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Tennessee OT Thermal Agents
An authorization issued by the Board when a licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant has successfully completed requirements to use thermal agents, for which a federally required prescription is necessary, that include superficial heating agents (e.g., hot packs, paraffin), cryotherapy, and deep heating agents (e.g., ultrasound).
Thermal Agents Certification
To be eligible for certification in the use of thermal agents, an applicant must:
If an applicant is seeking certification in the use of physical agent modalities, the applicant shall present to the Board’s administrative office proof of successful completion of didactic and clinical training that has been completed within two (2) years preceding the submission of the application for certification.
The continuous supervision of fieldwork students who are training to be certified in the use of physical agent modalities is required at all times. Such supervision shall only be provided by an occupational therapist who is currently licensed in Tennessee and is currently certified in Tennessee in the use of physical agent modalities.
The training for the therapeutic use of thermal agents shall provide competency in the following areas:
Preparation for Treatment
Determination of Dosage
Ability to determine dosage through determination of target tissue depth, stage of the condition (acute vs. chronic), and application of power/dosage calculation rules as appropriate.
Ability to administer treatment through identification of controls, sequence of operation, correct application techniques and application of all safety rules and precautions.
Documentation of Treatments
Ability to document treatment including immediate and long-term effects of thermal agents.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.01
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.04