OT/OTA Supervisory Ratios (for OTAs)

 
The OT Section is currently reviewing the existing occupational therapist/occupational therapy assistant ratios contained in rule 4755-7-04 of the Administrative Code.

Under the current rule, when performing client evaluations, direct client treatment, and supervision of occupational therapy personnel, a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) occupational therapist (OT) shall supervise no more than four (4) FTE occupational therapy assistants (OTA).

When performing client evaluations and supervision of occupational therapy personnel only, with no direct client treatment responsibilities, a 1.0 FTE OT shall supervise no more than six (6) FTE OTAs.

A supervising OT with the status of less than 1.0 FTE shall supervise a proportionate number of OTAs.

The following survey will help guide the members of the OT Section as they review this rule for potential changes.
1. How many supervising occupational therapists (OTs) do you have (including all areas of practice, PRN, etc.)?
2. On average, how many occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) does your supervising OT oversee?
3. Ignoring the limits contained in the current rule, what do you feel is the highest number of OTAs one OT could adequately supervise in YOUR practice setting?
4. Ignoring the limits contained in the current rule, what do you feel is the highest number of OTAs one OT could adequately supervise in ANY practice setting?
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5. Do you feel the supervisory ratio contained in the current rule is necessary in your practice setting?
6. What challenges does the supervisory ratio contained in the current rule create in your current practice setting?
7. How would your practice change if the OT/OTA supervisory ratio were increased/decreased/eliminated?
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8. Do you think the current supervisory ratio should be:
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9. What is your primary area of practice?
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10. How many years have you practiced occupational therapy?
11. Do you have any additional comments for the members of the OT Section regarding the OT/OTA supervisory ratio?
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