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Michigan Physical Therapy Definitions 

APTA - The American Physical Therapy Association

Board - The Michigan Board of Physical Therapy created under section 17821 of the code, MCL 333.17821.

CAPTE - The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Code - The Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211.

Continuous Instruction - Education or presentation time that does not include breakfast, lunch, or dinner periods, coffee breaks, or other breaks in the activity or program.

Department - The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Direct Supervision - The physical therapist is physically present and immediately available for direction and supervision when patients or clients are present when the act, task, or function is performed, and that the physical therapist has direct contact with the patient or client during each visit.

FSBPT - The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

NPTE - The National Physical Therapy Examination.

Patient or Client of Record - A patient or client who is receiving physical therapy services from a licensed PT or from a licensed PTA under the direction and supervision of a PT.

PDR - Professional development requirement.

Physical Therapist - An individual licensed in Michigan to engage in the practice of physical therapy.

Physical Therapist Assistant - An individual with a health profession subfield license under who assists a PT in physical therapy intervention.

Practice as Physical Therapist Assistant- The practice of physical therapy performed under the supervision of a PT licensed under this part.

Practice of Physical Therapy - The evaluation of, education of, consultation with, or treatment of an individual by the employment of effective properties of physical measures and the use of therapeutic exercises and rehabilitative procedures, with or without assistive devices, for the purpose of preventing, correcting, or alleviating a physical or mental disability. Physical therapy includes treatment planning, performance of tests and measurements, interpretation of referrals, initiation of referrals, instruction, consultative services, and supervision of personnel. Physical measures include massage, mobilization, heat, cold, air, light, water, electricity, and sound.

Prescription - A written or electronic order for physical therapy.


Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.17801

Mich. Admin. Code r. 338.7121

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