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North Carolina Occupational Therapy Students

Exemption for Students

Any person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate in occupational therapy at an accredited or approved educational program if the activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study and if the person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee.

What type of supervision is required for a student?

Supervision of occupational therapy students:

    • An occupational therapy practitioner shall comply with Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requirements for experience when supervising Level II fieldwork occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant students, which ACOTE requirements, including subsequent amendments and editions, are incorporated by reference. Copies of the incorporated material are available for inspection at the Board office and are available for purchase for five dollars ($5.00);
    • The occupational therapist may supervise Level I and Level II fieldwork occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant students.

The occupational therapy assistant may:

  • Supervise Level I occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant students;
  •  Supervise Level II occupational therapy assistant students; and
  • Participate in the supervision of Level II occupational therapist students under the direction and guidance of the supervising occupational therapist.


Any person fulfilling the supervised fieldwork experience required for licensure under this Article if the person is designated by a title, which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee.


N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-270.81

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