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Florida Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules

presented by Shirish Lala, EdD, MHS, OTR/L

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Financial: Shirish J. Lala receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Shirish J. Lala has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 75 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 47 Minutes

This course will guide occupational therapy practitioners to comply with the laws and rules relevant to practice of occupational therapy in the state of Florida. The goal of the course is to provide practitioners with broad knowledge about the Occupational Therapy Practice Act and the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy and related professional organizations. The topics covered pertaining to the laws and rules include: - Training requirements and supervision of personnel
- Using prescriptive devices
- Renewing credentials and maintaining licensure
- Disciplinary actions and/or penalties
- Legal and ethical issues influencing practice

Meet Your Instructor

Shirish Lala, EdD, MHS, OTR/L

Dr. Shirish Lala is currently serving as the clinical coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Daytona State College. Dr. Lala came to DSC after serving as an occupational therapist at Orange City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in DeBary, Florida. Before moving to Florida, Dr. Lala worked in Mumbai, India, in acute care and…

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1. Florida Occupational Therapy Practice Act

This chapter will discuss contents of the Florida Occupational Therapy (OT) Practice Act, including its purpose; definitions; the board of OT and its functions; and licensure requirements in Florida, including educational preparation, fieldwork completion, and those impacting telehealth service provision. The Florida OT Association, American OT Association, and other professional organizations dedicated to the OT profession will also be discussed.

2. Florida Occupational Therapy Laws

This chapter will cover information about the OT laws and rules in the state and the standards related to the education, competence, experience, and supervision of licensed practitioners. The topics covered include: types of OT practitioners (occupational therapists, therapy assistants, and aides); typical duties, tasks, responsibilities, and supervision requirements for unlicensed personnel; types of supervision during service delivery; and specific training requirements for use of prescription devices such as electronic stimulation and ultrasound.

3. Florida Occupational Therapy Licensure Renewal Requirements

This chapter outlines the process to obtain and maintain a valid license for practicing as an occupational therapy practitioner in the state of Florida. The chapter also clarifies continuing education requirements, licensure renewal and fees, disciplinary action(s) and penalties, and extenuating circumstances that may influence the licensure process.

4. Legal and Ethical Issues

This chapter explains the legal issues that influence OT practice, including the steps involved in ethical decision-making. Topics in this chapter include civil and criminal law; torts; and the OT code of ethics, core values, and ethical principles, including standards of conduct and ethical violations and dilemmas.

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