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

Updating License and Endorsement Requirements

The Board of Physical Therapy is considering changes to several rules. These changes are about the requirements for getting a physical therapy or physical therapy assistant license or license endorsement. They’re based on another new law, HB 1724 (PDF). The board is also considering other updates to the application process, including the requirement for a jurisprudence exam. WSR 23-24-101 (PDF)

Rules We’ve Completed

Intramuscular Needling Endorsement Update

The Board of Physical Therapy and the Department of Health have completed rulemaking to establish the intramuscular needling endorsement. These changes, effective June 22, 2024, clarify the application process, education and training requirements, and establish a fee for the endorsement. The application to apply for the intramuscular needling endorsement will be posted to our website starting July 1, 2024. WSR 24-11-160 (PDF).

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Rule

The Board of Physical Therapy has adopted an updated rule, which is effective immediately. This rule updates the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact effective date, aligning it with the latest compact commission rules as of June 27, 2023, and updates a web address. These changes are in compliance with RCW 18.74.500 Article IX(2) and are required for physical therapists in Washington state to participate in the compact. WSR 24-11-116 (PDF).

Health Equity Continuing Education Rules

The Board of Physical Therapy has updated the rules about continuing education. We’ve added two hours of health equity education every two-year cycle to the existing requirements. These changes are based on a new law, SB 5229 (PDF). Learn more about the new health equity training and find free courses on our website. WSR 23-21-075 (PDF)

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