Licensing History
Occupational Therapy Practitioners Licensing Program

The Minnesota Department of Health is responsible for licensing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Minnesota. The Department first began regulating occupational therapy practitioners in June 1996 with a system of registration. The regulations for registration prohibited the use of protected titles unless education, supervised fieldwork and examination requirements were met and the practitioner registered with the Commissioner of Health. In 2000, the Legislature enacted a licensing law to regulate the practice of occupational therapy. The definition and scope of occupational therapy practice remained the same. Licensing regulations prohibit the practice of occupational therapy unless minimum qualification of education, supervised fieldwork and an examination have been met and a license is issued by the Commissioner of Health. Licensees must meet continuing education standards, and the Department can take disciplinary action against any licensed practitioner who violates any of the prohibited acts.

148.6402 Definitions.
Subd. 15. Occupational therapy. "Occupational therapy" means the use of purposeful activity to maximize the independence and the maintenance of health of an individual who is limited by a physical injury or illness, a cognitive impairment, a psychosocial dysfunction, a mental illness, a developmental or learning disability, or an adverse environmental condition. The practice encompasses evaluation, assessment, treatment, and consultation. Occupational therapy services may be provided individually, in groups, or through social systems. Occupational therapy includes those services described in section 148.6404

148.6404 SCOPE OF PRACTICE.
The practice of occupational therapy by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant includes, but is not limited to, intervention directed toward:
(1) assessment and evaluation, including the use of skilled observation or the administration and interpretation of standardized or nonstandardized tests and measurements, to identify areas for occupational therapy services;
(2) providing for the development of sensory integrative, neuromuscular, or motor components of performance;
(3) providing for the development of emotional, motivational, cognitive, or psychosocial components of performance;
(4) developing daily living skills;
(5) developing feeding and swallowing skills;
(6) developing play skills and leisure capacities;
(7) enhancing educational performance skills;
(8) enhancing functional performance and work readiness through exercise, range of motion, and use of ergonomic principles;
(9) designing, fabricating, or applying rehabilitative technology, such as selected orthotic and prosthetic devices, and providing training in the functional use of these devices;
(10) designing, fabricating, or adapting assistive technology and providing training in the functional use of assistive devices;
(11) adapting environments using assistive technology such as environmental controls, wheelchair modifications, and positioning;
(12) employing physical agent modalities, in preparation for or as an adjunct to purposeful activity, within the same treatment session or to meet established functional occupational therapy goals, consistent with the requirements of section 148.6440; and
(13) promoting health and wellness.

Updated Friday, October 14, 2011 at 02:08PM