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  • Welcome to the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board
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    The Physical Therapist Licensing Board was created in 1971 to regulate the practice of physical therapy in Oregon. The Board's purpose is public protection and to establish professional standards of practice which assure that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are properly educated, hold valid/current licenses, practice within their scope of practice and continue to receive ongoing training throughout their careers. Physical therapy practice is governed by state statutes and rules, which define the scope of practice. The Board issues licenses, promulgates rules, monitors continuing education, investigates complaints, issues civil penalties for violations and may revoke, suspend or impose probation on a licensee or limit his/her practice. The Board is comprised of eight volunteer members: five physical therapists, one physical therapist assistant, and two public members. Each member is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  Members serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to subsequent terms. The Board is self-supporting and activities are financed solely from licensure and related fees.
STATUTES & RULES/LICENSE VERIFICATION IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
On-Line PT / PTA License Lookup
This site does constitute a "primary issuing source" for purposes of Oregon license verification. Unless otherwise noted on an individual document, the Board grants permission to copy and distribute documents and information verbatim for non-commercial use.
 
On-Line PT / PTA Compact Privilege Holder Lookup 
A Compact Privilege allows PT and PTA's licensed in a compact member state the ability to work in Oregon.  Privileges are issued by the Compact Commission, and a listing of prifilege holders is maintianed by the Commmission at the link below.  This link constitutes a "primary issuing source".

 

Maintaining Contact Information 

Any change in your mailing address, phone number, e-mail address or place of employment must be reported to the Board within 30 days.  To change your contact information please mail, fax or e-mail the form below to the Board. 

 Address Change Form

Name Change Form

 

 Written Verification of Oregon PT or PTA License

To request a Written Verification of your Oregon PT / PTA license you must complete and submit the form below along with the required fee to the Oregon PT Board.

Written Verification Form 

 

NEW -  Proposed Rule Changes

The Board is currently requesting public input on proposed changes to OAR 848.  The proposed changes update exam eligibility requirements as well as general housekeeping changes to repeal obsolete language, amend terminology, and clarify language.

 

Written comments may be submitted via email, fax or mail, or, verbal comments may be given at the public hearing scheduled for August 3rd, at 8am, at the Board office.  Details on the hearing and all proposed changes can be reviewed via the link below:

 

OPTLB-ProposedRules-082018.pdf

 

2018 -  Recent Rule Changes

The following changes to OAR 848 were implemented January 1, 2018.  Click the link below to see the changes in markup format. 

 

January 2018 Changes

 

The new language is already incorporated into the compiled Administrative Rules available via the left navigation menu, or click here.

 

In addition to the changes above, the PT Board recently also promulgated rules related to the Physical Therapy Compact, establishing a fee for a Compact Privilege in Oregon (effective June 1 2018) and adopting the Compact Commission Rules into the Oregon rules (effective July 1 2018).  These rules were necessary to facilitate Oregon's participation in the multi-state Compact, which is anticipated to be available this summer.  For more information on the Compact, please see the next section.

 

Physical Therapy Compact

The Compact is an agreement between member states that allows for PT or PTA licensees in one member state to apply for privileges to work in another member state.  There are currently 18 member states in the Compact, and the first states are anticipated to begin issuing privileges starting this summer 2018.  For more information, a map of member states, and an FAQ, please see the Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) website at ptcompact.org

 

The most recent rules adopted by the PTCC applying to all member states are linked below:  

 

Physical Therapy Compact Rules June 2018 

    

 

2018 Dates and Deadlines

 

Test Dates and Application Deadlines:

 
PTA NPTE  Oct 3, 2018         Application deadline -  08/29/2018

PT NPTE    Oct 24, 2018      Application deadline - 09/19/2018 

                    

Board Meetings and Public Hearings:

                              

Oct 11, 2018    2pm     Strategic Planning Session                     

Oct 12, 2018    9am     Board Meeting                       

Dec 07, 2018   9am     Board Meeting                                   

   

Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule
 
Sep 3, 2018     Labor Day
Nov 12, 2018   Veterans Day
Nov 22, 2018   Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2018   Day after Thanksgiving
Dec 25, 2018   Christmas Day
 
 
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New! Summer 2018 Newletter  
The Summer 2018 edition of the OPTLB Newsletter is here!  Please follow the link below.
This issue, and all past issues can also be accessed under Publications in the left hand navigation menu.
 
  
 
Renewal of Lapsed License
 
If your license is lapsed less than one year you will need to submit to the Board certificates of completion for your continuing competency requirement, and a Lapsed License Renewal form.  Please contact the Board for more information and the required form. 
 
To renew a  license lapsed more than one year there are four basic requirements. You will need  to complete the Continuing Competency requirement, which is based on how long your license is lapsed. OAR 848-010-0035, all back licensing fees and a one time late fee must be paid, you must take and pass the Oregon Jurisprudence exam and you will need to complete a background check using Fieldprint as described below. To renew a license lapsed more than one year you will need to contact the Oregon PT Board.
 
 
Continuing Competency (CC)
 
The current Certification Period is April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020.
 
The number of hours required during this certification period depends on when your initial license is effective, as described below:
 
  • 24 hours, if your license was obtained prior to April 1, 2019.
  • 12 hours, if your license is obtained between April 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • 0 hours, if your license in obtained between Jan 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
 
The Pain Management Module may be taken for credit once during each certification period for 1 unit.
 
The OR-JAM may be taken for credit once during each certification period for 3 units.
 
CPR courses are limited to 1 unit of CC credit regardless of the length of the course.
 
Please see the Oregon Administrative Rules for more details about CC.
 
aPTitude-CC Tracking Tool 
Both Licensees and students may now use aPTitude to track their Continuing Competency, a free tool for tracking your requirements and completed hours by entering your coursework and uploading your certifications.  Use the link below to see a PowerPoint demonstration of setting up and using aPTitude.
 
 
Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Module 
 
Applicants for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure in Oregon will need to complete the OR JAM as a requirement for initial licensure.  The OR JAM replaces the Board's former jurisprudence examination.  Click on the following link to learn more about the OR JAM and to register.
 
 
 
Pain Management Module
 
If your are a PT applicant you will be required to complete the Pain Management module and send a completed copy of the certificate with your application.
As a PT or PTA you may take the Pain Management Module and count if for one hour of Continuing Competency.  There is no fee to take the Pain Management module.
 
 
 
 Fingerprint Backgound Check began April 1, 2017
 
In compliance with ORS 676.303 Oregon Laws 2016 Chapter 13 Section 3, effective April 1, 2017 the Oregon PT Board now requires a FBI fingerprint background check for all new applications and for individuals applying for reinstatement of a lapsed license.  Fieldprint, Inc. is the approved state resource for this service.  To make an appointment with Fieldprint you will use the link below.  You will need to use the PT Board agency code FPORPTLicensingBdDAS in order to make an appointment.
 
 Link to Fieldprint, Inc.
 
 
 Dry Needling - DOJ Opinion
 
​From the Oregon Department of Justice May 19, 2017:
The Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board asks a question about the scope of practice of its licensees.  Below we set out that question and our short answer, followed by a discussion.  
 
Question: is the practice of "dry needling" within the scope of practice of a physical therapist licensed in Oregon?
  
Short Answer: No.