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Wyoming Physical Therapy Definitions 

The Wyoming physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Applicant” - Any individual who submits a completed application to the board for issuance of a physical therapist license or a physical therapist assistant certificate.

“Approved Program” - A school of physical therapy or a program of physical therapist assistant training which is CAPTE accredited and approved by the Board.

“Board” - The Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy.

“CAPTE”- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

“Consultation by Means of Telecommunications” - That a physical therapist renders professional or expert opinion or advice to another physical therapist or health care provider via telecommunications or computer technology from a distant location.  It includes the transfer of data or exchange of educational or related information by means of audio, video, or data communications.  The physical therapist may use telehealth technology as a vehicle for providing only services that are legally or professionally authorized.  The patient's written or verbal consent will be obtained and documented prior to such consultation.  All records used or resulting from a consultation by means of telecommunications are part of a patient's record and are subject to applicable confidentiality requirements.

“Direct Supervision”- The physical therapist/physical therapist assistant is physically present on the premises and immediately available for direction and supervision. 

“Dry Needling”- A manual therapy technique that uses a filiform needle as mechanical device to treat conditions within the scope of physical therapy practice.  It is based upon Western medical concepts, requires a physical therapy examination and physical therapy diagnosis, and treats specific anatomic entities.  Dry needling does not include the stimulation of auricular or acupuncture meridians.  

“Examination”- A national examination approved by the Board for the license of a physical therapist or certificate of a physical therapist assistant.

“Jurisdiction”- The states, districts, territories or possessions of the United States.

“NPTE”- The National Physical Therapy Examination.

“On-Site Supervision”- The supervising physical therapist or physical therapist assistant is continuously present in the facility where the supervised services are provided, is immediately available to the person being supervised and maintains continued involvement in each treatment session.

“Physical Therapy”- The care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist or physiotherapist who is licensed in Wyoming.

“Physical Therapist”- A person who is licensed to practice physical therapy in Wyoming.

“Physical Therapy Assistant” - An individual who is certified pursuant to this act and who assists a licensed physical therapist in lawfully delegated components of physical therapy subject to the provisions of this act and rules and regulations of the board.

“Physical Therapy Services” - The care and services provided by a licensed physical therapist or a certified physical therapist assistant pursuant to this act.

“Physical Therapy Aide” - A person trained under the direction of a licensed physical therapist who performs designated and supervised components of care related to physical therapy.

“Physical Therapy Diagnosis” - A systematic examination process that culminates in assigning a diagnostic label identifying the primary dysfunction towards which physical therapy treatment will be directed but shall not include a medical diagnosis or a diagnosis of disease.

“Restricted”- A physical therapist assistant means a license or certificate on which the Board places restrictions or conditions, or both, as to scope of practice, place of practice, supervision of practice, duration of licensed status, or type or condition of patient or client whom the license may provide services.

“Student”- An individual who is currently engaged in the fulfillment of a physical therapy or physical therapist assistant educational program approved by the Board. 

“Supportive Personnel”- Persons other than licensed physical therapists who function in a physical therapy setting and assist with physical therapy care.

“Testing”- Standard methods and techniques used to gather data about the patient.


Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 33-25-101

062.0001 Wyo. Code. R. 04162018

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