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Minnesota OT Definitions
The Minnesota occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions.
“Biennial Licensure Period” - The two (2) year period for which licensure is effective.
“Board” - The Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.
“Contact Hour” - An instructional session of sixty (60) minutes, excluding coffee breaks, registration, meals without a speaker, and social activities.
“Credential” - A license, permit, certification, registration, or other evidence of qualification or authorization to engage in the practice of occupational therapy issued by any authority.
“Credentialing Examination for Occupational Therapist” - The examination sponsored by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for credentialing as an occupational therapist, registered.
“Credentialing Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistant” - The examination sponsored by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for credentialing as a certified occupational therapy assistant.
“Delegate” - To transfer to an occupational therapy assistant the authority to perform selected portions of an occupational therapy evaluation or treatment plan for a specific patient.
“Licensed Health Care Professional” - A person licensed in good standing in Minnesota to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, advanced practice registered nursing, or dentistry, or is a person registered as a physician assistant in Minnesota.
“Occupational Therapist” - An individual who meets the qualifications to practice occupational therapy in Minnesota.
“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - An individual who meets the qualifications for an occupational therapy assistant and is licensed by the board.
“Occupational Therapy Practitioner” - Any individual licensed as either an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.
“License” - The act or status of a natural person who meets the requirements of sections 148.6401 to 148.6449.
“Licensee” - A person who meets the requirements of sections 148.6401 to 148.6449.
“Licensure by Equivalency” - A method of licensure by which an individual who possesses a current credential from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy may qualify for licensure.
“Licensure by Reciprocity” - A method of licensure by which an individual who possesses a credential from another jurisdiction may qualify for Minnesota licensure.
“Limited License” - A license issued to persons who for two years or more did not apply for a license after meeting the requirements or who allowed their license to lapse for four years or more.
“Service Competency” - Of an occupational therapy assistant in performing treatment procedures means the ability of an occupational therapy assistant to perform treatment procedures in a manner such that the outcome, documentation, and follow-up are equivalent to that which would have been achieved had the supervising occupational therapist performed the treatment procedure.
“Service Competency” - Of an occupational therapist means the ability of an occupational therapist to consistently perform an assessment task or intervention procedure with the level of skill recognized as satisfactory within the appropriate acceptable prevailing practice of occupational therapy.
“Temporary Licensure” - A method of licensure by which an individual who (1) has completed an approved or accredited education program but has not met the examination requirement; or (2) possesses a credential from another jurisdiction or the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy but who has not submitted the documentation may qualify for Minnesota licensure for a limited time period.
Minn. Stat. § 148.6402
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