The scope of practice for physical therapists is dynamic, evolving with evidence, education, and societal needs.
The scope of practice for physical therapists has three components: professional, jurisdictional, and personal.
The professional scope of practice is grounded in the profession’s unique body of knowledge, supported by educational preparation, based on a body of evidence, and linked to existing or emerging practice frameworks.
The jurisdictional (i.e. legal) scope of practice is established by a state's practice act governing the specific physical therapist’s license, and the rules adopted pursuant to that act.
Personal scope of practice consists of activities for which an individual physical therapist is educated and trained, and that he or she is competent to perform.
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Jan 12, 2022 / News
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Aug 4, 2021 / News
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Feb 21, 2020 / Podcast
APTA’s live #XchangeSA chat with Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD on telehealth and telerehab.
Jan 13, 2020 / Podcast
Sharna Prasad, PT, DPT, discusses how self-reflection makes a path clear.
Jan 8, 2020 / Podcast
For the physical therapy profession to thrive, it needs clinicians with grit. Physical therapist Fred Gilbert urges the next generation to think outside of the box and outside of the clinic.
Oct 1, 2019 / Feature
PTs and PTAs have much to offer patients and health care teams before, during, and after disasters. Part of the challenge, however, is educating other providers about those benefits.
Aug 23, 2019 / Podcast
Physical therapist Jaclyn Marie Arrow, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, discusses her session, He Said, She Said: How Personality and Communication Can Improve Patient Education.
Jul 19, 2019 / Podcast
Jaclyn Marie Arrow, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, discusses her session “He Said, She Said: How Personality and Communication Can Improve Patient Education” at APTA’s NEXT 2019 in Chicago.
Jul 1, 2019 / Column
What's legal isn't necessarily ethical.
Feb 25, 2019 / Podcast
Paul Caudillo, PT, DPT, is a veteran who finds that his rallying motto still resonates.