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Kentucky Occupational Therapy Deep Agent Modalities
"Deep physical agent modalities" means any device that uses sound waves or agents which supply or induce an electric current through the body, which make the body a part of the circuit, including iontophoresis units with a physician's prescription, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation units and functional electrical stimulation, or microcurrent devices.
"Superficial physical agent modalities" means hot packs, cold packs, ice, fluidotherapy, paraffin, water, and other commercially available superficial heating and cooling devices.
A licensee, before utilizing deep physical agent modalities, shall submit to the board a DPAM Specialty Certification Application.
The application shall be accompanied by:
The documentation shall include:
A DPAM Specialty Certification shall be issued by the board before the individual can begin using deep physical agent modalities except when a qualified licensee is performing those modalities as part of a supervised program to complete the five (5) supervised treatment sessions required for a DPAM Specialty Certification under this administrative regulation.
Training and Instruction
The training and instruction shall be earned by direct personal participation in courses, workshops, or seminars.
The content of the courses, workshops, or seminars shall include hands on training and instruction. Training shall not consist of all on-line courses that do not provide hands on lab instruction. Training shall include the following subject areas:
The training and instruction shall include at a minimum eight (8) hours for an OTA/L and four (4) hours for an OT/L of hands on laboratory experience using DPAMs.
All courses, workshops, or seminars utilized for DPAM Specialty Certification shall meet the requirements above, be at least four (4) hours in length, and be approved by the board.
Supervised Treatment Sessions
The supervised treatment sessions required for DPAM Specialty Certification shall be sufficiently detailed to allow the DPAM supervisor to determine that the supervisee has demonstrated the following skills:
The supervised treatment sessions shall include one (1) session for each of the following areas:
The remaining two (2) sessions may cover any deep physical agent including those identified above.
Supervised treatment sessions may be completed in a laboratory portion of an instructional course, provided that the instructor meets the board’s requirements for a DPAM supervisor and that all of the requirements of this administrative regulation have been met.
Treatment sessions shall be completed under the direct supervision of an OT/L who meets the requirements of this section and is approved by the board.
Before an OT/L may be a DPAM supervisor for the treatment sessions specified in this administrative regulation, he or she shall:
Individuals other than OT/Ls who have previously been approved as a DPAM supervisor under this administrative regulation shall maintain the status as a DPAM supervisor until June 1, 2015. After this time, only OT/Ls who meet the requirements shall remain active DPAM supervisors and be approved by the board.
The issuance of the DPAM specialty certification by the board only shows that the applicant has met the minimum requirements. It shall be the duty of the individual licensee to determine his or her competency to provide a specific DPAM for a client.
An OTA/L certified to use DPAMs under this administrative regulation may only use DPAMs when supervised by an OT/L certified to use DPAMs under this administrative regulation.
Ky, Rev. Stat. Ann. §319A.010
201 KAR 28:170
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