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Missouri Physical Therapy Definitions 

Approved Health Care Provider – A person holding a current and active license as a physician and surgeon, a chiropractor, a dentist, a podiatrist, a physician assistant, an advanced practice registered nurse, or any licensed and registered physician, chiropractor, dentist, or podiatrist practicing in another jurisdiction whose license is in good standing.

Board - The Board of Registration for the Healing Arts in the State of Missouri.

Chronic Illness - Chronic illness shall be defined as the diagnosis of a disease process, illness, or disability with a specified set of signs and symptoms, and the continuation or progression of continued signs and symptoms consistent with the original diagnosis for greater than six (6) months.

Commission - The Advisory Commission for Physical Therapists.

Consult or Consultation- Communication by telephone, by fax, in writing, or in person with the patient's personally approved licensed health care provider or a licensed health care provider of the patient's designation.

Hour of Continuing Education - A minimum of fifty (50) minutes and up to a maximum of sixty (60) minutes spent in actual attendance at and completion of an approved continuing education activity.

Licensee - Any person licensed by the board to practice as a PT and/or PTA in the state of Missouri.

One Continuing Education Unit (CEU)- Equivalent to ten (10) clock hours of approved continuing education (i.e. ten (10) clock hours = 1.0 CEU, one (1) clock hour = 0.1 CEU).

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

Physical Therapist Assistant - A person who is licensed as a PTA by the board or a person who was actively engaged in practice as a PTA on August 28, 1993.

Practice of Physical Therapy - The examination, treatment and instruction of human beings to assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction and pain from injury, disease and any other bodily condition.

Recurring Self-Limiting Injury - A recurring self-limiting injury shall be defined as an injury that occurs multiple times, with a repeat of signs and symptoms for the initially diagnosed injury and does not precipitate additional injury or illness.


Mo. Rev. Stat. § 334.500.

20 CSR 2150-3.200

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