciprocal License” - The issuance of an Iowa license to practice occupational therapy to an applicant who is currently licensed in another state which has a mutual agreement with the Iowa board of physical and occupational therapy to license persons who have the same or similar qualifications to those required in Iowa.

“Reinstatement” - The process by which a licensee who has had a license suspended or revoked or who has voluntarily surrendered a license may apply to have the license reinstated, with or without conditions. Once the license is reinstated, the licensee may apply for active status.

“Telehealth Visit” - The provision of occupational therapy services by a licensee to a patient using technology where the licensee and the patient are not at the same physical location for the occupational therapy session

Reference

Iowa Code Ann. ยง 148B.2

Iowa Admin. Code r. 645—206.1

Iowa Admin. Code r. 645—207.1

Iowa Admin. Code r. 645—209.1

Iowa Admin. Code r. 645—208.3


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