36-10-17.1 Physical Therapist Licensure Compact.
36-10-18.1 Physical therapy defined.
36-10-18.2 Supervision defined.
36-10-19 Physical therapy advisory committee--Appointment--Terms--Duties.
36-10-21 Qualifications of committee members.
36-10-24 Unlicensed practice or use of title as misdemeanor.
36-10-25 Other licensed practitioners exempt from chapter.
36-10-26 Prior licensees deemed licensed.
36-10-27 Application for license--Fee--Evidence of qualifications.
36-10-27.1 Criminal Background Investigation--Licensure.
36-10-29 Issuance of license as physical therapist.
36-10-30 Licensing of applicant registered by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy or who has passed national examination.
36-10-31 Licensure by reciprocity--Qualifications.
36-10-32 Application for licensure by reciprocity--Evidence of qualifications--Fee.
36-10-33 Expiration and annual renewal of license--Fee--Forfeiture.
36-10-35.1 Application for licensure as physical therapist assistant--Fee--Qualifications.
36-10-35.2 Issuance of license as physical therapist assistant--Expiration and renewal.
36-10-35.7 Approved tasks for physical therapist assistant--Exclusions.
36-10-35.8 Limitation of supervision--Registration of assistants--Notification of termination--Delegation of responsibility.
36-10-35.9 Standards of supervision.
36-10-36 Promulgation of rules.
36-10-38 Grounds for refusal of license.
36-10-39 Grounds for cancellation, revocation, or suspension of license.
36-10-40 Unprofessional or dishonorable conduct--Activities included--No basis for criminal prosecution.
36-10-41 Initiation of proceedings for cancellation, revocation, or suspension of license.
36-10-43 Quorum at hearing on cancellation, revocation or suspension.
36-10-44 Procedure on cancellation, revocation or suspension.
36-10-45 Majority vote required to suspend, revoke or cancel license.
36-10-46 Appeal from board decision on refusal, revocation, or suspension.
36-10-47 Reinstatement of suspended or revoked license.
36-10-48 Injunction against violations--Election of remedies.
36-10-49 Investigation of violations--Employment of counsel to assist in prosecution.
36-10-50 Prior license accepted.
36-10-51 Continuing education.
36-10-52 Dry needling.
36-10-1 to 36-10-17. Repealed by SL 1972, ch 205, § 31.
36-10-17.1 . Physical Therapist Licensure Compact.
The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact is enacted into law and entered into with all other jurisdictions that legally join the compact, which is substantially as follows:
PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT
SECTION 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of this Compact is to facilitate interstate practice of physical therapy with the goal of improving public access to physical therapy services. The practice of physical therapy occurs in the state where the patient/client is located at the time of the patient/client encounter. The Compact preserves the regulatory authority of states to protect public health and safety through the current system of state licensure.
This Compact is designed to achieve the following objectives:
1. Increase public access to physical therapy services by providing for the mutual recognition of other member state licenses;
2. Enhance the states’ ability to protect the public’s health and safety;
3. Encourage the cooperation of member states in regulating multi-state physical therapy practice;
4. Support spouses of relocating military members;
5. Enhance the exchange of licensure, investigative, and disciplinary information between member states; and
6. Allow a remote state to hold a provider of services with a compact privilege in that state accountable to that state’s practice standards.
SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS
As used in this Compact, and except as otherwise provided, the following definitions shall apply:
1. "Active Duty Military" means full-time duty status in the active uniformed service of the United States, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 U.S.C. Section 1209 and 1211.
2. "Adverse Action" means disciplinary action taken by a physical therapy licensing board based upon misconduct, unacceptable performance, or a combination of both.
3. "Alternative Program" means a non-disciplinary monitoring or practice remediation process approved by a physical therapy licensing board. This includes, but is not limited to, substance abuse issues.
