State Physical Therapy Board: News

Sunset Review for Physical Therapy Practice Act

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Physical Therapy Practice Act. Analysis is performed to determine if the Act and the program are necessary and should be continued, modified, or cease operations. To provide input on this review, please visit

New Law Affects Physical Therapists

On June 1, 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-158 Concerning the Ability of a Physician Assistant to Perform Functions Delegated by a Physician that are within the Physician Assistant’s Scope of Practice. The bill clarifies and expands the duties that a physician may delegate to a physician assistant within his or her Scope of Practice. It is effective August 10, 2016.

Specific to physical therapists, the new law amends section 12-41-113(3), C.R.S., which gives a physical therapist the authority to perform wound debridement under a physician’s order when such debridement is consistent with the scope of physical therapy practice. The bill adds physician assistants as a second provider who can order wound debridement to be performed by a physical therapist. Physical therapists can now perform wound debridement under a physician’s or a physician assistant’s order.

If you have questions, please contact the Board at

Continuing Competency Required

Senate Bill 11-169 requires Colorado licensed physical therapists to demonstrate continuing competency (CC) in order to renew or reinstate a license.

  • Physical therapist assistants are not required to participate.
  • Physical therapists will begin participating on November 1, 2014, after renewing a license.
  • CC requirements must be met prior to renewing a license in 2016.

You May be a Mandatory Reporter

On May 16, 2013, Senate Bill 12-111 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.

Colorado is a Direct Access State

Colorado is a direct access state, which means that obtaining a referral by a physician or other health care provider for physical therapy treatment is not necessary in order to receive care from a licensed physical therapist.