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New Jersey Physical Therapy 

Welcome to our New Jersey Physical Therapy FAQs.  We've combined the state laws, board rules, and position statements to create a clear guide on the rules that must be followed by PTs and PTAs. 

FAQs

Continuing Education

  • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
  • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
  • Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
  • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
  • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
  • What are the reporting requirements?
  • Waivers and audits 

Scope of Practice

  • How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in New Jersey?
  • What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
  • Definitions related to diagnostic testing
  • Examinations and evaluations
  • Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice
  • Are there any specific procedures or modalities regulated by the board?

Telehealth

  • Definitions
  • License requirements
  • Standard of Care
  • PT/PTA Patient Relationship
  • Provision of Services through Telehealth
  • Records
  • Prevention of Fraud and Abuse
  • Privacy and Notice to Patient

Orders and Referrals

  • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
  • Exceptions to the referral requirement?
  • When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

Delegation and Supervision

  • Supervision Definitions
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when providing direct supervision?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when providing general supervision?

Assistants

  • Which services are PTAs allowed to practice?
  • Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • When the supervising physical therapist is off-site
  • What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
  • Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
  • What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
  • What is the required designation for assistants?

Aides

  • What can an aide do?
  • What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?
  • What type of supervision is required?

Documentation 

  • What must be included in the patient record?
  • What are the physical therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
  • Exception to the documentation requirements
  • How long do the records need to be retained?
  • Release of patient records
  • Charging the patient for copies
Identification and Notification
    • PT and PTA Identification
    • Are there any specific requirements for posting notifications or licenses?
    • When does a PT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Advertising

  • Definitions related to advertising
  • Misconduct related to advertising
  • Advertising fees
  • Advertising certification in a specialty area
  • Advertising free or discounted services
  • Testimonial advertising
  • Minimum content requires in all advertising
  • Business entities offering physical therapy services
  • Retaining advertising records

Financial Arrangements with Patients

    • Reasonable fees
    • Required information on patient fees
    • Disallowed fees
    • Excessive fees

Temporary License

  • Duration of the temporary license
  • Renewal
  • Responsibilities of a temporary visiting PTA

Unprofessional Conduct 


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