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Minnesota OT Scope of Practice

How is the practice of Occupational Therapy defined in Minnesota?

The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday activities with individuals or groups for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation. It is the promotion of health and well-being through the use of occupational therapy services that includes screening, evaluation, intervention, and consultation to develop, recover, and maintain a client's:

    • Sensory integrative, neuromuscular, motor, emotional, motivational, cognitive, or psychosocial components of performance;
    • Daily living skills;
    • Feeding and swallowing skills;
    • Play and leisure skills;
    • Educational participation skills;
    • Functional performance and work participation skills;
    • Community mobility; and
    • Health and wellness.

What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy services include but are not limited to:

    • Designing, fabricating, or applying rehabilitative technology, such as selected orthotic and prosthetic devices, and providing training in the functional use of these devices;
    • Designing, fabricating, or adapting assistive technology and providing training in the functional use of assistive devices;
    • Adapting environments using assistive technology such as environmental controls, wheelchair modifications, and positioning; and
    • Employing physical agent modalities in preparation for or as an adjunct to purposeful activity to meet established functional occupational therapy goals.

Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice


Are there any specific procedures or modalities regulated by the board?



Minn. Stat. § 148.6404

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