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Arizona Physical Therapy

Welcome to our Arizona 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 Arizona.

Scope of Practice 

  • How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in Arizona?
  • What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
  • Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice
  • Are there any special certifications required?


    • Emergency Order on PT Telehealth
    • Informed consent
    • Confidentiality requirements

Dry Needling

    • Proof of compliance
    • Dry needling course requirements
    • Standard of care when practicing dry needling

Supervision and Delegation

    • Supervision Definitions
    • Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?
    • What are the therapist’s obligations to the patient’s rights?
    • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?


    • Which services are PTAs allowed to practice?
    • Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • Responsibilities of the physical therapist before delegating to an assistant?
    • 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


    • What can an aide do?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • Co-signature requirements for assistive personnel
    • What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?
    • Required designation for aides

Patient Records

    • What must be included in the patient record?
    • What are the physical therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
    • What is required for an initial evaluation?
    • What is required on each treatment note?
    • When is a reevaluation/reassessment required?
    • What is required in the discharge summary?
    • Unprofessional conduct related to documentation

      Business Entities

        • Definitions
        • Requirement to register a business entity
        • Practices exempt from registration
        • What is required for the application?
        • Required written protocols
        • Required display of the certificate
        • Registration renewal

      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 

      Referrals and Direct Access  

        • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
        • Does the physical therapist need to be in communication with the referring provider?
        • When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

      PT/PTA Students

        • Can students practice in a clinical setting?
        • What kind of supervision is required for student PTs and PTAs?
        • How must students identify themselves?

      New Graduates

        • What can new graduates do in practice?
        • How are new graduates categorized?
        • Which tasks can be delegated to a new graduate?
        • What kind of supervision is required?
        • Documentation and co-signatures

      Interim Permits

        • Who is eligible for an interim permit?
        • Does an applicant need to pass the national exam before receiving an interim permit?
        • What needs to be submitted to the board?
        • How long does an interim permit last?
        • Clinical practice requirements for an interim permit holder
        • How is “on-site” supervision defined?
        • What are the responsibilities of the clinical supervisor?
        • What happens after the board receive the mid-point rating?
        • What happens after the completion rating?

      Identification, Notification, and Disclosure

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

      Licensed Outside of Arizona

        • Can I practice in Arizona if I am licensed in another state?
        • Federal Employees and Military Personnel
        • Temporary Practice
        • Athletic Teams and Performing Arts Companies
        • National Disasters and Emergencies

      Unprofessional Conduct

        • When am I obligated to report to the board?
        • Documentation
        • Supervision
        • Incapacity
        • License
        • Patient Interaction
        • Arrests, convictions, lawsuits

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