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49 Pa. Code § 40.1. Definitions.


§ 40.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   APTA—The American Physical Therapy Association.

   Act—The Physical Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  1301—1313).

   Board—The State Board of Physical Therapy.

   CAPTE—The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

   Contact hour—A unit of measure equaling 60 minutes of participation in an approved continuing education course or program. For courses taken through an academic institution, a semester credit is equal to 15 contact hours.

   Direct on-premises supervision—The physical presence of a licensed physical therapist in the facility, including affiliated buildings in immediate proximity, who is immediately available to exercise supervision, direction and control.

   FSBPT—The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

   Physical therapist—A person licensed under the act and this chapter to provide physical therapy services without restriction in this Commonwealth.

   Supportive personnel—Persons other than physical therapist assistants who aid and assist a physical therapist but whose activities do not require the formal education or knowledge of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. The term does not include secretarial, administrative and other personnel who are not involved in direct patient care.


   The provisions of this §  40.1 issued under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  186); and section 3 of the Physical Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. §  1303); and amended under sections 3(a), 5, 6(d.1), 8(b), 9.1, 9.2, 10 and 11(a)(6) of the Physical Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  1303(a), 1305, 1306(d.1), 1308(b), 1309.1, 1309.2, 1310 and 1311(a)(6)); section 812.1 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  279.3a); and section 16 of the act of July 4, 2008 (P. L. 293, No. 38).


   The provisions of this §  40.1 adopted July 29, 1977, effective July 30, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 2138; amended October 4, 1985, effective October 5, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 3513; amended July 24, 1992, effective July 25, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 3872; amended August 27, 2004, effective August 28, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 4697; amended December 21, 2012, effective December 22, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 7652. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (305572) to (305573).

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