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United States Physical Therapy Practice Acts

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Temporary License Requirements/Availability [1]

                             65-2909. Examinations; when not required; fees; temporary permits.

(a) The board may issue a license in physical therapy without examination to an applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the board of having passed the examination in physical therapy approved by the board or an examination before a lawfully authorized examining board in physical therapy of another state, District of Columbia, territory or foreign country, if the standards for licensure in physical therapy in such other state, district, territory or foreign country are determined by the board to be as high as those of this state. At the time of making such application, the applicant shall pay to the board a fee as prescribed, no part of which shall be returned.
(c) The board may issue a temporary permit to an applicant for licensure as a physical therapist or an applicant for certification as a physical therapist assistant who applies for a temporary permit on a form provided by the board, who meets the requirements for licensure as a physical therapist or for certification as a physical therapist assistant or who meets all of the requirements for licensure or certification except examination and who pays to the board the temporary permit fee as required under K.S.A. 65-2911 and amendments thereto. Such temporary permit shall expire three months from the date of issue or on the date that the board approves the application for licensure or certification, whichever occurs first. No more than one such temporary permit shall be granted to any one person.

Requirements for License [1]

           65-2906. Duties of board; qualifications of applicants; form of application; approval of schools.
The PT Board certifies applicants who meet the qualifications established by this act…
(b) An applicant applying for licensure as a physical therapist or for a certificate as a physical therapist assistant shall file a written application on forms provided by the board, showing to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant meets the following requirements:
(1) The applicant is of legal age;
(2) the applicant has successfully completed the academic requirements of an educational program in physical therapy approved by the board which is appropriate for the certification or licensure of the applicant or, if the applicant attended a program not approved by the board, the applicant shall present an evaluation by an entity approved by the board showing that applicant's educational program met the criteria a school must satisfy to be approved by the board;
(3) the applicant has passed an examination required by the board which is appropriate for the certification or licensure of the applicant to test the applicant's knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relating to physical therapy theory and practice; and
(4) the applicant has paid to the board all applicable fees established under K.S.A. 65-2911 and amendments thereto.
(c) The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the criteria which a school shall satisfy in order to be approved by the board for purposes of subsection (b). The board may send a questionnaire developed by the board to any school for which the board does not have sufficient information to determine whether the school meets the requirements of the board for approval and rules and regulations adopted under this section. The questionnaire providing the necessary information shall be completed and returned to the board in order for the school to be considered for approval. The board may contract with investigative agencies, commissions or consultants to assist the board in obtaining information about schools. In entering such contracts the authority to approve schools shall remain solely with the board.
(g) (1) The board is authorized to issue a federally active license to any licensee who makes written application for such license on a form provided by the board and remits the same fee required for a license established under K.S.A. 65-2911, and amendments thereto. The board may issue a federally active license only to a person who meets all the requirements for a license to practice physical therapy in Kansas and who practices that branch of physical therapy solely in the course of employment or active duty in the United States government or any of its departments, bureaus or agencies. A person issued a federally active license may engage in limited practice outside of the course of federal employment consistent with the scope of practice of exempt licenses under subsection (f), except that the scope of practice of a federally active licensee shall be limited to providing direct patient care services gratuitously or providing supervision, direction or consultation for no compensation except that nothing in this subsection (g)(1) shall prohibit a person licensed to practice physical therapy issued a federally active license from receiving payment for subsistence allowances or actual and necessary expenses incurred in providing such services; and rendering professional services as a charitable health care provider as defined in K.S.A. 75-6102, and amendments thereto.

Supervision [1]

Physical therapy also includes the care and services provided by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist that is licensed pursuant to this act.


‘‘Physical therapist assistant’’ means a person who is certified pursuant to this act and who works under the direction of a physical therapist, and who assists the physical therapist in selected components of physical therapy intervention.

                 65-2914. Fraud or deception in application for license; scope of authorized treatment. 
(c) A person certified under this act as a physical therapist assistant shall not treat ailments or other health conditions of human beings except under the direction of a physical therapist duly licensed under this act. The word "direction" as used in this subsection (c) shall mean that the physical therapist shall see all patients initially and evaluate them periodically except in those cases in a hospital setting when the physical therapist is not immediately available, the physical therapist assistant may initiate patient care after telephone contact with the physical therapist for documented instruction. The physical therapist must then evaluate the patient and establish a plan of treatment as soon as possible with a minimum weekly review.

Physical Therapy Students 

There was nothing mentioned about physical therapy students in this practice act.

Continued Competence [1]

65-2910. Renewal of license or certification; renewal requirements; expiration notice; fees; cancellation; reinstatement; inactive license.
(a) The license of every licensed physical therapist and the certification of every certified physical therapist assistant shall expire on the date established by rules and regulations of the board which may provide renewal throughout the year on a continuing basis. In each case in which a license or certificate is renewed for a period of time of less than one year, the board may prorate the amount of the fee established under K.S.A. 65-2911 and amendments thereto. The request for renewal shall be on a form provided by the board and shall be accompanied by the renewal fee established under K.S.A. 65-2911 and amendments thereto which shall be paid not later than the expiration date of the license
or certificate.
(b) The board shall require every licensed physical therapist or certified physical therapist assistant as a condition of renewal to submit with the application for a renewal evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by the board. The board shall establish the requirements for each such program of continuing education by rules and regulations. In establishing such requirements the board shall consider any existing programs of continuing education currently being offered to licensed physical therapists or certified physical therapist assistants.
(d) Any licensee or certificate holder who allows the license or certificate to be canceled by failing to renew may be reinstated upon recommendation of the board, upon payment of the reinstatement fee and upon submitting evidence of satisfactory completion of any applicable reeducation and continuing education requirements established by the board. The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing appropriate reeducation and continuing education requirements for reinstatement of persons whose licenses or certificates have been canceled for failure to renew.
(2) For the licensee whose license has been inactive for less than two years, the board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing appropriate continuing education requirements for exempt licensees to become licensed to regularly practice physical therapy within Kansas. Any licensee whose license has been inactive for more than two years may be required to complete such additional testing, training or education as the board may deem necessary to establish the licensee’s present ability to practice
with reasonable skill and safety.
(f) (1) …The holder of an exempt license shall be required to submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by this section….
(f)(2) For the licensee whose license has been exempt for less than two years, the board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing appropriate continuing education requirements for exempt licensees to become licensed to regularly practice physical therapy within Kansas. Any licensee whose license has been exempt for more than two years and who has not been in the active practice of physical therapy or engaged in a formal educational program since the license has been exempt may be required
to complete such additional testing, training or education as the board may deem necessary to establish the licensee’s present ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
(2) The provisions of subsections (a), (b), and (d) of this section relating to continuing education, expiration and renewal of a license shall be applicable to a federally active license issued under this subsection.

Does the Act appear restrictive? Why/Why not?

There was nothing that seemed extensively or unusually restrictive about this practice act. It makes referance to things that physical therapists should not do which appear consistent with your average physical therapy rules and regulations.

Is there anything unusual about this act?

Nothing in particular stood out that struck me as unusual about this practice act.

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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Selzler KL. Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Physical Therapy Practice Act (65-2901 through 65-2920 and section 21) [homepage on the Internet]. 6/28/2011 [cited 2012 Apr 18]. Available from: Kansas State Board of Health Arts, Web site: http://www.ksbha.org/statutes/ptact.html

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