|Board of Physical Therapy|
Phone: (804) 367-4674
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
The mission of the Department of Health Professions is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.
The Physical Therapy Compact
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Changes to Direct Access – Effective July 1, 2023
During the 2023 General Assembly Session, legislation was passed to amend current Va. Code § 54.1-3482 to remove certain timeframes for practitioner referrals for direct access, as well as to clarify the performance of dry needling without referral for qualified practitioners. The legislation includes provisions related to physical therapy services provided without referral or supervision to infants and toddlers with individualized services plans under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 1431 et seq.) and to students with disabilities who require physical therapy services pursuant to § 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
These legislative changes become effective July 1, 2023. The full text of these changes can be found here: HB2359/SB1005. Please note that the Board has updated the Direct Access Patient Attestation and Medical Release Form to reflect changes in the statutory language.
Please click here for the Board's Frequently Asked Questions related to Direct Access
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the proposed amendments to the Compact Commission rules
The Physical Therapy Compact Commission requests public comment on the proposed amendments to its Rules by June 20, 2023. Please click here for more information.
PT COMPACT PRIVILEGES
Reminder – Renewal of Compact Privileges
Do you hold Compact Privileges to practice in other states?
As a reminder, all compact privileges expire on the same date as your home state license. If Virginia is your home state, then your compact privileges are set to expire on December 31 of even numbered years. To avoid the expiration of your compact privileges, you must renew your home state license before you can renew your compact privilege(s) if you want to continue practicing in those state(s). Once your home state license is renewed, visit the PT Compact website
at ptcompact.org to initiate the renewal process for your compact privilege(s).
Board Guidance Document Available
The Board offers the following guidance on telehealth through established Guidance Document 112-21, Guidance on Telehealth, effective January 21, 2021.
The Department of Health Professions (DHP) has been made aware that some licensees have received fraudulent communications from individuals claiming to be from one of our licensing boards, such as the Board of Pharmacy, or another agency, such as the DEA. The communications, often by phone, may threaten arrest or license suspension, demand personal information, or require the payment of fines. Read More.
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards. Please click here for more information on how to become a Registered Public User of the Regulatory Town Hall.