|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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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) 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.
Have you downloaded COVIDWISE, Virginia's COVID-19 exposure notification app? Add your phone to the fight here.
COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION
To find out more information related to the COVID-19 vaccinations, and when the vaccination will be available to you, please see the Virginia Department of Health information at the following link https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/ or the following link "Find out Which Phase You are Eligible For."
Due to delays through the United States Postal Service, please allow additional time to receive your printed license following the 2020 renewal.
Dry Needling Regulations – Effective October 29, 2020
On October 29, 2020, final regulations for the practice of dry needling will become effective for the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. The new regulations will be found at 18VAC112-20-121 of the Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy (accessible here on the Board’s website).
Prior to October 29, 2020, the text of the final regulations can be accessed at this link on the Virginia Townhall website.
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.
Notice of Proposed Rules Amendment-Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
The following notice has been issued by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission regarding the public comment period for proposed amendments to the Rules of the Commission:
The public comment period will begin September 23, 2020, and end on October 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information about the Physical Therapy Compact Commission, please visit www.ptcompact.org.
Continuing Education and Upcoming Renewals
As licensees prepare for the renewal process, there are a number of important changes for the 2020 renewal cycle. Read more about Continuing Education requirements, Last Paper License and renewal notices.
Notification Regarding Remote Communications and HIPAA During Public Health Emergency (March 18, 2020)
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.
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
Governor’s Executive Order 57 (Updated June 10, 2020)
The Governor’s Amended Executive Order 57 contains additional provisions related to telehealth and healthcare providers. To view the Executive Order, click here.
NPTE Examination Updates
To access the most recent exam announcements from the FSBPT regarding the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTs and PTA’s, please click here.
Note: PT and PTA students who were previously approved to sit for the NPTE exam in April and whose exams were cancelled as a result of the pandemic, will not be required to have their school programs submit new Education Authorization Forms for registration for the testing window in May. This temporary change in policy regarding Education Authorization Forms applies only to exam administrations in May, even where the students’ school graduation dates potentially may change to date(s) beyond the 60-day exam/graduation window.
Out-of-State Licensee Reporting
Updated June 11, 2020
In response to Governor Northam's Amended Executive Orders 57, 51, and Executive Order 42, hospitals, licensed nursing facilities, and dialysis facilities in Virginia must submit to the Department of Health Professions each out-of-state health care practitioner's name, license type, state of license, and license identification number within a reasonable time of such healthcare practitioner providing services at the applicable health care facility in the Commonwealth.
Facilities must complete and submit the out-of-state licensed provider form and supply the following information on each provider:
- Name of the licensed provider
- State of licensure
- License type
- License number
Please access the Out-of-State Licensee Reporting Form here.
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.