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Florida Physical Therapy

Welcome to our Florida Physical Therapy FAQs.  We've combined the state laws, board rules, and position statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by PTs and PTAs. 


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 physical therapy defined in Florida?
  • What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
  • What is specifically excluded from the practice?
  • Are there any special trainings or requirements?


  • When a PT can perform electromyography
  • Education and supervised practice requirements

Dry Needling 

  • Minimum Standards and Training
  • Board Requirements

Direct Access and Referrals 

  • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
  • Which providers are considered to be practitioners of record?
  • When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Supervision Definitions
  • What are the overall responsibilities of the PT and PTA?
  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?

Supervising Assistants

  • Definition of a PTA
  • Responsibilities of the PTA
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Accessibility of an offsite PT
  • Supervision of PTAs in a hospital setting

Supervising Aides

  • 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?
  • Education and Training
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Documentation

Medical Records

  • What are the physical therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
  • How much can I charge a patient for copies of their records?
  • Medical records of PTs relocating or terminating their practice
  • Deceased Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants

Temporary Permits (Graduate Practice)

  • Who is eligible for a temporary permit?
  • What is required for the application?
  • What type of supervision is required for a temporary permit holder?
  • Duration of the permit

Notifications and Identification

  • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
  • When does a PT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Grounds for Discipline 

  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • Is there a law/rule against fee-splitting?
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