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Course Overview

In order to safely practice physical therapy, it is important to understand the rules and regulations set by the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy. The Administrative Code and Practice Act are documents which outline the rules and regulations created to protect physical therapy professionals and their patients. This course will review the powers of the Board, licensure and examination procedures, duties of physical therapy professionals, and disciplinary actions for unlawful practice. It will also review the rights of the consumer and the public. 

About the Course Author

Ernest J McCormick has a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy and Business Management from the University of South Alabama. He has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association and Alabama Chapter. He has worked extensively in home health. Ernest J. McCormick, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Nicole Fogarty holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. She has experience treating patients with cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, and neurological impairments in the inpatient setting. She also has experience in outpatient orthopedics with additional training in medical screening and lumbopelvic examination and treatment. Nicole enjoys using her clinical experience and interest in current rehabilitation research as a Physical Therapy writer for Relias. Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee; Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy


    The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define key terms within the Administrative Code.; Determine the grounds, due process procedures, and penalties for disciplinary action and unlawful practice.; Determine the requirements for licensure and examination, temporary licenses, renewal and restoration of licenses, and continuing education requirements.; Identify the powers and duties of the Board.; Identify the standards of practice in the management of patient care.; State the position of the Board regarding consumer and public rights.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Key Definitions
    The Board
    Section 3: Powers and Duties of the Board
    Key Information
    Members of the Board
    Appointment of Board Members
    Powers and Duties of the Board
    Impaired Practitioner Program
    Communication With The Board
    Section 4: Licensure and Examination
    Regulations for Licensure and Examination
    Application Fee and Documentation
    United States Educated Applicants
    Foreign Educated Applicants
    Temporary Licenses
    Renewal of License
    Lost or Destroyed License or Name Change
    Fee for Verification of Licensure
    Continuing Education
    Failure to Meet The Continuing Education Requirement
    Section 5: Patient Care Management
    Regulations Covered
    Use of Titles and Lawful Practice
    Roles and Responsibilities of Licensees
    Section 6: Disciplinary Action and Unlawful Practice
    Regulations Covered
    Statement of Policy
    Grounds for Disciplinary Action
    Complaint Charging Violation of Article
    Probable Cause
    Summons and Complaint
    Pre-Hearing Discovery
    Disciplinary Hearings
    Conflict and Bias
    Costs and Fines
    Judicial Review of Revocation and Refusal of License
    Reinstatement of License after Revocation
    Section 7: Consumer and Public Rights
    Regulations Covered
    Required Identification
    Section 8: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Entry, Intermediate level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Home Health, Outpatient/Ambulatory Clinics, Residential Care.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.