Prescription Devices (Modalities certification)
Rule 64B11-4.001 Use of Prescription Devices explains the training required for students, postgraduates, and licensees to qualify for the use of an electrical stimulation or an ultrasonic stimulation devices must include didactic training of at least four (4) hours for each modality and performance of at least five (5) treatments under supervision for each modality. The required training may be obtained through educational programs, workshops, or seminars offered at a college or university approved for training of occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association or of physical therapists by the American Physical Therapy Association or at clinical facilities affiliated with such accredited colleges or universities or through educational programs offered by the American Society of Hand Therapists or Florida Occupational Therapy Association. Online courses are not approved for the didactic or performance training.
Supervised treatment sessions to be conducted under the personal supervision of licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have completed four (4) hours of coursework in the use of an electrical stimulation or an ultrasonic stimulation device and five (5) supervised treatments or licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants trained in the use of electrical stimulation devices. Treatment supervisors must have a minimum of 24 months prior experience in the use of electrical stimulation devices. Personal supervision means that the supervisor is in the room with the trainees and actively provides guidance and supervision of the performance treatments.
You must determine whether the certification requirements taken in another state meet the certification requirements as required by Floridas Rule 64B11-4.001 Use of Prescription Devices.
There are no formal papers or certificates to be filed with the Board. You must take the 4 hours of didactic (educational) training, and complete and document 5 supervised treatments. You must maintain documentation in the event you need to verify your are certified to provide services. Any occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who uses such ultrasound device must upon request of the Board, or the Department, present proof that he or she has obtained the training required.
The only Prescription Devices identified in the Florida Practice Act are: (1) Electrical Stimulation Device (2) Ultrasound Device.