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Georgia Physical Therapy FAQs

Welcome to our Georgia 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.  

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Definitions

Scope of Practice

    • How is physical therapy defined in Georgia?
    • What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
    • What is specifically excluded from the practice?
    • Are there any special trainings required?

Dry Needling 

    • Consultation with physician
    • Dry Needling Course Requirements 
    • License Renewal

Direct Access and Referrals 

    • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
    • Exceptions to the referral requirement?
    • When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

Telehealth

Responsibilities and Delegation 

    • Which services can only be performed by a PT?
    • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?

Assistants

    • Which services are PTAs allowed to practice?
    • Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • Different settings
    • 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

Aides

    • What can an aide do?
    • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
    • What type of supervision is required?
    • What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?
    • Required designation for aides


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 

    Temporary Permits (Graduate Practice)

      • What type of license/permit must new graduates receive before practicing?
      • Qualifications for Training Permits
      • Initial Applications and Reinstatement Applications
      • Renewal
      • Validity of Permit
      • Supervision

    License Exemptions

    License by Reciprocity and Military Service Members

    Documentation

      • What are the physical therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
      • Unprofessional conduct related to documentation

    Notifications and Identification

      • 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?

    Principles of Conduct for Physical Therapists

    Principles of Conduct for Physical Therapy Assistants 

    Unprofessional Conduct 


    Georgia Physical Therapy Board Fees


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