SB 0815 Creates Position of Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
LR Number:L2106.01I Fiscal Note:2106-01
Committee:Public Health and Welfare
Last Action:05/28/96 - S Inf Calendar S Bills for Perfection
Effective Date:August 28, 1996
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Current Bill Summary

SB 815 - This act would require that after January 1, 1997, all persons claiming to be physical therapist assistants must be licensed by the Board of Healing Arts. A candidate for licensure must be at least 19 years of age, of good moral character, be a high school graduate or its equivalent and possess an Associate Degree from a physical therapy education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy.

Licensing examinations for qualified candidates shall include a written exam which shall cover the subjects of anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, physiology, psychology, physical therapy theory and procedures and medical ethics.

Until August 28, 1997, the Board shall license without examination the following:

(1) Any legally qualified person who is a Missouri resident and who was actively engaged in the practice as a physical therapist assistant on August 28, 1997; and

(2) A candidate who does not meet the educational qualifications, but who can furnish written evidence that he/she has been employed for at least 3 of the past 5 years under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and possesses the knowledge and training equivalent to that obtained in an accredited school.

The Board shall license without examination any legally qualified persons who hold certificates of licensure, registration or certification in any other state if they have passed a written examination to practice as physical therapist assistants in the other state and have completed education substantially equal to requirements for licensure in this State.

The Board shall also be authorized to issue temporary licenses and to charge application fees, examination fees, licensing fees and renewal fees.

Any person licensed to practice as a physical therapist assistant who retires from the practice shall file with the Board an affidavit, which states the date the person retired from practice and other information required by the Board to verify such retirement. If that person reengages in practice as a physical therapy assistant after retirement he/she shall reapply for licensure.