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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Law Review and Case Studies

Lecture Name

Law Review and Case Studies     $59.90

This lecture is part of the following course:
A Practical Approach to California PT Law, 2019


Up-to-date for 2019, this two-hour course reviews the laws and regulations every physical therapist should know for the state of California. The course meets the continuing competency requirement for ethics, laws and regulations for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of California.

Part I is designed to provide a practicing knowledge of the laws governing physical therapy. At the end of the section, the therapist will be able to apply the legal standards to common clinical situations. Part II prompts analysis and discussion of how to apply PT law to the practice of physical therapy in the state of California. After a brief discussion of how complaints are filed in California, the lecture presents three different case studies of complaints brought by or against PTs, and invites students to consider whether each complaint is valid under California state law.

Contact Hours: 2.00


Difficulty: Intermediate


To assess clinical behavior and determine the legal and ethical practice of physical therapy.

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify how an idea becomes a law.
  2. Identify the composition of the PT Board of California.
  3. Define direct access in California.
  4. Describe the requirements for clinical supervision of PT aides and PT assistants.
  5. Describe the clinical supervision of foreign trained therapists.
  6. Describe the clinical supervision of students.
  7. Describe the process of licensure suspension, revocation and reinstatement.
  8. Define a professional corporation as per the PT Practice Act.
  9. Describe the Knox-Moscone Professional Corporations Act.
  10. Describe the requirements for a physical therapist to practice Kinesiological and Electroneuromyography EMG.
  11. Describe the regulations surrounding the application of topical medications by physical therapists.
  12. Understand the complaint process through the Physical Therapy Board of California.
  13. Within case examples, assess:
    1. Evidence, including testimony, medical records and statements made by the complainant;
    2. Which legal standards apply;
    3. Legality of the behavior and suggest remedies.
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