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Michigan Physical Therapy Definitions 

The Michigan physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Board”- The Michigan board of physical therapy created under section 17821 of the code, MCL 333.17821.

“Code”- The public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211.

“Department”- The Michigan department of licensing and regulatory affairs.

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

“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 physical therapist in physical therapy intervention.

“Practice as Physical Therapist Assistant” - The practice of physical therapy performed under the supervision of a physical therapist 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.


Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.17801

Mich. Admin. Code r. 338.7121

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