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Florida Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules-
#3021_001 Florida Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules


All occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working in Florida must be licensed and abide by the Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules – including taking a board approved two hour course on the Florida Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules in order to renew an OT license.

What are the Laws and Rules? What are one’s responsibilities under the Laws and Rules? Who writes the Laws and Rules? Where can one read them?

This 2 contact hour Introductory course describes the continuing education requirements, supervision requirements and use of physical agent modalities by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. This course also explains the relationship between NBCOT, AOTA, FOTA, and the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and how they interface with the Florida OT Laws and Rules.

Availability: OT has 120 days from registration, SLP, PT, AT and Guardians must complete and print certificates by 12/31/2015.


Participants will learn about occupational therapy licensees’ responsibilities and the various provisions/requirements of the Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules in Florida. This course meets the Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules mandatory continuing education requirement for re-licensure in Florida.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to :

  • Differentiate the roles of the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) as they relate to the regulation (licensure) of occupational therapy practice in Florida.
  • Explain the scope of occupational therapy practice as outlined by the Florida Practice Act.
  • Outline the OT licensing process in the state of Florida.
  • Discuss the supervision requirements for occupational therapy personnel.
  • List the continuing education requirements for license renewal and for use of physical agent modalities under the practice act and rules.
  • Identify violations of the OT practice act and rules and potential disciplinary actions.



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for .2 CEUs, Introductory Level, Domain of OT:Performance Skills; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for .2 CEUs



This course is also approved by the:

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 2 contact hours

Author and Instructor

Melissa Cohn Bernstein, OTR/L, FAOTA is the founder, President/CEO of Dynamic Learning Online, Inc. providing E-Learning for healthcare professionals since 1999.

With over thirty years of experience in healthcare business operations, regulatory & reimbursement, as well as management and rehabilitation service delivery.  Ms. Bernstein consulted for many years in all aspects of “the business” of rehabilitation. Her range of services are offered within rehab out-patient facilities, private practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities and school systems nationwide.

Melissa was nominated and received the AOTA honor of a Fellow of Occupational Therapy at the 2006 conference. Melissa has published several articles and co-authored several book. From August 2006 –November 2009 she served as the Executive Director for NARA, National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies, an organization that represents and supports rehabilitation practices nationally with a focus on legislation and running a rehab business from a clinically and operationally perspective in a challenging environment.

Teaching MethodS

Teaching methods include: This course is provided using text, pictures, activities and live web links. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. A Final Exam is required with multiple attempts allowed to obtain a minimum passing grade of 80%. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.