4. "Compact privilege" means the authorization granted by a remote state to allow a licensee from another member state to practice as a physical therapist or work as a physical therapist assistant in the remote state under its laws and rules. The practice of physical therapy occurs in the member state where the patient/client is located at the time of the patient/client encounter.
5. "Continuing competence" means a requirement, as a condition of license renewal, to provide evidence of participation in, and/or completion of, educational and professional activities relevant to practice or area of work.
6. "Data system" means a repository of information about licensees, including examination, licensure, investigative, compact privilege, and adverse action.
7. "Encumbered license" means a license that a physical therapy licensing board has limited in any way.
8. "Executive Board" means a group of directors elected or appointed to act on behalf of, and within the powers granted to them by, the Commission.
9. "Home state" means the member state that is the licensee's primary state of residence.
10. "Investigative information" means information, records, and documents received or generated by a physical therapy licensing board pursuant to an investigation.
11. "Jurisprudence Requirement" means the assessment of an individual's knowledge of the laws and rules governing the practice of physical therapy in a state.
12. "Licensee" means an individual who currently holds an authorization from the state to practice as a physical therapist or to work as a physical therapist assistant.
13. "Member state" means a state that has enacted the Compact.
14. "Party state" means any member state in which a licensee holds a current license or compact privilege or is applying for a license or compact privilege.
15. "Physical therapist" means an individual who is licensed by a state to practice physical therapy.
16. "Physical therapist assistant" means an individual who is licensed/certified by a state and who assists the physical therapist in selected components of physical therapy.
17. "Physical therapy," "physical therapy practice," and "the practice of physical therapy" mean the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
18. "Physical Therapy Compact Commission" or "Commission" means the national administrative body whose membership consists of all states that have enacted the Compact.
19. "Physical therapy licensing board" or "licensing board" means the agency of a state that is responsible for the licensing and regulation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
20. "Remote State" means a member state other than the home state, where a licensee is exercising or seeking to exercise the compact privilege.
21. "Rule" means a regulation, principle, or directive promulgated by the Commission that has the force of law.
22. "State" means any state, commonwealth, district, or territory of the United States of America that regulates the practice of physical therapy.
SECTION 3. STATE PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPACT
A. To participate in the Compact, a state must:
1. Participate fully in the Commission’s data system, including using the Commission’s unique identifier as defined in rules;
2. Have a mechanism in place for receiving and investigating complaints about licensees;
3. Notify the Commission, in compliance with the terms of the Compact and rules, of any adverse action or the availability of investigative information regarding a licensee;
4. Fully implement a criminal background check requirement, within a time frame established by rule, by receiving the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation record search on criminal background checks and use the results in making licensure decisions in accordance with Section 3.B.;
5. Comply with the rules of the Commission;
6. Utilize a recognized national examination as a requirement for licensure pursuant to the rules of the Commission; and
7. Have continuing competence requirements as a condition for license renewal.
B. Upon adoption of this statute, the member state shall have the authority to obtain biometric-based information from each physical therapy licensure applicant and submit this information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §534 and 42 U.S.C. §14616.
C. A member state shall grant the compact privilege to a licensee holding a valid unencumbered license in another member state in accordance with the terms of the Compact and rules.
D. Member states may charge a fee for granting a compact privilege.
SECTION 4. COMPACT PRIVILEGE
A. To exercise the compact privilege under the terms and provisions of the Compact, the licensee shall:
1. Hold a license in the home state;
2. Have no encumbrance on any state license;
3. Be eligible for a compact privilege in any member state in accordance with Section 4D, G and H;
4. Have not had any adverse action against any license or compact privilege within the previous 2 years;
5. Notify the Commission that the licensee is seeking the compact privilege within a remote state(s);
6. Pay any applicable fees, including any state fee, for the compact privilege;
7. Meet any jurisprudence requirements established by the remote state(s) in which the licensee is seeking a compact privilege; and
8. Report to the Commission adverse action taken by any non-member state within 30 days from the date the adverse action is taken.
