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Florida Physical Therapy Updates and Changes

2 Jan 2020 4:56 PM | Zachary Edgar (Administrator)


Continuing Education

  • How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
  • How is contact hour defined?
  • How long is the reporting period?
  • Due date for CE requirements
  • Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
  • Are there any specific requirements for continuing education?
  • Are there any specific limitations on course subjects?
  • What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
  • Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
  • What type of approval is needed for the courses?
  • What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
  • What are the reporting requirements?
  • How long must continuing education records be retained?
  • Can I have my CE requirements waived?

Scope of Practice

  • How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in Florida?
  • Services specifically excluded from the scope of practice
  • Can PTs practice dry needling?
  • Can PTs administer topical medications?


  • When a PT can perform electromyography
  • Education and supervised practice requirements

Direct Access and Referrals 

  • Is a referral required to provide PT services?
  • Which providers are considered to be practitioners of record?
  • When does a PT have to refer a patient to a physician?

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Supervision Definitions
  • What are the overall responsibilities of the PT and PTA?
  • Which services can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist?
  • What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating?

Supervision of Assistants

  • Definition of a PTA
  • Responsibilities of the PTA
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Accessibility of an offsite PT
  • Supervision of PTAs in a hospital setting

Supervision of 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?
  • Education and Training
  • What type of supervision is required?
  • Documentation

Medical Records

  • What are the physical therapist’s documentation responsibilities?
  • How much can I charge a patient for copies of their records?
  • Medical records of PTs relocating or terminating their practice
  • Deceased Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants

Temporary Permits

  • Who is eligible for a temporary permit?
  • What is required for the application?
  • What type of supervision is required for a temporary permit holder?
  • Duration of the permit

Notifications and Postings

  • How can I use “Dr” in my title?
  • When does a PT have to notify the board of any information changes?

Grounds for Discipline 

  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • Is there a law/rule against fee-splitting?
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