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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 every other month 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 Professional Licensing Boards Division experienced a major server system malfunction on June 17th that resulted in a lingering interruption of service. Although we have not corrected every issue, important progress has been made. Starting on June 24th, manual submissions of applications and renewals for professional licenses began to be processed again by SOS staff. The SOS IT Team and the vendor will continue to work around the clock to enable online applications and renewals. We still expect this particular interruption to continue through much of the week of June 23rd. Please continue to check the website for further updates. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this continues to cause.


In 2011,Georgia law was amended to require applicants for initial licensure or renewal to submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship/qualified alien status. Subsequently, the law was amended further to require applicants to submit an affidavit of citizenship in addition to the secure and verifiable documents. The Board worked diligently to make licensees aware of the new requirements and included information on the Board’s website, throughout the renewal site and through communication with the licensees.

Please note that all renewal documentation, for licensees who submitted a renewal application prior to March 31, 2014, must have been received in the board offices on or before March 31, 2014.  Any documents received/postmarked after that date will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle, the license will enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such.  Should this occur the licensee must satisfy additional requirements for the renewal of licensure.  The late renewal period begins June 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2014.  If any requirements have for renewal have not been met by the end of the late renewal period, the license will enter a lapsed status and the individual will no longer hold a a license to practice in this state.

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 modalities until “Certification in all Modalities” is awarded to a licensed individual by the Board.


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