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Georgia Physical Therapy

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. 


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 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
  • 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?


Responsibilities and Delegation 

  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?
  • 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?
  • Institutional Setting
  • Home Health Setting
  • School Setting
  • 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 type of supervision is required?
  • What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?
  • Required designation for aides

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


  • 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 

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