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Pennsylvania OT Unprofessional Conduct

Unprofessional conduct shall include the following:

    • Obtaining a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation or concealment of material facts.
    • Being guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined by a rule established by the board or violating a code of ethics adopted by the board.
    • Being convicted of or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to a crime which is found by the board to have a direct bearing on whether the person should be entrusted to serve the public as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

Unprofessional conduct includes the following:

    • Harassing, abusing or intimidating a patient physically, verbally or sexually.
    • Divulging, without patient or family consent, or both, information gained in the patient-therapist relationship to anyone not a member of the patient’s immediate family or not a health-care professional or educational team member, unless under a statute or court order.
    • Receiving a fee for referring a patient to a third person.
    • Accepting a patient for treatment or continuing treatment if benefit cannot reasonably be expected to accrue to the patient or client or misleading a patient as to the benefits to be derived from occupational therapy.
    • Guaranteeing the results of therapy, consultation or procedure.
    • Practicing while using or under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or another type of drug, chemical or material which impairs judgment or coordination.
    • Practicing without reasonable skill and safety to patients due to a physical or mental condition which impairs judgment or coordination or addiction to alcohol, narcotics or another type of drug, chemical or material which impairs judgment or coordination.
    • Practicing outside the lawful scope of occupational therapy.


63 P.S. §§ 1516

49 Pa. Code § 42.31

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