Occupational therapy assistants help licensed occupational therapists in providing rehabilitative services to patients suffering from mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. They use the rehabilitative activities and exercises that are outlined in the treatment plan devised by the occupational therapist. They also record their observations with regard to the patient\'s progress for use by the occupational therapist.
Code Citation IC, Chapter 148B; 645 IAC 206
Who Applies Persons wishing to assist a licensed occupational therapist in providing treatment.
When To Apply After completing educational requirements.
Initial Requirements Graduation from an occupational therapy assistant program approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association with two months of supervised field experience and pass an exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time 4 weeks after all required materials are on file. Online renewal in real time.
Fee Structure Initial License: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf
Renewal Requirements Fifteen hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.
Exam Applicants must pass an examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Additional Information Persons wishing to assist a licensed occupational therapist in providing treatment.