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Section 52.43, Physical therapy.


§52.43, Physical therapy.

  1. Definitions. As used in this section:
    1. “Basic health sciences content area” shall mean coursework which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. human anatomy specific to physical therapy;
      2. human physiology specific to physical therapy;
      3. neuroscience;
      4. kinesiology or functional anatomy; and
      5. pathology.
    2. “Medical sciences content area” shall mean coursework in clinical medicine pertinent to physical therapy which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. neurology;
      2. orthopedics;
      3. pediatrics;
      4. geriatrics;
      5. cardiopulmonary;
      6. pharmacology; and
      7. general medical/surgical metabolic conditions.
    3. “Clinical sciences: examination and evaluation content area” shall mean coursework in examination and evaluation which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. integumentary system;
      2. musculoskeletal system;
      3. neuromuscular system;
      4. cardiopulmonary system; and
      5. metabolic problems.
    4. “Clinical sciences: interventions content area” shall mean coursework in interventions which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. integumentary interventions;
      2. musculoskeletal interventions;
      3. neuromuscular interventions;
      4. cardiopulmonary interventions;
      5. airway clearance techniques;
      6. debridement and wound care;
      7. electrotherapeutic modalities;
      8. functional training in community and work, job, school, or play reintegration, including instrumental activities of daily living, work hardening, and work conditioning;
      9. functional training in self-care and home management, including activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living;
      10. manual therapy techniques;
      11. patient-related instruction;
      12. physical agents and mechanical modalities;
      13. prescription, application, and, as appropriate, fabrication of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, supportive, and prosthetic devices and equipment; and
      14. therapeutic exercise, including aerobic conditioning.
    5. “Related professional content area” shall mean coursework which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. professional behaviors;
      2. administration;
      3. community health;
      4. research and clinical decision making;
      5. educational techniques;
      6. medical terminology;
      7. communication related to client/patient care;
      8. legal and ethical aspects of physical therapy practice;
      9. psychosocial aspects in physical therapy practice;
      10. emergency procedures;
      11. cultural competency; and
      12. consultation, screening and delegation.
    6. “Clinical education content area” shall mean clinical practice experiences under the following conditions:
      1. Such clinical practice experiences shall consist of no less than 800 total hours of clinical education supervised by a physical therapist that include at least 560 hours of full-time clinical internships. For purposes of this subparagraph full-time shall mean no less than 35 hours per week.
      2. Clinical education shall include physical therapist-supervised application of physical therapy theory, examination, evaluation, and intervention.
  2. Curriculum. In addition to meeting all applicable provisions of this Part, to be registered as a program leading to licensure in physical therapy which meets the requirements of section 77.1 of this Chapter, the program shall result in a master’s or higher degree, or its equivalent, and shall require the student to have completed at least 150 semester credit hours or its equivalent of postsecondary study, including a total of at least 90 semester credit hours, or their equivalent, in the following content areas:
    1. basic health sciences;
    2. medical sciences;
    3. clinical sciences: examination and evaluation;
    4. clinical sciences: interventions;
    5. related professional; and
    6. clinical education.
Last Updated: April 13, 2021