Temporary License Requirements/Availability
No mention of temporary license availability. Must have a license to practice.
36-10-24. Unauthorized conduct or use of a title is a misdemeanor. For those who are not licensed as a physical therapist or certified as a physical therapist assistant under this chapter or whose license or certification has been suspended or revoked or whose license or Unless exempted under this Chapter or using words or letters associated with their name R.P.T. Registered Physiotherapist L.P.T. Licensed Physiotherapist Physiotherapist or Physiotherapist or C.P.T.A. Certified Physical Therapist Assistant or any other letter, writing, or insignia that indicates or implies that they are a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.
Requirements for License
36-10-27. License application-fee-certification of qualifications. Persons desiring to practice physical therapy in South Dakota should submit a written application to the Board of Examiners on a form provided by the Board and pay the application fee not Over sixty dollars. Applicants shall present evidence, to the satisfaction of the Committee, that the applicant has graduated from a physical therapy program accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Higher Education Accreditation Council certified. If the applicant graduated from a physical therapy program not accredited by such accrediting agency, the applicant shall show evidence to the satisfaction of the Board that:
(1) The applicant has completed a course of professional instruction equivalent to an accredited course recognized by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; and
(2) Applicants who have scored at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test or a passing score on a board-approved nationally recognized comparative test, or have completed two years of secondary school or Higher education at any educational institution where instruction is taught in English.
36-10-30. Licensure for applicants registered with the American Registry of Physical Therapists or who have passed a national examination. The Examining Board may, in its sole discretion, issue licensure without review to any applicant registered with the American Registry of Physical Therapists or Have passed a national examination recognized by the Board with results acceptable to the Board. The applicant shall produce evidence to the satisfaction of the Committee that he is of good moral character and the evidence of qualifications required by the Committee.
36-10-35.8. Supervision time limit – Assistant registration – Termination notice – Responsibility delegation. A physical therapist may not supervise more than two physical therapist assistants at any one time. Supervising physical therapists should be registered with the board Check the name and address of each physical therapist assistant that the physical therapist supervises. Registration shall be submitted on a form provided by the Board of Directors at least fifteen days prior to the date on which supervision begins. supervising physics The therapist shall notify the Board in writing of the termination of supervision of the physical therapist assistant within ten days of termination. The supervising physical therapist may delegate the responsibility of supervising the physical therapist assistant to another physical therapist The period shall not exceed thirty days.
36-10-35.9. regulatory standards. When supervising a physical therapist assistant’s care of a patient in any setting, the supervising physical therapist shall adhere to the following standards of supervision:
(1) When a physical therapist assistant is treating a patient, the supervising physical therapist shall at all times be available in person or by telephone to the physical therapist assistant;
(2) The initial visit should be with a competent physical therapist to assess the patient and develop a plan of care;
(3) The supervising physical therapist and physical therapist assistant shall conduct a joint visit when the first physical therapist assistant visits the patient;
(4) At least one of every five physical therapist assistant visits shall have a co-visit or supervise therapy provided by the physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants should be supervised by a supervisory physical therapist at least every thirty calendar days sky. Every 5 physical therapist assistant visits or every 30 days, whichever comes first, a recorded meeting should be held with the physical therapist assistant outlining current treatment goals and program modifications. Supervising physical therapist should develop final plan Access to terminate a care plan;
(5) Each visit to a supervised physical therapist shall include:
(a) a comprehensive assessment of the patient;
(b) review the plan of care and modify or terminate it as appropriate;
(c) Evaluation and recommendations on the use of external resources.
Physical Therapy Students
Physiotherapy students are not mentioned in the Practice Act.
The practice law does not mention continuing competence, only how to renew your license.
36-10-33. Expiration and Annual Renewal of License – Fees – Forfeiture and Restoration. Any license issued by the Board under this chapter expires on January 1 of the year following the year in which it is issued. Licenses can be paid at Annual fees imposed by the Board of Directors pursuant to rules promulgated Chapters 1-26 shall not exceed $50. Licensee’s failure to renew the license on or before July 1 of each year will result in forfeiture of the license. However, any person whose license is forfeited under the following provisions The chapter can apply in writing to restore the license and pay the renewal fee for the current year.
Is the Act restrictive? Why/why not?
Overall, the bill appears to be non-restrictive. The bill doesn’t have much depth as some important information is missing. However, the PTA’s supervision and eligibility guidelines are very specific and straightforward (see above). The bill also details the offenses and penalties and denial of permission.
Is there anything unusual about this movement?
This behavior is somewhat unusual due to the lack of content. The information contained in the bill is very in-depth, but the bill makes no mention of continuing education or supervision topics for physical therapy students. Interestingly, this state does not require any Continuing education to maintain licensure.
The bill is unusually focused on the PTA’s eligibility and oversight guidelines. Most practical acts contain information on this issue.
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South Dakota Legislature: South Dakota Codified Laws. [Internet]. 2012. [cited 2012 April 24th]. Available from:http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=36-10&Type=StatuteChapter.