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The Colorado State Physical Therapy Board regulates individual physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The Board meets regularly to approve license/certification applications and enforce the rules, regulations, and practice act that governs the profession. The Board reviews complaints about physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and utilizes the Division’s Office of Investigations to investigate complaints when necessary. The Board is authorized to take disciplinary action against those who have violated the Physical Therapy Practice Act, Rules, and Regulations.
On May 16, 2013, Senate Bill12-111 was signed by the Governor requiring the mandatory reporting of the abuse of at-risk adults. This law was further modified in 2014 and signed by the Governor on April 7, 2014 via Senate Bill 14-098. This law requires that beginning on July 1, 2014 all individuals listed as mandatory reporters must report suspected physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, and caretaker neglect to law enforcement within 24 hours of the observation of the mistreatment.
Further information and the list of mandatory reporters can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services web site to include an online training on the reporting requirement.
A referral by a physician is not necessary in order for care to be provided by a licensed physical therapist.
The application for a Provisional Physical Therapist license is now available on the “Professionals (Applications and Forms)” left-hand navigation. Pursuant to C.R.S. 12-41-107.5(2), a person who holds a provisional license may only practice under the supervision of a physical therapist actively licensed in Colorado. DO NOT submit an application for provisional licensure if you plan on taking the July 2014 National Physical Therapy Examination.
Senate Bill 11-169 requires Colorado licensed physical therapists to demonstrate continuing competency (CC) in order to renew or reinstate a license.
Click on the "Continuing Professional Competency" tab on the left navigation bar to find the program manual and review all program requirements.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
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