Q: Must an OTA have an
OT supervisor to work PRN?
A: Yes, an OTA must always practice under the
supervision of an OT.
Q: How often does an
OT have to have face-to-face supervisory visits with an experienced OTA?
A: The amount of
supervision will depend on the experience and service competency demonstrated
by the OTA. It’s up to the OT Supervisor to determine the level of supervision
that is appropriate.
A skilled OTA that has
worked in the area of practice for many years, that the OT supervisor has met
with and observed, and that is confident in the OTA’s skills, can meet the
minimum, once per month.
Per OAR 339-010-0005 (c) "General supervision" requires
the supervisor to have at least monthly
direct contact in person with the supervisee at the work site or via telehealth
as defined in OAR 339-010-0006(9) with supervision available as needed by other
Q: Do I have to notify the board every time I
change supervisor if I work PRN?
A: It depends on whether or not
you have a central supervisor. If
an OT Assistant is working in multiple settings and has more than one
supervising OTR, each supervisor must sign unless there is one person who is
providing overall practice supervision.
For example, if an OT Assistant is working for a facility that has satellite
clinics with various supervising OT's, the "head" OT may sign the
Statement of Supervision at all of the facilities where the Assistant is
working. If there is a different supervisor at each facility with no
central supervising OT, then each supervising OT must sign as supervising
Q: If an OTA only works PRN in rehab facilities
during the summer months is it still required to meet with the supervising OT, even
though the OTA is not seeing patients?
A: If an OTA is taking a break from working, it
is not necessary to continue to meet with the OT supervisor, but meetings should
resume when the OTA returns. Meetings
can take place with the Supervising OT prior to the start of a shift and can
occur via video conference, such as face time.
The supervisor may keep the OTA informed in the interim if there are new
non-patient issues to discuss such as any changes with billing, documentation,
Q: What if there is no OT (or
not a regular staff OT) working on the day an OTA works
at a building?
A: The Board recommends that the OTA take time to
read the evaluation at intake of the patient even if the patient has been in
the facility a long time and review what they have been working on with their
regular OT/OTA. If there is any question, check another staff member or
if there is something the OTA is not comfortable with, contact the DOR and do
not proceed with the treatment.
Q: Do OTAs have
supervisors at each facility?
A: They can, unless there is a “head”
supervisor. If there is no central
supervisor, an OTA may send in multiple supervision forms. They can fax it in before they start working.
census is low, OTAs may
be sent to a different facility/department for the day. Is a new form/supervisor required if the OTA
is meeting with different OT’s?
A: If an OTA has one “head” person
designated as the supervising OTR, it does not preclude the OTA from
collaborating from other OTs. A
supervision form is not required if collaborating with a different OT, as long
as there is a central supervisor.
Q: What if I am not getting enough support?
A: The board recommends that the OTA talk with the
supervisor and see what can be worked out with the facility to schedule time
when the OT supervisor is present.