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Virginia Occupational Therapy Definitions 

The Virginia occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“ACOTE”- The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

“Active Practice”- A minimum of 160 hours of professional practice as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant within the 24-month period immediately preceding renewal or application for licensure, if previously licensed or certified in another jurisdiction. The active practice of occupational therapy may include supervisory, administrative, educational or consultative activities or responsibilities for the delivery of such services.

“Advisory Board”- The Advisory Board of Occupational Therapy.

“Contact Hour”- Sixty (60) minutes of time spent in continued learning activity.

“NBCOT”- The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, under which the national examination for certification is developed and implemented.

“National Examination”- The examination prescribed by NBCOT for certification as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant and approved for licensure in Virginia.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant”- An individual who has met the requirements of the Board for licensure and who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist to assist in the practice of occupational therapy.

“Occupational Therapy Personnel”- Appropriately trained individuals who provide occupational therapy services under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

“Practice of Occupational Therapy” - The therapeutic use of occupations for habilitation and rehabilitation to enhance physical health, mental health, and cognitive functioning and includes the evaluation, analysis, assessment, and delivery of education and training in basic and instrumental activities of daily living; the design, fabrication, and application of orthoses (splints); the design, selection, and use of adaptive equipment and assistive technologies; therapeutic activities to enhance functional performance; vocational evaluation and training; and consultation concerning the adaptation of physical, sensory, and social environments.

Reference

Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-2900

18 VAC 85-80-10


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