Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

Current rules in progress

CR-101 Document for Physical Therapy Licensing Updates

To ensure transparency and provide comprehensive insight into the regulatory changes, we have published the CR-101 document detailing the initial rule-making process for physical therapy licensing updates (PDF). This document outlines the scope, objectives, and potential impacts of the proposed changes, serving as a foundation piece for public commentary and future regulatory development. 

1. Health Equity Education Requirement

We are introducing a mandatory health equity education requirement for all practicing physical therapists and assistants. This initiative aims to improve patient outcomes by addressing health disparities and promoting cultural competency within our community. Learn More about Health Equity Education Requirements(PDF)

2. Enhancements for Foreign Educated Applicants

We are committed to recognizing the diverse qualifications of physical therapists educated outside the United States. To facilitate their integration into our health care system, we have made adjustments to our licensing requirements. These changes are designed to more accurately assess the qualifications of foreign-educated professionals, ensuring they meet our high standards of care without unnecessary barriers. Discover more about adjustments for foreign-educated applicants (PDF).

3. Intramuscular Needling Endorsement Standards

New standards for intramuscular needling endorsements have been proposed to ensure patient safety and therapeutic efficacy. These guidelines outline the necessary qualifications and procedural knowledge required for practitioners. See intramuscular needling endorsement standards (PDF).  
 

4. Physical Therapy Licensure Compact-Compact Compliance

We’re adapting our practices to align with the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, enhancing professional mobility and patient care across states. This compliance ensures our practitioners can meet nationwide standards, fostering a more connected and efficient healthcare environment. Learn about physical therapy licensure compact compliance (PDF)

Engage with the Process

Your feedback is invaluable to us. We encourage our community to participate in the public comment period for these rule changes. Together, we can shape the future of physical therapy in Washington state.

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