Proposed Regulations

Clinical Service Requirements for Foreign Educated Applicants

The Physical Therapy Board of California proposes to amend section 1398.26.5 of Article 2 of Division 13.2, Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).

CCR Section 1398.26.5 requires applicants who are graduates of non-accredited physical therapy education programs that are not located in the United States to demonstrate clinical competence through a period of clinical service supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Subsections (a) and (c) specify that at least one supervising physical therapist be the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) and/or the Clinical Instructor (CI), as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Subsection (d) requires that the CCCE and/or the CI report the clinical service evaluation of the physical therapist applicant on the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) issued by the APTA.

The proposed amendments to CCR Section 1398.26.5 would allow for use of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s (FSBPT) Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool (PET), as an alternative to use of the APTA’s CPI. Additionally, the proposed amendments make non-substantive changes such as replacing the word “credentialed” for “certified” in reference to the CI. This is consistent with APTA’s terminology and adds clarity to the proposed regulation, since it eliminates confusion between the clinical service being certified and the CI’s being certified. This proposed regulation also corrects a typographical error in subsection (d) by replacing the word “elevations” with “evaluations.”

Satisfactory Documentary Evidence of Equivalent Foreign Education for Licensure as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapy Board of California proposes to amend section 1398.26.1 of Article 2 of Division 13.2, Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).

This proposal would include tools for evaluating current education equivalency of those graduates from a non-accredited foreign physical therapy program and would authorize the Board to accept Coursework Tool (CWT) 6, in lieu of the corresponding CWT 1-5, for all years of graduation from non-accredited foreign schools.

Retired License and Fees

Adds Section 1399.18 to new Article 1.5 and amend sections 1399.50 and 1399.52 of Article 10 of Division 13.2 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).

This proposal would establish minimum eligibility requirements to enter into retired license as well as define requirements for restoring a license to an active status should a licensee with a retired license choose. These proposed regulations will also incorporate by reference the application to enter retired license (RS1 (NEW 09/2021)) and the application to restore a retired license into active status (RS2 (NEW 09/2021)). Additionally, the Board proposes to amend sections 1399.50 and 1399.52 to set a one-time $100 application fee to enter retired license.