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September 2011 www.dos.state.pa.us

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Policy Changes Strengthen Public Protection Efforts

Protecting the public health and safety is a top priority for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  During their first week in office, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele were confronted with a tragic situation that challenged this important premise. This situation involved the Women’s Medical Society and Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

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Rules and Regulations update

The State Board of Physical Therapy finished their work on the rules and regulations in November of 2010.  The regulations came back to the Board at our March meeting for revision.    The Board is now waiting for the rules and regulations to move through the legislative review process.  The hope is that the Board proposed rules and regulations will be released for public comment by the end of 2011.

James L. Clahane, PT Board Chair Completes His Tenure

The PA State Board of Physical Therapy would like to thank James L. Clahane, PT for his past 9+ years of service to the State Board.  Jim has served as Chair of the Board for the past 2 years and has worked actively over his entire term of office to attempt to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania and to guide the group towards making thoughtful decisions.  He has been instrumental in guiding the Board’s writing of the rules and regulations that should be forthcoming by the end of the year.    His humor and sincerity have guided the Board and he will be greatly missed.  We wish him well as he will continue his work for the profession with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Retroactive CEU Approval

At this time, there is no mechanism for individuals to obtain retroactive CEU approval for courses that have not been approved by the State Board of Physical Therapy.  As a consumer of continuing education, each licensee is responsible for ensuring that the course that they are taking has been approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy prior to attending the course.  The application for CEU approval must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the course, providing the consumer (PA physical therapist and physical therapist assistant) ample time to ensure that the course which they plan to attend has Board approval.

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CEU requirements for this license period

For the licensure period of Jan 1, 2011 until December 31st, 2012, all physical therapist and physical therapist assistants are required to have 15 continuing education hours.  These hours must be documented in a file in case you are audited and must be kept on file for 5 years.  

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Newly Elected State Board of Physical Therapy Chair

At the July 2011 meeting, Dr. Susan Whitney was elected as the new Chair of the State Board of Physical Therapy.  Dr. Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh and her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dry Needling

The State Board of Physical Therapy would like to remind you that “Dry Needling” is not currently within the scope of physical therapist practice within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy approves many courses that relate to patient care, but are not within the scope of physical therapist practice, such as courses in radiology, surgery, and dry needling.  While dry needling is approved in some states/jurisdictions, it is not legal to perform this procedure as a physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7134 | ST-PHYSICAL@state.pa.us
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