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Alabama Physical Therapy FAQs

Physical therapy FAQs created from the Alabama state laws and board regulations.  Members have full access to the material and can contact us with questions regarding any billing or compliance issue for no additional charge, please consider joining today if you need additional assistance.   


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?


      • Can PT telehealth services be provided in the state of Alabama?
      • Can PTs with and out-of-state license provide services to patients in Alabama?
      • Are telehealth services reimbursed by insurance?
      • Are there restrictions for seeing our patients?


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

      Supervision and Delegation

        • What are the different levels of supervision? 
        • Which services can only be performed by a licensed PT?
        • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?
        • What is the ratio between the supervising PT and assistive personnel?  


        • 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 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?

      Position Statements and Forms

      Continuing Education

        • How many continuing education hours are required?
        • 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 CE?
        • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
        • What are the reporting requirements?
        • Waivers and audits 


        • 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


        • 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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