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The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
The State Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy was established to assure the citizens of the State of Maine of the highest standards of practice of physical therapy.
The primary responsibilities of the Board are to conduct examinations of candidates for licensure to practice physical therapy, to verify credentials of applicants, to license and renew upon documentation of continuing education activities, to conduct hearings and investigations upon receipt of complaints pertaining to physical therapy.
Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4390. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.
Are You a Mandated Reporter?
Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious incapacitated or dependent adult death has occurred.
Future correspondence from the Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.
POLICY ON VETERANS PREFERENCE
New Laws Take Effect September 19, 2019
Public Law Chapter 503, Part C (LD 1746) - Physical Therapy Board
Brief Synopsis: Repeals the character reference requirement for initial licensing
Public Law Chapter 503, Part A (LD 1746)
Brief Summary: Expands grounds for discipline to include failure to provide to a patient, upon written request, a copy of that patient's treatment records within a reasonable amount of time as may be determined by the applicable board.
Public Law Chapter 80 - Effective May 26, 2017 (PDF) - An Act To Allow a Physical Therapist To Administer Certain Coagulation Tests in a Patient's Home
Current Important Notices/Reminders
Dry Needling by a Licensed Physical Therapist
- Recommended Guideline for the Practice of Dry Needling by Licensed Physical Therapist (PDF)
- Report on Dry Needling and Continuing Education Requirements - Accepted by the Board 1/12/2018 (PDF)
- Maine Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy Advisory Ruling on Dry Needling effective - June 17, 2016 (PDF)