|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.
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|Other Citizen Services|
Closure of walk-in services
In response to COVID-19 social distancing precautions, DHP’s public reception area is closed to walk-in services.. Read More.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.
April NPTE Examination Update - PTA Exam
(March 18, 2020) Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the April NPTE Examination for PTAs scheduled for April 7, 2020, has been cancelled. Prometric has closed all of their North American test sites effective March 17, 2020, for a period of thirty days. All testing will be suspended through April 16, 2020. FSBPT will notify candidates when they have additional information on the procedures for rescheduling examinations. Please click here for more information about the FSBPT exam.
Guidance on Telehealth
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency
The Office for Civil Rights (OVR) at the Department of Health and Human Services has relaxed its rules involving HIPAA for the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency.
Please read the notice at this link.
Please note, because this is a federal announcement, the Board of Physical Therapy is not in a position to answer questions or offer clarification on this issue.
Criminal Background Checks
Effective January 1, 2020, the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy will implement fingerprint-based criminal background checks (CBCs) under Virginia Code Section 54.1-3484 through the Board contractor Fieldprint. This requirement will apply to all new or pending applicants as of January 1, 2020. Applicants will not be eligible to complete this requirement until the effective date. Please review the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to this new requirement.
Note: State offices will be closed on January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Please check the Physical Therapy Compact Commission website for holiday office closures and hours.
Legislation Enacted for Virginia to Join Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
What is the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact?
On March 8, 2019, Governor Northam signed into law SB 1106, which permits the Commonwealth of Virginia to become part of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. The provisions of the Compact will become effective in Virginia on January 1, 2020. For more information about the Compact click here.
Current Regulatory Activity of the Board of Physical Therapy:
Proposed Regulations - Practice of Dry Needling - To view the Board of Physical Therapy’s current Regulatory activity regarding the Practice of Dry Needling, please click here.
Online License Verification System
The Board offers electronic license verifications using the DHP License Lookup feature. License Lookup is updated in real time and available 24/7 to anyone seeking public licensure information on healthcare practitioners in Virginia. Please click here for instructions and fees on requesting a paper version to be sent to another jurisdiction on your behalf.
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.
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)
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.