State Physical Therapy Board: News


Physical Therapy Compact Commission Rulemaking Notice

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission is requesting public comment on the draft amendments to Rule 2.1 - Criminal Background Check. View the notice and draft amendments as well as information relating to submitting a comment. 

For more information, please see the PT Compact website or send an email to the PT Compact directly at info@ptcompact.org.


Exam Application Process Changes

Effective December 1, 2017, the Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) at the Department of Regulatory Agencies will no longer pre-approve candidates for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), except for foreign trained candidates. Applicants wishing to take the examination should contact the Federation of State Physical Therapy Boards (FSBPT) directly and may register for the exam on the FSBPT website on or after December 1, 2017. FSBPT will determine an applicant’s eligibility for the NPTE after confirming the following:

  1. The candidate meets FSBPT’s current eligibility requirements in effect at the time of registration for the NPTE (reference the NPTE Candidate Handbook).
  2. The candidate has successfully completed a physical therapy program that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (i.e. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)) or candidate’s eligibility to graduate within 90 days of an accredited program.

Applicants seeking a Colorado physical therapy must pass the NPTE examination before submitting an application for licensure to the Division.

Please send questions to Donna Bame at donna.bame@state.co.us.


Mandatory Reporting Reminder

Did you know you are a mandatory reporter? Under Colorado law, more than 40 professions are required to report suspected child abuse and elder abuse. These professions include many regulated through the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) at DORA, such as:

  • Physicians (including physician assistants and physicians in training);
  • Podiatrists;
  • Dentists and dental hygienists;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Nurses (including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners);
  • Nursing home administrators;
  • Occupational therapists;
  • Optometrists;
  • Physical therapists;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Veterinarians;
  • Mental health professionals (including psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, registered psychotherapists and all candidates for licensure);

Online trainings help mandatory reporters recognize and report abuse, neglect and exploitation. Licensees of the regulatory boards at DPO may accrue credit towards continuing education and continuing competency requirements for completing the trainings (should they exist for their profession).  

Section 19-3-304, C.R.S. outlines the persons required by law to report child abuse and/or neglect. To assist mandatory reporters, a training is available on the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://coloradocwts.com/mandated-reporter-training.

Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S outlines the persons required by law to report abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders and at-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Further information and an online training can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://www.coloradoaps.com/about-mandatory-reporting-update.html.  

If you have further questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Colorado Department of Human Services.

For questions regarding mandatory child abuse reporting, please contact the Office of Children, Youth, and Families’ Child Welfare Training System at 800-390-9619 or support@coloradocwts.com.

For questions regarding mandatory reporting of at-risk elders and at-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please contact the Office of Community Access and Independence’s Division of Aging and Adult Services at cdhs_aps_questions@state.co.us.


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 dora_physicaltherapyboard@state.co.us.


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.

Colorado is a Direct Access State

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