|Board of Physical Therapy|
Phone: (804) 367-4674
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
|Other Citizen Services|
Own Your Future: Virginia's Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign
Please Note: The Department of Health Professions’ office will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015, and Friday, January 2, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 8:15a.m. Renewal payments made online between December 31, 2014, and January 4, 2015, will be processed on January 5, 2015, and updated information will be available through License Lookup on January 6, 2015. You may also call the IVR (804-270-6836) for licensure verification, this information will display in real time as payments are being processed.
Ebola Virus Update for healthcare practitioners from Virginia Department of Health
October 15, 2014 - As the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues to make news, it is important for licensees of health regulatory boards to be informed. In addition to public outreach, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the Commonwealth’s top resource on Ebola for healthcare providers and facilities. For up to the minute information, please visit VDH’s website.
October 3, 2014 - I am providing you with a update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and will continue to do so regularly as needed over the coming weeks. The safety of all health care providers and keeping the health care community and the public informed are our top priorities. Read the full letter from the State Health Commissioner.
This information has been added to assist the public in understanding Physical Therapy practice and selecting a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Verify a Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant license (License Lookup)
- Learn Physical Therapy basics
- Understanding Your Rights
- How to file a complaint
New Regulations Effective February 27, 2014
Click here to view the specific changes in the regulations effective as of February 27, 2014.
Healthcare Workforce Data Findings
Continuing Education Courses
To review Type 1 and Type 2 continuing education requirements for renewal and reinstatement of a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant license please click here for more information.
Exemption of Continuing Competency Requirements
The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in accordance with Section 18VAC112-20-131(C) of the Regulations, entitled “Continued Competency Requirements for Renewal of an Active License”, exempts a licensee from the continuing competency requirements for the first biennial renewal following the date of initial licensure by examination in Virginia. This exemption does not include those who were licensed by endorsement.
Regulations Effective July 17, 2013
Effective July 17, 2013, The Board of Physical Therapy has new regulations which increase the flexibility and accountability of traineeships by: 1) offering the option of passage of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s Practice Review Tool (PRT) in lieu of some training hours for applicants returning to practice through reinstatement, reactivation or endorsement; 2) reducing the traineeship hours for physical therapist assistants; 3) allowing part-time traineeships for graduates of non-approved physical therapy schools; and 4) limiting the numbers of supervisors for each trainee and requiring co-signing of trainee documentation in patient records and identification of a trainee for the patient. The new regulations also eliminate the face to face continued competency requirements for Type 1 hours although the number of Type I hours have increased for both PT’s and PTA’s. (For PT’s, at least 20 hours must be Type 1 and 10 hours may be Type 2 for a total of 30 hours. For PTA’s, at least 15 hours must be Type 1 and 15 hours may be Type 2 for a total of 30 hours)
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Fixed-date testing information for the PT and PTA NPTE
FSBPT has gone to fixed date testing for all PT and PTA National exams. Please click here for information about the dates and deadlines for applying.
Please click here for information on how to request a verification of licensure.
Online Licensing - Physical Therapy licensees can renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
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The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)
Applications & Forms
Download the available forms and applications from the Board.
The following professions are regulated by the Board of Physical Therapy.
- Physical Therapist
- Physical Therapist Assistant
Laws & Regulations
Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Physical Therapy
Board Members, Meetings and Minutes
View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Physical Therapy. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
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.