B. The compact privilege is valid until the expiration date of the home license. The licensee must comply with the requirements of Section 4.A. to maintain the compact privilege in the remote state.
C. A licensee providing physical therapy in a remote state under the compact privilege shall function within the laws and regulations of the remote state.
D. A licensee providing physical therapy in a remote state is subject to that state’s regulatory authority. A remote state may, in accordance with due process and that state’s laws, remove a licensee’s compact privilege in the remote state for a specific period of time, impose fines, and/or take any other necessary actions to protect the health and safety of its citizens. The licensee is not eligible for a compact privilege in any state until the specific time for removal has passed and all fines are paid.
E. If a home state license is encumbered, the licensee shall lose the compact privilege in any remote state until the following occur:
1. The home state license is no longer encumbered; and
2. Two years have elapsed from the date of the adverse action.
F. Once an encumbered license in the home state is restored to good standing, the licensee must meet the requirements of Section 4A to obtain a compact privilege in any remote state.
G. If a licensee’s compact privilege in any remote state is removed, the individual shall lose the compact privilege in any remote state until the following occur:
1. The specific period of time for which the compact privilege was removed has ended;
2. All fines have been paid; and
3. Two years have elapsed from the date of the adverse action.
H. Once the requirements of Section 4G have been met, the license must meet the requirements in Section 4A to obtain a compact privilege in a remote state.
SECTION 5. ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL OR THEIR SPOUSES
A licensee who is active duty military or is the spouse of an individual who is active duty military may designate one of the following as the home state:
1. Home of record;
2. Permanent Change of Station (PCS); or
3. State of current residence if it is different than the PCS state or home of record.
SECTION 6. ADVERSE ACTIONS
A. A home state shall have exclusive power to impose adverse action against a license issued by the home state.
B. A home state may take adverse action based on the investigative information of a remote state, so long as the home state follows its own procedures for imposing adverse action.
C. Nothing in this Compact shall override a member state’s decision that participation in an alternative program may be used in lieu of adverse action and that such participation shall remain non-public if required by the member state’s laws. Member states must require licensees who enter any alternative programs in lieu of discipline to agree not to practice in any other member state during the term of the alternative program without prior authorization from such other member state.
D. Any member state may investigate actual or alleged violations of the statutes and rules authorizing the practice of physical therapy in any other member state in which a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant holds a license or compact privilege.
E. A remote state shall have the authority to:
1. Take adverse actions as set forth in Section 4.D. against a licensee’s compact privilege in the state;
2. Issue subpoenas for both hearings and investigations that require the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the production of evidence. Subpoenas issued by a physical therapy licensing board in a party state for the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and/or the production of evidence from another party state, shall be enforced in the latter state by any court of competent jurisdiction, according to the practice and procedure of that court applicable to subpoenas issued in proceedings pending before it. The issuing authority shall pay any witness fees, travel expenses, mileage, and other fees required by the service statutes of the state where the witnesses and/or evidence are located; and
3. If otherwise permitted by state law, recover from the licensee the costs of investigations and disposition of cases resulting from any adverse action taken against that licensee.
F. Joint Investigations
1. In addition to the authority granted to a member state by its respective physical therapy practice act or other applicable state law, a member state may participate with other member states in joint investigations of licensees.
2. Member states shall share any investigative, litigation, or compliance materials in furtherance of any joint or individual investigation initiated under the Compact.
SECTION 7. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PHYSICAL THERAPY COMPACT COMMISSION.
A. The Compact member states hereby create and establish a joint public agency known as the Physical Therapy Compact Commission:
1. The Commission is an instrumentality of the Compact states.
2. Venue is proper and judicial proceedings by or against the Commission shall be brought solely and exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction where the principal office of the Commission is located. The Commission may waive venue and jurisdictional defenses to the extent it adopts or consents to participate in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
3. Nothing in this Compact shall be construed to be a waiver of sovereign immunity.
B. Membership, Voting, and Meetings
1. Each member state shall have and be limited to one (1) delegate selected by that member state’s licensing board.
2. The delegate shall be a current member of the licensing board, who is a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, public member, or the board administrator.
