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Texas Occupational Therapy Assistants

"Occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed by the board as an occupational therapy assistant who assists in the practice of occupational therapy under the general supervision of an occupational therapist.

Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?

OTAs may provide occupational therapy services following the evaluation and plan of care established by the OT.

Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?

Services that can only be performed by a licensed OT.

What type of supervision is required?

§373.3 Has been scheduled to be repealed.

The repeal of §373.3 would remove from the OT Rules the supervision requirements in that section, which concern the supervision of an occupational therapy assistant with a regular license. Such requirements include that an occupational therapy assistant must submit the Supervision of an Occupational Therapy Assistant form with the employer information and name and license number of one of the occupational therapists working for the employer who will be providing supervision. The repeal would also remove from the OT Rules requirements concerning the Supervision Log and requirements that occupational therapy assistants with a regular license receive frequent communication supervision and interactive supervision from occupational therapists.

Does the supervising occupational therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?

The occupational therapy assistant must include the name of a supervising OT in each intervention note.

What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?


What is the required designation for OT assistants?

A licensed occupational therapy assistant shall use the title occupational therapy assistant or the initials OTA. COTA® is an alternate term for OTA if an individual who is licensed by the board takes the responsibility for ensuring that he or she is qualified to use it by maintaining certification through NBCOT.


Tex. Admin. Code §362.1

Tex. Admin. Code §372.1

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