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Maine Physical Therapy Definitions

The Maine physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“APTA”- The American Physical Therapy Association.

“ASI”- The Assessment Systems, Inc.

“Associate Degree”- The traditional degree given by an institution of higher learning after two years of undergraduate level work.

“Baccalaureate Degree”- The traditional degree given by an institution of higher learning after four years of undergraduate level work.

“Board” - The Maine Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy.

“Department” - The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration.

“Direction” - Continuing verbal and written contact by a physical therapist with a physical therapist assistant including periodic on-site supervision adequate to ensure the safety and welfare of the patient. 

“Federation” - The Federation of State Board’s of Physical Therapy.

“Person” - Any individual.

“PES” - The Professional Examination Service.

“Physical Therapist” - A person who practices physical therapy. 

“Physical Therapist Assistant” - A person who assists in the practice of physical therapy.  

“Practice of Physical Therapy” - The rendering or offering to render any service involving physical therapy for a fee, salary or other compensation, monetary or otherwise, paid directly or indirectly.  

“Referral” - The request of a doctor of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, podiatry or dentistry to a physical therapist to accept one of his patients for treatment.  

“TOELF” - The Test of English as a Foreign Language.

“TSE-P” - The Test of Spoken English for Professionals.

“TWE” - The Test of Written English.


32 MRSA §3111

02 393 Me. Code R. Ch. 1

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