Scope of Practice Task Force


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All members of this task force will be physical therapists.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with state legislative activities related to defining scope of practice
  • Experience/perspective on policy issues related to licensure, including consideration of the scope of practice of other practitioners
  • Experience identifying and developing curricular content in entry-level or postprofessional education
  • Experience in defining and knowledge of the concept of continuing competence
  • Experience in health policy analysis or health policy research

Term of Appointees

Appointees are asked to serve until task is complete.


For the period April 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 the Board of Directors' determined charge for the Scope of Practice Task Force is:

  • Define the term "scope of practice"
  • Identify the role, authority, and objectives of the association and of external organizations in determining scope of practice
  • Identify the process and criteria for determining scope of practice, including the management of inquiries regarding scope of practice
  • Describe how scope of practice determinations influence and are influenced by societal needs, education, research, current practice, payment policy, and advocacy

All APTA appointed groups are asked to conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for its work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.

Additional Information

BOD Chair: Laurita Hack, DPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA
Staff Liaison: Karen Jost, PT, MS – senior payment specialist

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