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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 4,310 licensed physical therapists and 1,236 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.


                  New Licensure Requirement for Georgia PTs and PTAs

            Continuing Competence Compliance reporting made easy . . . with aPTitude!

To help Georgia PTs and PTAs stay current with the new continuing competence requirements 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. 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.

BY JUNE 1, 2015: Licensees must create your free account in aPTitude and begin recording your completed activities and uploading your certificates (or other completion documentation) as soon as possible. Registration after this date may delay renewal of your license. 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 12/31/2015

•  Start recording all completed activities from January 1, 2014 and thereafter - 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.


~ IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE CHANGE ~

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 occupational 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.

To review the law and learn more about how this new law may affect your practice, select the following link:  Consumer Information Awareness Act.






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214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
404.656.2881
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