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Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy
The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy is an eight member board appointed by the Governor to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board meets approximately 6 times each year to administratively control, supervise and regulate the 6000+ licensed physical therapists and 2000+ licensed physical therapist assistants practicing in Georgia.
Physical Therapy is the examination, treatment, and instruction of people to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain from injury, disease and conditions. Licensed physical therapists practice in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, nursing homes, schools and private practices. The physical therapist assistant is supervised and directed by a licensed physical therapist.
Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon. During the meetings, the Board reviews correspondence, applications for licensure, and complaints. Persons wishing to submit complaints or other matters for Board consideration should submit the matter in writing to the office.
The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy is excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2016, the Georgia Jurisprudence Examination will be available to applicants and licensees online via the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Jurisprudence Assessment Module (JAM). By moving the examination to a web-based application, test takers may now take the examination from a computer in any location with internet capability. The GA JAM will replace the current law exam that is presently offered by FSBPT at Prometric testing centers. To find out how this change may affect you, select the following link for additional information or enter the following link into your web browser and review frequently asked questions about the GA JAM:
THE CREATION OF AN aPTtitude ACCOUNT IS
To help Georgia PTs and PTAs stay current with the new continuing competence requirements that became effective on February 5, 2015, the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy (“Board”) requires all licensees to report compliance with the continuing competence requirements by using the free online system aPTitude.
REQUIRED IN GEORGIA
If you held a Georgia license prior to August 31, 2015 or have obtained a license thereafter, your aPTitude account should be active and include all continuing education activities and a copy of your completion certificate. Please note that if you fail to do so, you will likely be selected for audit during the upcoming renewal cycle.
The aPTitude system was built by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to help PTs and PTAs comply with licensure renewal requirements, maintain ongoing competence, and manage activity records. The Board has determined that aPTitude is the appropriate tool for Georgia PTs and PTAs to record their completed activities for audit purposes.
Only your name, license number, and email address are required to register.
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions:
• Go to www.fsbpt.org/aPTitude (please bookmark this page)
• Select PT or PTA registration option, and supply your preferred email address
• Complete the brief registration form
• Click Add a License, select Georgia, answer the registration questions, add your license number and enter the cycle end date and the CCU date of 12/31/2017
• Start recording all completed activities and don't forget to upload your completion certificates!
For assistance with your aPTitude account, email aPTitudeHelp@fsbpt.org. Help can also be found in the aPTitude FAQs. Please select the "new continuing competence requirements" link above to review Board Rule 490-4-.02 for answers to questions regarding your continuing competence requirements.
***PLEASE NOTE*** Those who opt to submit the jurisprudence examination in lieu of taken a jurisprudence course are not able to submit the same test that was taken to obtain licensure for continuing education credit. A new test result will need to be submitted. The rationale behind the Board's position is that laws and rules do change and to use the same test for CE credit during the same cycle one was licensed does not ensure that the licensee has remained abreast of the current laws and rules.
In addition to reviewing Board Rule 490‐4‐.02 and Policy #7, it is suggested that individuals download a copy of the Guide for Continuing Competence Activities & Documentation Requirements for aPTitude. Please note that the guide is not comprehensive. It is a quick reference tool developed to assist applicants and licensees with identifying some of the documentation that the Board may require as evidence of completion of identified continuing competency activities. The guide also provides references to the number of hours that may be awarded for the activity and identifies where individuals may find a reference to that activity within the continuing competency rule.
The Consumer Information and Awareness Act (O.C.G.A. § 43-1-33)
was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 12, 2015. The new
statute requires that physical therapists and other licensed health care
practitioners provide for certain identification, educational identifiers and
signage in the workplace and in advertisements. It also identifies the
penalties for intentional violation of the provisions of the law.
In addition to the above, Chapter 33 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, known as the Physical Therapy Practice Act, was amended to revise the powers of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy with regard to various provisions related to the licensure and regulation of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants to include definitions, provisions for use of titles, grounds for granting licenses and disciplinary action and altering the requirements for prior physician consultation or referral for physical therapy treatment. The amendment identified as HB 505 was signed into law by Governor Deal on May 5, 2015 and will become effective as of July 1, 2015. To review a copy of the bill as passed by the House and Senate of the Georgia General Assembly, select the following link: HB 505.
As a result of the aforementioned statutory changes, the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy will be making revisions to the current board rules in order to ensure that they complement and/or supported by the statute. Please monitor the proposed rules link on the board website for any potential modifications.