State Physical Therapy Board: News


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.


Physical Therapy Compact Commission Rulemaking Notice

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission is requesting public comment on the following draft Rules. Pursuant to Section 9 of the Physical Therapy Compact, the Commission is required to post this Notice at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting at which the Rules will be considered and voted upon by the Commission.

Summary of Proposed Rules or Amendment to Existing Rules

The draft rules facilitate the general operation of the Physical Therapy Compact Commission in order to fulfill the objectives of the Compact, through a means of joint cooperative action among the Member States.

Draft of the Rule Language

Download the Notice and Draft Rules.

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission will consider and vote on the adoption of the attached draft rules at its public meeting on November 5, 2017.

  • November 5, 2017 at 8 a.m. (MT)
  • Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
    1300 Tuyana Trail
    Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004

Deadline and Written Comments Process

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on October 27, 2017. All comments or intentions to attend the Commission meeting should be submitted electronically by the deadline to info@ptcompact.org. All comments must be provided in a single file and must include the name of the submitter, any organization the submitter represents, and the rule number(s) the comments address. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible, please contact the PT Compact Commission using the contact information below for special instructions.

Requests for Public Hearing

Pursuant to Section 9 of the Physical Therapy Compact, the PT Compact Commission shall hold a public hearing on the proposed rules changes if a hearing is requested by:

  1. At least twenty-five (25) persons;
  2. A state or federal governmental subdivision or agency; or
  3. An association having at least twenty-five (25) members.

If one of the three standards above is met, the Commission will hold a hearing on the proposed rules at its public meeting on November 5, 2017. The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. (MT) at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, 1300 Tuyana Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004.

All requests for a public hearing must be submitted electronically to info@ptcompact.org by 5 p.m. (ET) on October 27, 2017

Contact

For further information, contact T.J. Cantwell, Compact Administrator, by email at administrator@ptcompact.org or by telephone at 703-299-3100 ext. 261.


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 health care provider for physical therapy treatment is not necessary in order to receive care from a licensed physical therapist.