FL Statutes

The practice of physical therapy in Florida is governed by the Florida Practice Act and 64B-17 of the Florida Administrative Code.


Florida Practice Act

The statutes guiding the regulation of physical therapy practice are found on the Online Sunshine website: TITLE XXXII, Regulation of Professions and Occupations, Ch.486 – Physical Therapy Practice.

Chapter 486 - Physical Therapy Practice Act

Florida Administrative Code

A detailed explanation of the rules that govern physical therapy in Florida can be found at The Florida Department of State website in the Florida Administrative Register and Florida Administrative Code under Department of Health, Board of Physical Therapy Practice. This site includes history and is divided into individual sections.

Rule 64B-17 - Board of PT Rules

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(a) A physical therapist may implement a plan of treatment developed by the physical therapist for a patient or for a patient by a practitioner of record or by an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under s. 464.012.

A physical therapist shall refer the patient to or consult with a practitioner of record if the patient’s condition is found to be outside the scope of the physical therapy. If physical therapy treatment of a patient is required beyond (30) days for a condition not previously assessed by a practitioner of record, the physical therapist shall have a practitioner of record review and sign the plan.

The requirement that a physical therapist have a practitioner of record review and sign a plan of treatment does not apply when a patient has been physically examined by a physician licensed in another state, the patient has been diagnosed by the physician as having a condition for which the physical therapy is required, and the physical therapist is treating the condition.

For purposes of this paragraph a health care practitioner licensed under:

  • chapter 458 (Medical Doctors and Physician Assistants),
  • chapter 459 (Osteopathic Physicians),
  • chapter 460 (Chiropractors),
  • chapter 461 (Podiatrists),
  • chapter 466 (Dentistry)

Florida Statutes – Chapter 486.021 (11) (a)

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