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Alabama Physical Therapy

Welcome to our Alabama Physical Therapy FAQs.  We've combined the state laws, board rules, and statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by PTs and PTAs in Alabama

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Alabama Physical Therapy Forum 

Continuing Education

  • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
  • How long is the reporting period?
  • How is credit hour defined?
  • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
  • Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
  • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
  • Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
  • What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
  • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
  • What are the reporting requirements?
  • How long must continuing education records be retained?
  • What happens if I am audited?

Scope of Practice

  • How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in Alabama?
  • Does Alabama allow PTs to practice dry needling?
  • Does Alabama allow PTs to practice electromyography?
  • Does Alabama allow PTs to practice wound care?
  • Can PTs practice through telehealth?

Referrals

  • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
  • Are there exceptions to the referral requirement?
  • Which providers can issue the referral?

Supervision and Delegation

  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?
  • Unprofessional conduct related to delegation and supervision

Assistants

  • Definition of a PTA
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of PTAs in practice?
  • Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
  • Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
  • What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
  • Required designation for assistants

Aides

  • What is the definition of an aide?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of an aide?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT or PTA when delegating to an aide?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Required designation for aides

Students

  • Student Identification 

Identification and Notification

  • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
  • Are there any specific requirements for posting notifications or licenses?
  • When does a PT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Temporary License

  • Who is eligible for a temporary license?
  • What is required for the application?
  • What type of supervision is required for a temporary license holder?
  • How long is the license valid for?
  • How should the temporary license holder be designated?

License by Reciprocity

  • Application for Reciprocity
  • Examination Requirements

Advertising

  • Prohibited Advertising
  • Allowed Advertising

Unprofessional Conduct

  • Conduct that leads to license suspension and revocation
  • Is there a law/rule against fee-splitting?
  • What does the Alabama PT Board consider to be unprofessional conduct?


Alabama Medicaid Fee Schedules

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