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California PT Unprofessional Conduct

Violations related to supervision

Permitting a physical therapist assistant or physical therapy aide under one’s supervision or control to perform or permitting the physical therapist assistant or physical therapy aide to hold himself or herself out as competent to perform, professional services beyond the level of education, training, and experience of the physical therapist assistant or aide.

Violations related to records

Failure to maintain adequate and accurate records relating to the provision of services to his or her patients.

Misrepresenting documentation of patient care or deliberate falsifying of patient records.

Failing to maintain confidentiality, except as otherwise required or permitted by law, of all information that has been received from a patient in confidence during the course of treatment and all information about the patient that is obtained from tests or other means.

Violations related to sexual misconduct

Engaging in sexual misconduct or violating Section 726.

Viewing a completely or partially disrobed patient in the course of treatment if the viewing is not necessary to patient evaluation or treatment under current standards.

A patient, client, or customer of a licentiate under this chapter is conclusively presumed to be incapable of giving free, full, and informed consent to any sexual activity.

Requirement to report a conviction or license action

Conviction of a crime that substantially relates to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. The record of conviction or a certified copy thereof shall be conclusive evidence of that conviction.

Conviction of a criminal offense involving the consumption or self-administration of, or the possession of, or falsification of a record pertaining to, any controlled substance or any dangerous drug, in which event the record of the conviction is conclusive evidence thereof.

The revocation, suspension, or other discipline, restriction, or limitation imposed by another state upon a license or certificate to practice physical therapy issued by that state, or the revocation, suspension, or restriction of the authority to practice physical therapy by any agency of the federal government.

Prohibited contract provisions

Including or permitting to be included any of the following provisions in an agreement to settle a civil dispute arising from the licensee's practice, whether the agreement is made before or after the filing of an action:

    • A provision that prohibits another party to the dispute from contacting, cooperating, or filing a complaint with the board.
    • A provision that requires another party to the dispute to withdraw a complaint the party has filed with the board.
    • A provision that prohibits a party from disclosing the nature of the settlement or the amount of the settlement or otherwise declares that the settlement is “confidential.”

When required to report to the board

Failure to provide to the board, as directed, lawfully requested certified copies of documents within 15 days of receipt of the request or within the time specified in the request, whichever is later, unless the licensee is unable to provide the certified documents within this time period for good cause, including but not limited to, physical inability to access the records in the time allowed due to illness or travel. This subdivision shall not apply to a licensee who does not have access to, and control over, medical records.

Failure to cooperate and participate in any board investigation pending against the licensee. This subdivision shall not be construed to deprive a licensee of any privilege guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or any other constitutional or statutory privileges. This subdivision shall not be construed to require a licensee to cooperate with a request that would require the licensee to waive any constitutional or statutory privilege or to comply with a request for information or other matters within an unreasonable period of time in light of the time constraints of the licensee's practice. Any exercise by a licensee of any constitutional or statutory privilege shall not be used against the licensee in a regulatory or disciplinary proceeding against the licensee.

Failure to report to the board within 30 days any of the following:

    • The bringing of an indictment or information charging a felony against the licensee.
    • The arrest of the licensee.
    • The conviction of the licensee, including any verdict of guilty, or pleas of guilty or no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor.
    • Any disciplinary action taken by another licensing entity or authority of this state or of another state or an agency of the federal government or the United States military.
    • Any report required to be made pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 802 regarding settlements, judgments, or arbitration awards.

Failure or refusal to comply with a court order, issued in the enforcement of a subpoena, mandating the release of records to the board.


Cal Bus. And Prof. Code Section 2660

16 CCR ยง 1399.24

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