3. Any delegate may be removed or suspended from office as provided by the law of the state from which the delegate is appointed.
4. The member state board shall fill any vacancy occurring in the Commission.
5. Each delegate shall be entitled to one (1) vote with regard to the promulgation of rules and creation of bylaws and shall otherwise have an opportunity to participate in the business and affairs of the Commission.
6. A delegate shall vote in person or by such other means as provided in the bylaws. The bylaws may provide for delegates’ participation in meetings by telephone or other means of communication.
7. The Commission shall meet at least once during each calendar year. Additional meetings shall be held as set forth in the bylaws.
C. The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
1. Establish the fiscal year of the Commission;
2. Establish bylaws;
3. Maintain its financial records in accordance with the bylaws;
4. Meet and take such actions as are consistent with the provisions of this Compact and the bylaws;
5. Promulgate uniform rules to facilitate and coordinate implementation and administration of this Compact. The rules shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding in all member states;
6. Bring and prosecute legal proceedings or actions in the name of the Commission, provided that the standing of any state physical therapy licensing board to sue or be sued under applicable law shall not be affected;
7. Purchase and maintain insurance and bonds;
8. Borrow, accept, or contract for services of personnel, including, but not limited to, employees of a member state;
9. Hire employees, elect or appoint officers, fix compensation, define duties, grant such individuals appropriate authority to carry out the purposes of the Compact, and to establish the Commission’s personnel policies and programs relating to conflicts of interest, qualifications of personnel, and other related personnel matters;
10. Accept any and all appropriate donations and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services, and to receive, utilize and dispose of the same; provided that at all times the Commission shall avoid any appearance of impropriety and/or conflict of interest;
11. Lease, purchase, accept appropriate gifts or donations of, or otherwise to own, hold, improve or use, any property, real, personal or mixed; provided that at all times the Commission shall avoid any appearance of impropriety;
12. Sell convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, abandon, or otherwise dispose of any property real, personal, or mixed;
13. Establish a budget and make expenditures;
14. Borrow money;
15. Appoint committees, including standing committees composed of members, state regulators, state legislators or their representatives, and consumer representatives, and such other interested persons as may be designated in this Compact and the bylaws;
16. Provide and receive information from, and cooperate with, law enforcement agencies;
17. Establish and elect an Executive Board; and
18. Perform such other functions as may be necessary or appropriate to achieve the purposes of this Compact consistent with the state regulation of physical therapy licensure and practice.
D. The Executive Board
The Executive Board shall have the power to act on behalf of the Commission according to the terms of this Compact.
1. The Executive Board shall be composed of nine members:
a. Seven voting members who are elected by the Commission from the current membership of the Commission;
b. One ex-officio, nonvoting member from the recognized national physical therapy professional association; and
c. One ex-officio, nonvoting member from the recognized membership organization of the physical therapy licensing boards.
2. The ex-officio members will be selected by their respective organizations.
3. The Commission may remove any member of the Executive Board as provided in bylaws.
4. The Executive Board shall meet at least annually.
5. The Executive Board shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
a. Recommend to the entire Commission changes to the rules or bylaws, changes to this Compact legislation, fees paid by Compact member states such as annual dues, and any commission Compact fee charged to licensees for the compact privilege;
b. Ensure Compact administration services are appropriately provided, contractual or otherwise;
c. Prepare and recommend the budget;
d. Maintain financial records on behalf of the Commission;
e. Monitor Compact compliance of member states and provide compliance reports to the Commission;
f. Establish additional committees as necessary; and
g. Other duties as provided in rules or bylaws.
E. Meetings of the Commission
1. All meetings shall be open to the public, and public notice of meetings shall be given in the same manner as required under the rulemaking provisions in Section 9.
