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

1. CR-101 Document for Physical Therapy Licensing Updates

We’ve published a CR-101 document that outlines the initial steps in updating physical therapy licensing rules. This crucial document lays the groundwork for public input and future modifications to enhance our regulatory approach. See the CR-101 document (PDF)

2. Health Equity Education Requirement

Introducing a mandatory health equity education requirement for physical therapists and assistants to address health disparities and promote inclusivity within healthcare practices. Learn more about the requirements (PDF)

3. Intramuscular Needling Endorsement Standards

The Department of Health and the Board of Physical Therapy are proposing amendments to WAC 246-915 to implement the intramuscular needling endorsement. See the intramuscular needling endorsement section on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage

Key Proposal Points:

  • Clarify training and education requirements
  • Establish an application process to apply for the endorsement.
  • Set a fee for the endorsement.
  • Update definitions related to the endorsement.

For more details and to share feedback, see the Proposed Standards (PDF). Public comments will be accepted until April 15, 2024.

4. Physical Therapy Licensure Compact-Compact Compliance

To facilitate professional mobility and enhance patient care, we’re updating our rules to comply with the latest version of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, making interstate practice simpler for Washington’s physical therapists and assistants. Learn about 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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