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49 Pa. Code § 42.52. Definitions.

§ 42.52. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in § §  42.51 and 42.53—42.58, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Contact hour—A unit of measure for a continued competency activity that equals 50—60 minutes of participation.

   Continued competency—The multidimensional process by which a licensee demonstrates the development and maintenance of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, judgment, abilities and ethics necessary to practice occupational therapy in a variety of roles and settings.

   Educational courses—Academic and continuing education courses delivered onsite or by distance education.

   Level I fieldwork—Introductory fieldwork experiences that are a component of an educational program in occupational therapy in which students develop a basic understanding of the needs of clients through directed observation and supervised participation in the occupational therapy process.

   Level II fieldwork—In-depth fieldwork experiences that are a component of an educational program in occupational therapy that provide multiple occupational therapy services to a variety of clients in multiple settings.

   Mentor—A person who holds a current license, certificate or registration in a health-related or education field, or who is otherwise exempt by statute from the requirement to hold a license, certificate or registration, who is engaged in a one-on-one or group teaching/coaching relationship with a licensee for the stated purpose of imparting specific knowledge and skills that will advance the licensee’s competency in occupational therapy.

   Mentorship—Participation in a formalized, one-on-one or group teaching/learning relationship for the purposes of building a licensee’s competency in occupational therapy.

   Mentorship agreement—A written agreement between the mentor and the protege or proteges that outlines specific goals and objectives and designates a plan of activities.

   Professional continued competence portfolio—A document that evidences the licensee’s completion of the continued competency requirement in §  42.53 (relating to continued competency requirements).

   Protege—A licensee who is engaged in a one-on-one or group relationship with a mentor for the stated purpose of acquiring specific skills and knowledge related to the practice of occupational therapy.

   Unpaid service—Volunteering in an organization when the unpaid service directly relates to occupational therapy.


   The provisions of this §  42.52 issued under sections 5(b) and 15(a) of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  1505(b) and 1515(a)); amended under sections 5(b), 8(5)(vi) and 15(a) of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  1505(b), 1508(5)(vi) and 1515(a)).


   The provisions of this §  42.52 adopted June 21, 2013, effective June 22, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 3350; amended May 4, 2018, effective May 5, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 2624. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (391497) to (391498).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  42.51 (relating to purpose); and 49 Pa. Code §  42.57 (relating to documentation and reporting of continued competency activities).

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