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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

Continuing Education
    • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
    • 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?
    • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
    • What are the reporting requirements?
    • Waivers and audits 

Scope of Practice

  • How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in Alabama?
  • What services are included in the scope of practice?
  • Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice
  • Are there any specific procedures or modalities regulated by the board?

    Telehealth

      • Can physical therapy telehealth services be provided in the state of Alabama?
      • Can physical therapy providers licensed in Alabama provide telehealth services to clients in other states without a license in that state?
      • Are telehealth services reimbursed by insurance?
      • Are there restrictions for seeing our patients?

    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?
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