Reentering Physical Therapy Practice

The following resources are provided to support physical therapists and employers in navigating a successful reentry into clinical practice. Evidence-based practice, direct access, new documentation guidelines, and changes in reimbursement are only a few of the areas of practice that have experienced a significant evolution in a very short time. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list — simply a way to get started.

Use the APTA Learning Center to find relevant continuing education offerings. Review the continuing education offerings below. This may serve as a refresher for PTs and PTAs reentering the profession.

You'll find more information throughout APTA's website and may also obtain answers to other questions from our Department of Practice staff at

Updates in Practice

  • Self-Assessment Tools: Resources to Help You Assess Your Clinical Practice

    Determine how much work needs to be done to successfully reenter clinical practice. Suggested tools include "Assessing Competence: A Resource Manual" and APTA's "Clinical Performance Instrument."

  • Evidence-based Practice Resources

    APTA provides several resources to help you become familiar and comfortable with incorporating evidence into clinical practice.

  • Changes in Documentation

    It is essential for reentering PTs to understand changes in documentation requirements and the standards for all aspects of the patient-client management model.

  • Changes in Payment

    APTA has extensive resources to assist members in getting paid for services.

  • Licensure

    Learn about changes affecting the legal practice of physical therapy in your state. Mandatory CEUs? Direct access provisions? Licensure and reinstatement?

Continuing Education

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