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Ohio Occupational Therapy

Ohio Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Webinar Recording

Welcome to our Ohio Occupational Therapy FAQs.  We’ve combined Ohio statutes, board rules, and position statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by OTs and OTAs.

Ohio Medicaid Coverage of Physical and Occupational Therapy 

Ohio Occupational Therapy Forum


Continuing Education

  • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
  • What is the definition of “contact hour”?
  • How long is the reporting period?
  • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
  • Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?
  • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
  • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
  • Audit
  • Waiver

Scope of Practice

  • How is the practice of Occupational Therapy defined in Ohio?
  • Can OTs evaluate and treat dysphagia?
  • Does Ohio allow OTs to administer topical medications?

Referrals and Direct Access

  • Is a referral required to provide OT services?


Supervision and Delegation

  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed occupational therapist?
  • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating?


  • What services are OTAs allowed to practice?
  • Can an OTA complete a home assessment?
  • Can an OTA perform a screen?
  • Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • What kind of supervision is necessary for OTAs in their first year of practice?
  • What is the supervision process between an OT and OTA?
  • How do the OT and OTA demonstrate that supervision occurred?
  • Responsibilities of the OT when delegating to the OTA
  • Does the supervising occupational therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
  • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
  • Who can an OTA supervise?
  • Required designation for assistants


  • What can an aide do?
  • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
  • What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • What is the ratio between supervising OTs and aides?
  • Required designation for aides

Role of Therapists and Assistants in School-Based Practices


  • Definitions
  • Role of students in clinical practice
  • Supervision requirements for student OTs and student OTAs
  • Co-Signatures on student documentation
  • Designation for students

Identification and Notification 

  • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
  • Are there any specific requirements for posting notifications or licenses?
  • When does an OT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Documentation Requirements 

  • What are the occupational therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
  • What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
  • Evaluations
  • Treatment Sessions
  • Progress Reports
  • Reevaluations

License in Escrow - Inactive Status

  • What does license in escrow mean?
  • How many times can a person renew their license in escrow?
  • Returning to active status
  • Restored licenses valid for less than twelve months
  • Restored licenses valid for twelve months or more
  • Incomplete applications
  • When does a license in escrow expire?

Temporary License for Military Spouse 

  • My spouse is on active military duty in Ohio, can I get a license to practice?
  • What do I need to have for my application?
  • How long does the temporary license last?

Unprofessional Conduct and Ethics 

    • Ethics and Professionalism
    • Professionalism of Licensee
    • Licensee and Client Interactions
    • Cooperation with the Board
    • Self-Reporting Requirements
    • Can I waive my patient’s copayments or deductibles?

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