Laws & Rules for the Florida Occupational Therapy Practitioner, 2nd Edition
About the Course
According to 64B11-5.001 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), it is required that Florida occupational therapy practitioners complete several mandatory subjects as part of their 26 hours of approved continuing education per biennium. 64B11-5.001(7) states, “as part of the twenty-six (26) hours of continuing education required herein for licensure renewal, each licensee shall attend a two (2) hour Board approved course on laws and rules covering Chapters 456 and 468, Part III, F.S., and Division 64B11, F.A.C. (Florida Department of State, 2022).
Chapter 468, Part III, (ss. 468.201-468.225) is referred to as the “Occupational Therapy Practice Act.” The purpose of this Act is to provide for the regulation of persons offering occupational therapy services to the public in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare; protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons; assure the highest degree of professional conduct on the part of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants; and assure the availability of occupational therapy services of high quality to persons in need of such services (Section 468.201; 2023 Florida Statutes, n.d.p).
This course will satisfy the two hours of study required for laws and rules. Section I will detail the Occupational Therapy Practice Act, or Chapter 468, Part III. Section II will provide an overview of Chapter 456, which covers general provisions for health professions and occupations. Finally, Section III will review Chapter 64B11 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C).
- Define occupational therapy in the context of the Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code.
- Recall the organization of the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.
- List the requirements for licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in the State of Florida.
- Recognize specific acts that may result in disciplinary measures and the range of penalties for those acts.
- Define “occupational therapy aide” and delineate assignable duties.
- Identify the continuing education requirements for license renewal.
About the Author
Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L, CLA, FNAP is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University, where she has been a faculty member for over 13 years and currently serves as Program Director. She attended Duquesne University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004. In December 2009, she completed a Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned the credential Academic Leader via completion of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Academic Leadership Insitute in 2018. Dr. Deiuliis was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner Fellow via the National Academies of Practice in Occupational Therapy in 2023. She continues to practice clinically on a per-diem basis at UPMC Shadyside Hospital within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Cetner (UPMC) Rehabilitation Insitute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Deiuliis had had various leadership roles within academia and the occupational therapy profession, such as serving on the Board of Directors within the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She has presented at state, national and international conferences on topics related to fieldwork education, professionalism, interprofessional education and teaching methodologies.
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- Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
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