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New York Occupational Therapy Students

Student Exemption

To be permitted to practice as an exempt person an occupational therapy assistant student shall be enrolled in a program and shall practice under the direction and supervision of:

    • An occupational therapist; or
    • An occupational therapy assistant who is licensed and who is under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

What type of supervision is required for a student?

An occupational therapy assistant student from engaging in clinical practice under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant who is under the supervision of an occupational therapist, as part of an accredited occupational therapy assistant program.

When occupational therapists act as supervisors for persons gaining experience for licensure, the supervisee should not directly pay the supervisor. The supervisor should not accept payment directly from the supervisee for supervision that would lead to course credit in academic programs or licensure. When a supervisor accepts payment directly from the supervisee in these situations, it could be considered a conflict of interest and a dual relationship.

Supervised Experience

The six (6) months of full-time supervised experience in occupational therapy may be completed as part of the basic program. Full-time experience not completed as part of an approved program shall be under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

For candidates who have accumulated other than full-time supervised experience, part-time experience may be counted if it is obtained at the rate of at least two (2) full days per week (minimum of 15 hours) and for continuous periods of not less than two (2) months for an accumulated total of six (6) months.


NYCCR § 7906

NY EDN Law 156 § 76.2

NY EDN Law 156 § 76.9

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