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49 Pa. Code § 42.1. Definitions.


§ 42.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   AOTA—American Occupational Therapy Association.

   Act—The Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  1501—1519).

   Applicant—An individual seeking licensure under the act as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant.

   Board—The State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure of the Commonwealth.

   Certification—Recognition by the NBCOT that an individual is a registered occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant.

   Commissioner—The Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

   Equivalent program—A masters or certificate program in occupational therapy approved by the Board.

   Licensee—An individual who has been licensed under the act as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant.

   Licensure examination—The Certification Examination for Occupational Therapist, Registered, or the Certification Examination for Occupational Therapy Assistant prepared and administered by the NBCOT.

   NBCOT—National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

   Service recipient—The patient or client who directly receives care or services from the licensee.

   Surrogate—The spouse, parent or guardian of the service recipient.


   The provisions of this §  42.1 issued under sections 5(b) and 6(a)(2) of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  1505(b) and 1506(a)(2)).


   The provisions of this §  42.1 adopted January 27, 1989, effective January 28, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 335; amended December 7, 2001, effective December 8, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 6663. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (267180).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  42.13 (relating to application for licensure).

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