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Regulatory Resources

Quick access to key resources

FSBPT identifies and promotes effective regulation in physical therapy to help ensure the delivery of safe and competent physical therapy care, while respecting states’ rights and responsibilities.


Below are some of the tools that we have developed for state licensing authorities in the regulation of physical therapy.

  • Cannabis and Physical Therapy

    Resources to understand hemp, marijuana, CBD, THC and physical therapy.

  • Competence in Physical Therapy: A Framework for Understanding Effects of Disuse on Physical Therapy Performance

    The Healthcare Regulatory Research Institute contracted with a cognitive psychologist to develop this report whose main area of research is the development of expertise and skill in complex domains. Subject-matter experts classified Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant critical work activities in terms of type of task/activity and type of ability required. The critical work activities were then rated for the expected rate of loss due to disuse and how quickly minimal competence can be regained. The results provide a scientific basis for policy recommendations concerning retraining after a period of disuse.

  • Coursework Tools (CWT)

    Find out how coursework tools are used to evaluate non-U.S. candidates.

  • Criminal History Record Information/Criminal Background Checks

    As jurisdictions add a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history record information as a requirement for licensure, regulatory boards are looking for resources to help them implement, understand, and apply these checks. FSBPT’s Ethics & Legislation Committee has researched and provided a number of resources physical therapy regulatory boards will find helpful when using criminal history record information for licensure.

  • Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in PT Practice  

    The APTA Orthopaedic Section’s Imaging Special Interest Group (I-SIG) has published a white paper on imaging in PT practice. 

  • Dry Needling Competencies

    FSBPT sponsored practice analysis of the competencies required of physical therapists to perform dry needling. Publically available study explicitly examining what PTs must know and be able to do to perform dry needling safely and effectively.

  • Duty to Report Trifold Brochure for Licensees

    Take action to help your licensees understand the public protection associated with reporting an individual that is unable to practice safely, has engaged in unprofessional conduct, violated laws or rules, or committed unethical practices. This brochure may be customized to your jurisdiction with your mission statement, name, address, and contact information and distributed to licensees.

  • Legislative tracking tool

    Track legislative issues important to your state.

  • Licensure Portability Resource Guide

    Potential ways to improve licensure portability.

  • Licensure Reference Guide

    Compare the requirements of various jurisdictions.

  • Minimum Data Set

    The MDS will allow physical therapy to answer questions that will determine, among others, the number of providers; the race and sex of these individuals; and the facilities and geographic location in which services are provided.

  • Model Practice Act

    Read about the most effective tool for modernizing physical therapy practice acts.

  • Model Rules for Foreign Educated Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants (Examination & Endorsement)

    The Foreign Educated Standards Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) developed the following model rules for jurisdictions to supplement the statutory language of the Model Practice Act (MPA). These rules help to improve the clarity of licensing requirements for foreign educated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants for examination versus applicants by endorsement.
    The rules reflect recommendations from FSBPT and follow the MPA; not all of the requirements are applicable for all boards, examples include jurisprudence examinations, supervised clinical practice, and criminal background checks.

  • NPDB Basis for Action Definitions Document

    The Basis for Disciplinary Action Definitions and Descriptions is a tool developed by FSBPT that categorizes the basis for disciplinary action. It includes definitions and guidelines to help state licensing authorities understand how to report disciplinary actions they take.

  • Physical Therapy Providers and the Military

    Frequently Asked Questions regarding the education and service of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the military. .

  • Reentry of Physical Therapy Providers

    A Resource for Regulatory Boards.

  • Remediation Resources

    Read detail information about ethics remediation courses.

  • Scope of Practice

    Use this tool to help you make decisions about the physical therapy scope of practice in your state.

  • Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

    The Practice Evaluation Tool allows supervisors and trainees to work together to come to a shared understanding of the trainee's clinical practice competency.

  • Telehealth in Physical Therapy

    The purpose of this document is to provide information and general guidance to physical therapy jurisdictional authorities for regulating the use of telehealth technologies in the practice of physical therapy.