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Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Temporary Permits
A temporary license may be granted by the board to a person who has completed the education and experience requirements of this act in the following categories:
A temporary license may be granted to a person engaged in the performance of occupational therapy services who is a nonresident of this Commonwealth, provided the services of the licensee are performed for not longer than a six (6) consecutive month period in a calendar year and are performed in association with a licensed occupational therapist and that one of the following exists:
The Board may issue a temporary license to an applicant who pays the required fee and submits evidence satisfactory to the Board, on forms provided by the Board, that the applicant:
Has met requirements for licensure.
Is eligible and has applied to take the licensure examination or has failed the licensure examination but applied to retake the examination on the next scheduled date if the following applies:
A temporary license authorizes the practice of occupational therapy only as an assistant under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.
The Board may also issue a temporary license to an applicant who:
The supervisor is onsite at least 25% of the time worked by the temporary licensee and at all other times is available for prompt consultation by telephone or otherwise.
‘‘Onsite’’ means that the supervisor is physically present and available in the facility or other location where the temporary licensee is working. When the facility comprises more than one contiguous building, availability means that the supervisor is readily accessible for face-to-face consultation with the supervisee.
Supervision includes the following:
The supervisor has face-to-face individual contact with the temporary licensee at least weekly in the case of a temporarily licensed occupational therapist and at least daily in the case of a temporarily licensed occupational therapy assistant. This contact shall include observation of the temporary licensee performing occupational therapy.
The supervisor has face-to-face, telephone or written supervisory contact with the temporary licensee at least daily in the case of a temporarily licensed occupational therapist and as needed in the case of a temporarily licensed occupational therapy assistant. For purposes of this paragraph, face-to-face contact may include group conferences among the supervisor and two or more supervisees.
Supervisors shall intensify supervision consistent with a temporary licensee’s experience, competence and performance or when other factors, such as failing the licensing examination, indicate that greater oversight is needed.
Responsibilities of the Supervisor
Additionally, supervision of a temporary licensee requires that the supervisor:
Tasks a Temporary Licensee May Preform
The supervisor may assign to a temporarily licensed occupational therapist elements of patient/client evaluation and reevaluation and elements of preparing a written program plan. These assignments shall be consistent with the training, experience and competence of the temporary licensee.
The supervisor may assign to a competent temporarily licensed occupational therapy assistant the administration of standardized tests, the performance of activities of daily living evaluations and other elements of patient/client evaluation and reevaluation that do not require the professional judgment and skill of an occupational therapist.
The supervisor shall maintain a supervisory plan and shall document the supervision of each temporary licensee. Documentation shall include evidence of regular supervision and contact between the supervisor and the temporary licensee.
A supervisor who is temporarily unable to provide supervision shall arrange for substitute supervision by an occupational therapist currently licensed by the Board. The substitute shall provide supervision that is as rigorous and thorough as that provided by the permanent supervisor.
49 Pa. Code § 42.23
49 Pa. Code § 42.15
63 P.S. §§ 1509