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New York Physical Therapy Definitions

The New York physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions.  

“Basic Health Sciences Content Area” - Coursework which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:

    • Human anatomy specific to physical therapy;
    • Human physiology specific to physical therapy;
    • Neuroscience;
    • Kinesiology or functional anatomy; and
    • Pathology.

“Clinical Education Content Area” - Clinical practice experiences under the following conditions:

    • Such clinical practice experiences shall consist of no less than 800 total hours of clinical education supervised by a physical therapist that include at least 560 hours of full-time clinical internships. For purposes of this subparagraph full-time shall mean no less than 35 hours per week.
    • Clinical education shall include physical therapist-supervised application of physical therapy theory, examination, evaluation, and intervention.

“Clinical Sciences: Examination and Evaluation Content Area” - Coursework in examination and evaluation which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:

    • Integumentary system;
    • Musculoskeletal system;
    • Neuromuscular system;
    • Cardiopulmonary system; and
    • Metabolic problems.

“Clinical Sciences: Interventions Content Area” - Coursework in interventions which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:

    • Integumentary interventions;
    • Musculoskeletal interventions;
    • Neuromuscular interventions;
    • Cardiopulmonary interventions;
    • Airway clearance techniques;
    • Debridement and wound care;
    • Electrotherapeutic modalities;
    • Functional training in community and work, job, school, or play reintegration, including instrumental activities of daily living, work hardening, and work conditioning;
    • Functional training in self-care and home management, including activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living;
    • Manual therapy techniques;
    • Patient-related instruction;
    • Physical agents and mechanical modalities;
    • Prescription, application, and, as appropriate, fabrication of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, supportive, and prosthetic devices and equipment; and
    • Therapeutic exercise, including aerobic conditioning.

“Medical Sciences Content Area” - Coursework in clinical medicine pertinent to physical therapy which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:

    • Neurology;
    • Orthopedics;
    • Pediatrics;
    • Geriatrics;
    • Cardiopulmonary;
    • Pharmacology; and
    • General medical/surgical metabolic conditions.

“Physical Therapy”- The evaluation, treatment or prevention of disability, injury, disease, or other condition of health using physical, chemical, and mechanical means including, but not limited to heat, cold, light, air, water, sound, electricity, massage, mobilization, and therapeutic exercise with or without assistive devices, and the performance and interpretation of tests and measurements to assess pathophysiological, pathomechanical, and developmental deficits of human systems to determine treatment, and assist in diagnosis and prognosis.

“Related Professional Content Area” - Coursework which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:

    • Professional behaviors;
    • Administration;
    • Community health;
    • Research and clinical decision making;
    • Educational techniques;
    • Medical terminology;
    • Communication related to client/patient care;
    • Legal and ethical aspects of physical therapy practice;
    • Psychosocial aspects in physical therapy practice;
    • Emergency procedures;
    • Cultural competency; and
    • Consultation, screening and delegation.


N.Y. Edu. Law § 6731

N.Y. Comp. Codes R. tit. §52.43

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