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the Florida Physical Therapy Practice act

This take-home exam is designed for you to obtain a copy of the Florida Physical Therapy Practice act and answer specific questions regarding said act.

A copy of the practice act can be obtained from the Florida Department of Health web site located at:


Once you load this site read the following:

Florida Statutes & Administrative Codes
Click on Chapter or Rule to View Florida Statutes

Chapter 486: Physical Therapy

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions

Florida Administrative Codes

You will be connected to the Florida Department of State: State Library and Archives of Florida website, which is the official custodian of the administrative codes.

Rule 64B17, F.A.C. (Board of Physical Therapy Rules)

It is also recommended that you view the ?Study Guide and Law and Rules? document on the Dept. of Health webpage ? this will assist you in completing the assignment

Please note that you are expected to demonstrate integrity by adhering to the honor system ? this means you are to complete this assignment alone ? this is NOT a group project!

All answers should be typed, complete and thorough. One or two word answers are not acceptable. Please use complete sentences. You are NOT permitted to cut and paste from the practice act. All answers should be paraphrased.

Print your exam and submit in person on the due date by 8 am.
Answer the following questions:

1. Who may use the title physical therapist or physical therapist assistant?

The only individual who is allow to call themselves Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant is the one who completes an education program in an accredited school and obtains a licensure as its required by law. It is unlawful to pretend to be a professional when a person has not obtain a validated license. Chapter 486 Section 486.151

2. What abbreviations are appropriate and who may or may not use them?

For Physical Therapist the appropriate abbreviations to use when a person is license are ?P.T.?,
?Ph.T.?,?R.P.T.?, or ?L.P.T?.
For Physical Therapist Assistant the appropriate abbreviations to use when a person is license are ?P.T.A?, ?L.P.T.A.?, ?R.P.T.A?, or ?P.T.T?.
It is unlawful for any other individual who has not obtain the license or license has been revoke to use any of this abbreviation either by written or oral to represent themselves as a professional on the field. Chapter 486 Section 486.135

3. Who may practice Physical Therapy in the state of Florida?

The only individuals who can practice or called themselves practitioner as Physical Therapist in the State of Florida are those who previously acquired a license. Chapter 486 Section 486.028

4. What are the requirements for licensure as a PTA in the state of Florida?

In order to obtain a licensure as a PTA in the state of Florida individuals should,1. Be at least 18 years old, 2. Have good morals, 3.Attend a college or university that provides a curriculum approve by the United State Department of Education or Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), classes approve by the Florida Physical Therapy Association or the American Physical Therapy Associations, The board can make exception from the rule in case of emergency, Chapter 486 Section 486.109

5. What is the definition for supervision of a PTA in the State of Florida?

Physical Therapist Assistants who performed patient related treatment for a board certified orthopedic physician or physiatrist shall be under the general supervision of a Physical Therapist, direct supervision is not require. For other health care practitioners onsite supervision from a Physical Therapist is required Chapter 486 Section 486.021

6. Who may supervise Physical Therapist Assistants?

The only person who is permitted to supervise a Physical Therapist Assistant is a Physical Therapist. Chapter 486 Section 486.021

7. What are the supervision requirements of a PTA in an acute setting vs. a non-acute setting?
The Physical Therapist Assistant should no provide services to patient for an acute setting such as inpatient or hospital unless a Physical Therapist is present for direct supervision. Contrary to this, a Physical Therapist Assist can perform physical therapy treatment for patients who are not in this type of setting (such as outpatient) with general supervision with accessibility to telecommunication at all times with the Physical Therapist. Chapter 486 & 64B17-6.001

8. Is there a specific ratio for supervision of PTAs by PTs? Compare to a different state physical therapy practice act (specify the state and provide reference to this portion)

Regarding to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Jurisdiction Licensure Reference Guide the ratio for supervision by a Physical Therapist to a Physical Therapist Assistant varies from state to state. In the state of Florida there is no supervision ratio which means a Physical Therapist has no limit on how many PTAs can supervise. In the state of Alabama A PT can only supervise 1:4 PTAs only, in the state of Arizona a PT can supervise 1:3 PTAs, PTA aides, PTA Students, Temporary license, and supervise clinical practice. (FSBPT, n.d.)

9. How many attempts at passing the state licensure exam can the PTA make?

A Physical Therapist Assistant is allow to take the NPTE examination 3 times. If the student does not pass the exam on the first three trials, the students will need to complete additional education prescribed by the board. With the completion of additional education the student will be able to take the exam for two more occasion, if the student fails to pass a second time, it will no longer be eligible to take the examination. Chapter 486 Section 486.104

10. Are there guidelines for documentation or a requirement for a co-signature for the PTA?

11. Is there a continuing education required to maintain licensure for the PTA and if so, how much and in what time period? Do they differ between PTs and PTAs or are they the same?

All Physical Therapist Assistant are required to demonstrate their knowledge by completing 24 hours of continuing education biennially in college or university that provides a curriculum accredited by United State Department of Education, Florida Physical Therapy Association, or American Physical Therapy Association. This requirements applies for both Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant. Chapter 486. Section 486.109

12. Are there any guidelines regarding engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient
during or after the time when a patient is being seen as a patient for physical
Physical Therapist and patient relation must be kept in a professional manner. Sexual misconduct is a violation to the law. Any sexual activities outside the scope of practice of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant is prohibited. Chapter 486 Section 486.123

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