21 NCAC 38 .0903             Types of supervision

Occupational therapy assistants at all levels require supervision by an occupational therapist.  The specific frequency, methods, and content of supervision may vary by practice setting and are dependent on the complexity of client needs, number and diversity of clients, demonstrated service competency of the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant, type of practice setting, requirements of the practice setting, and other regulatory requirements.  Based on this the following apply:

(1)           Occupational therapy assistants with less than one year experience and occupational therapy assistants new to a particular practice setting require close supervision;

(2)           Occupational therapy assistants with more than one year of experience require general supervision; and

(3)           Supervision that is more frequent than the minimum level required by the practice setting or regulatory agencies is necessary when the needs of the client and the occupational therapy process are complex and changing, the practice setting provides occupational therapy services to a large number of clients with diverse needs, or the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant determine that additional supervision is necessary to ensure safe and effective delivery of occupational therapy services.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-270.69;

Eff. July 1, 2007;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 23, 2016.