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New Jersey PT Orders and Referrals

Is a referral required to provide PT services?

Not more than thirty (30) days from the date of initial treatment of functional limitation or pain, a licensed physical therapist shall inform the patient's licensed health care professional of record regarding the patient's plan of care.

In the event there is no identified licensed health care professional of record, the licensed physical therapist shall recommend that the patient consult with a licensed health care professional of the patient's choice. In a school setting, the schedule of physical therapy services shall be reported to the child study team by the licensed physical therapist within thirty (30) days of the date of initial treatment.

Exceptions to the referral requirement?


When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

A licensed physical therapist shall refer a patient to a health care professional licensed to practice dentistry, podiatry or medicine and surgery in this State, or other appropriate licensed health care professional:

    • When the licensed physical therapist during the examination, evaluation or intervention has reason to believe that physical therapy is contraindicated or symptoms or conditions are present that require services outside the scope of practice of the licensed physical therapist; or
    • When the patient has failed to demonstrate reasonable progress within 30 days of the date of the initial treatment.


N.J. Rev. Stat. § 45:9-37.34c

N.J.A.C. § 13:39A-2.5

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