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Kansas Occupational Therapy Definitions

The Kansas occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Board” - The Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

“Full-Time” - Employed for thirty (30) or more hours per week.

“Person” - Any individual, partnership, unincorporated organization or corporation.

“Physician” - A person licensed to practice medicine and surgery.

“Practice of Occupational Therapy” - The therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations (goal-directed activities) to evaluate and treat, pursuant to the referral, supervision, order or direction of a physician, a licensed podiatrist, a licensed dentist, a licensed physician assistant, or a licensed advanced practice registered nurse working pursuant to the order or direction of a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery, a licensed chiropractor, or a licensed optometrist, individuals who have a disease or disorder, impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles and to promote health and wellness.

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

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

“Occupational Therapy Aide” - A person who provides supportive services to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.

“Supervision” - Oversight of an occupational therapy assistant by a licensed occupational therapist that includes initial direction and periodic review of service delivery and the provision of relevant instruction and training.


K.S.A. 65-5402

K.A.R. 100-54-12

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