Physical therapists are responsible for practicing within the scope of their own personal knowledge, skills, and abilities. Physical therapists (PT) should not provide services that they do not personally have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform, even if the state law generally allows a PT to provide the service. If a physical therapist practices outside of their own personal competencies they could potentially be in violation of their license, as well as in violation of professional standards of conduct.
The following links are to resources that help guide PTs in defining their own personal scope of practice and competencies. Review other resources related to Scope of PT Practice.
Resources related to promoting life-long learning and competency in practice
APTA Resources on Ethics & Professionalism
Resources on how PTs can strive to apply principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication and accountability
FSBPT Practice Review Tool
The practice review tool (PRT) is an initiative created by the FSBPT to allow physical therapists to compare their knowledge, skills and abilities to current entry-level practice. It is also an opportunity to review PT fundamentals.
APTA Learning Center
APTA's online learning center providing a wide-range of courses for life-long learning on a variety of issues.
Practice and Patient Care
APTA resources on issues that enable physical therapist practice and affect the delivery of care.