Board of Physical Therapy
- NEW - Rules Effective June 29, 2016:
- 1150-.01-.12 - Continuing Competence
- 1150-01-.22 - Dry Needling
- NEW - Physical Therapy Clinical Students Performing Dry Needling
- NOTE: The Board has promulgated Rules regarding Trigger-Point Dry Needling and they became effective June 29, 2016.
- Board Pre-Approved Dry Needling Courses and Approved Providers
- 1150-01-.08 - Examinations
- 1150-01.15 - Disciplinary Actions, Civil Penalties, Assessment of Costs, and Screening Panel
- Continuing Competence Policy
- License Verification Instructions
- Background Checks Required for Those Providing Patient Care
- Volunteer for Mass Emergency Clinics
- American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics
- Legislative Updates
- Criminal Background Check Required for New Applications
About the Board of Physical Therapy
Pursuant to Public Chapter 115 of the Public Acts of 2007, The Board of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Examiners and its two (2) Committees ( Committee of Occupational Therapy and Committee of Physical Therapy ) has been replaced by the Board of Occupational Therapy and the Board of Physical Therapy.
The Board of Physical Therapy is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice physical therapy within the state be qualified to practice. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.
The Board of Physical Therapy consists of five (5) members, appointed by the Governor. Three (3) members are physical therapists, one (1) member is a physical therapist assistant, and one (1) member is a consumer who is not physical therapist and is not commercially or professionally associated with the health care industry. Members may be appointed from a list of three nominees submitted to the Governor by the respective organization for each profession.
The Board meets four (4) times per year. A quorum of the Committee consists of three (3) members. The meetings are open to the public.
The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Physical therapists may be granted licensure by examination or reciprocity from other states. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at Tennessee.gov/health. Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information.
Contact the Board of Physical Therapy
615-532-3202 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243