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Maine Physical Therapy 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 PT with a PTA 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 Therapy or Physiotherapy - The provision of services in the scope of practice.

Physical Therapist - A person who is licensed in Maine to practice physical therapy.

Physical Therapist Assistant - A person who is licensed in Maine and who assists a PT in specific components of treatment, prevention and educational interventions within the practice of physical therapy. 

Practice of Physical Therapy - The rendering of or offering to render any service involving physical therapy to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate or limit physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain from injury, disease or any other bodily condition. 

Referral - The request of an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse midwife, physician assistant, naturopathic doctor or doctor of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, podiatry or dentistry or any other health care provider acting within the scope of that health care provider's license to a physical therapist to accept one of that health care provider's 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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