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Board of Physical Therapy

Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4674
Fax: (804) 527-4413
Complaints: (800) 533-1560

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Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
except Holidays

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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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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.

Scam Alert

Update (10/03/2019): The Board has become aware that some of our licensees have received threatening scam calls and bogus written communications.  Read more.

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.

FSBPT aPTitude, ProCert, and oPTion Discontinuation

The FSBPT Board of Directors recently announced the discontinuation of three programs related to continuing competence - aPTitude, a CE tracking registry; oPTion, a self-directed assessment tool for physical therapists; and ProCert, the FSBPT program for certifying CE programs and courses. The aPTitude and oPTion systems will close down on December 31, 2019.

This will allow you the ability to download any of the certificates of completion that you uploaded to aPTitude. If you do not download your information by December 31, 2019, you will no longer have access to this information. This short video presents a step-by-step process for downloading your information.

Please contact the FSBPT at or (703) 299-3100 with any questions.

Online License Verification System

Effective June 1, 2018, the Virginia State Board of Physical Therapy will be going to an online license verification system using our agency's License Lookup feature.  While applicants or licensees may request paper or pdf copies of license verifications as needed or required, the online resource will serve as the official hard copy and proof of licensure for all individuals and establishments licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. License Lookup is updated in real time and available 24/7 to anyone seeking public licensure information on healthcare practitioners in Virginia.

If a hard copy verification is required, please click here for instructions and fees.

Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
Download Commissioner Levine’s message to healthcare practitioners on dispensing Naloxone.

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.

Healthcare Workforce Data Findings

The most recent workforce data for Physical Therapy can be found on the Healthcare Workforce Data Center page.

Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or ExploitationMore information...
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)

Guidance Documents

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. Please click here for more information on how to become a Registered Public User of the Regulatory Town Hall.