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Arizona Physical Therapy FAQs

We combined the Arizona statutes, board rules, and position statements to create a guide on key compliance issues for PTs and PTAs.  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 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

    • What are the different levels of supervision?
    • Which services can only be performed by a licensed PT?
    • 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 PT before delegating to an assistant?
    • What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
    • Does the supervising PT need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
    • How do PTAs need to be designated?


    • What tasks can an aide perform?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?
    • What level of supervision is required?
    • How do aides need to be designated?

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

      Position Statements

      Continuing Education

        • How many CE 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 PT 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
        • What information do patient/public have a right to?
        • 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?
        • Unprofessional conduct

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