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Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy is a six member board appointed by the Governor to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board meets once per quarter to regulate persons offering occupational therapy services to the citizens of Georgia.

Occupational therapy is the evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficiencies, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities or anticipated dysfunction. Licensed occupational therapists and licensed occupational therapist assistants offer care in a variety of health care areas including hospitals, schools and private practice. The licensed occupational therapy assistant is supervised or consultants with the occupational therapist.

Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon. During the meetings, the Board reviews correspondence, applications for licensure, and complaints. Persons wishing to submit complaints or other matters for Board consideration should submit the matter in writing to the office.


The lapsed-late renewal period began June 1, 2014 and was scheduled to end on June 30, 2014; however, due to a major server malfunction that occurred on June 17th, the lapsed-late renewal period was extended until July 31, 2014. As of August 1, 2014, individuals, who have failed to submit a renewal application and/or submitted an application but failed to submit the supporting documents, are no longer eligible for renewal and the license has now lapsed.  If your license is now in a lapsed status, you have forfeited any fees previously submitted towards renewal and must now apply for licensure by reinstatement in order to practice in the state of Georgia.  The reinstatement application may be downloaded from this website.  

Use of Physical Agent Modalities in Occupational Therapy

To be able to use physical agent modalities, or any occupational therapy techniques involving physical agent modalities, you must first have an additional board approved certification.  Practicing and/or instruction of modalities is prohibited on a client (even under supervision of a PAMS certified therapist) until a “Certification in all Modalities” has been awarded.  NO licensed OT/OTA may use physical agent modalities until a “Certification in all Modalities” is awarded by the Board to the licensed individual.


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