The professional scope of practice for physical therapists is ever evolving. It is based on the profession's unique body of knowledge, supported by educational preparation, a body of evidence, and existing or emerging practice frameworks. APTA has a primary role in determining the professional scope of practice of physical therapy.
The following documents and resources related to physical therapist (PT) scope of practice, education, and research provide a foundation for the physical therapist professional scope of practice:
Resources Related to PT Professional Scope of Practice
The following resources are to documents and resources that describe the depth and breadth of the clinical practice and services of licensed physical therapists
Entry Level Professional Education
The following resources describe the entry-level education of physical therapists. Note: Entry-level education does not encompass those skills and techniques that are part of the physical therapy scope of practice that are obtained by physical therapist post-graduate.
Research is a key element in formulating evidence-based practice, and helps inform and guide the evolving professional scope of practice for PT.