Highlights on Rules Changes Effective May 2009
The following is a brief summary of the rules changes made by the Physical Therapy Section that went into effect on May 1, 2009.
- 4755-23-03 – License by Examination. Individuals who fail the NPTE more than 3 times will no longer be required to complete remedial activities prior to being reapproved to sit for the exam.
- 4755-23-04 – License by Endorsement. Applicants who have not practiced physical therapy for more than five years will be required to retake and pass the NPTE before the Board will issue an Ohio license. Out of practice is defined as working less than 500 hours during the five year period.
- 4755-23-08 – Continuing Education. The rule adds a new category of continuing education activities, which will not require an Ohio approval number.
- a) Completion of a specialty examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties or the Hand Therapy Certification Commission will qualify for 24 contact hours in the year the examination is taken.
- b) Completion of an APTA credentialed residency or fellowship program will qualify for 24 contact hours in the year the residency or fellowship is completed.
- c) Completion of a Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy practice review tool will qualify for 12 contact hours.
- 4755-23-10 – Reinstatement of License. Applicants who have not practiced physical therapy for more than five years will be required to retake and pass the NPTE before the Board will reinstate the expired license. Out of practice is defined as working less than 500 hours during the five year period. The amendment also clarifies that if an individual submits a reinstatement application within one month of the expiration date, the amount of continuing education required for reinstatement will be the same as was required for the renewal. This change will mainly impact new licensees, who are exempt from CE for their first renewal.
- 4755-23-13 – Requirements for Teaching Physical Therapy. Under section 4755.482 of the Revised Code, individuals may teach a physical therapy theory and procedures course as the faculty of record for up to one year without holding an Ohio license if they meet certain requirements. This rule specifies the notification requirements that must be met before the individual may teach in Ohio without a valid Ohio license.
- 4755-27-03 – Delegation. This rule clarifies that when a physical therapist delegates to other licensed personnel, the delegation must be in accordance with the scope of practice of the other licensed personnel's professional license. The change also clarifies that documentation by other licensed personnel includes the patient's response to intervention.
- 4755-27-04 – Supervision. The rule clarifies that individuals supervising a student PT or student PTA must be on-site and available to immediately respond to the needs of the patient.
- 4755-27-05 – Code of Ethics. The amendment adds provisions related to sexual harassment and other sexual boundary violations.
- 4755-27-07 – Documentation. This new rule covers requirements related to electronic documentation and co-signature requirements, as well as the required credential that must be used in documentation. Under the rule, all physical therapists must use the credential "PT" following their signature to indicate licensure. All physical therapist assistants must use the credential "PTA" to indicate licensure. Many licensees are simply using MPT or DPT following their names. Those are academic degrees and not the legal credential that authorizes you to practice in Ohio. The rule also states that students may use SPT and SPTA to indicate student status.
For information on PT & PTA regulations, licensure, and testing in Ohio contact:
Ohio Licensure Board Riffe Center
77 S. High Street 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108
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