2. The Commission or the Executive Board or other committees of the Commission may convene in a closed, non-public meeting if the Commission or Executive Board or other committees of the Commission must discuss:
a. Non-compliance of a member state with its obligations under the Compact;
b. The employment, compensation, discipline or other matters, practices or procedures related to specific employees or other matters related to the Commission’s internal personnel practices and procedures;
c. Current, threatened, or reasonably anticipated litigation;
d. Negotiation of contracts for the purchase, lease, or sale of goods, services, or real estate;
e. Accusing any person of a crime or formally censuring any person;
f. Disclosure of trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential;
g. Disclosure of information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
h. Disclosure of investigative records compiled for law enforcement purposes;
i. Disclosure of information related to any investigative reports prepared by or on behalf of or for use of the Commission or other committee charged with responsibility of investigation or determination of compliance issues pursuant to the Compact; or
j. Matters specifically exempted from disclosure by federal or member state statute.
3. If a meeting, or portion of a meeting, is closed pursuant to this provision, the Commission’s legal counsel or designee shall certify that the meeting may be closed and shall reference each relevant exempting provision.
4. The Commission shall keep minutes that fully and clearly describe all matters discussed in a meeting and shall provide a full and accurate summary of actions taken, and the reasons therefor, including a description of the views expressed. All documents considered in connection with an action shall be identified in such minutes. All minutes and documents of a closed meeting shall remain under seal, subject to release by a majority vote of the Commission or order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
F. Financing of the Commission
1. The Commission shall pay, or provide for the payment of, the reasonable expenses of its establishment, organization, and ongoing activities.
2. The Commission may accept any and all appropriate revenue sources, donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services.
3. The Commission may levy on and collect an annual assessment from each member state or impose fees on other parties to cover the cost of the operations and activities of the Commission and its staff, which must be in a total amount sufficient to cover its annual budget as approved each year for which revenue is not provided by other sources. The aggregate annual assessment amount shall be allocated based upon a formula to be determined by the Commission, which shall promulgate a rule binding upon all member states.
4. The Commission shall not incur obligations of any kind prior to securing the funds adequate to meet the same; nor shall the Commission pledge the credit of any of the member states, except by and with the authority of the member state.
5. The Commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements. The receipts and disbursements of the Commission shall be subject to the audit and accounting procedures established under its bylaws. However, all receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the Commission shall be audited yearly by a certified or licensed public accountant, and the report of the audit shall be included in and become part of the annual report of the Commission.
G. Qualified Immunity, Defense, and Indemnification
1. The members, officers, executive director, employees and representatives of the Commission shall be immune from suit and liability, either personally or in their official capacity, for any claim for damage to or loss of property or personal injury or other civil liability caused by or arising out of any actual or alleged act, error or omission that occurred, or that the person against whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties or responsibilities; provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to protect any such person from suit and/or liability for any damage, loss, injury, or liability caused by the intentional or willful or wanton misconduct of that person.
2. The Commission shall defend any member, officer, executive director, employee or representative of the Commission in any civil action seeking to impose liability arising out of any actual or alleged act, error, or omission that occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, or that the person against whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties, or responsibilities; provided that nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit that person from retaining his or her own counsel; and provided further, that the actual or alleged act, error, or omission did not result from that person’s intentional or willful or wanton misconduct.
3. The Commission shall indemnify and hold harmless any member, officer, executive director, employee, or representative of the Commission for the amount of any settlement or judgment obtained against that person arising out of any actual or alleged act, error or omission that occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, or that such person had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, provided that the actual or alleged act, error, or omission did not result from the intentional or willful or wanton misconduct of that person.
SECTION 8. DATA SYSTEM
A. The Commission shall provide for the development, maintenance, and utilization of a coordinated database and reporting system containing licensure, adverse action, and investigative information on all licensed individuals in member states.
B. Notwithstanding any other provision of state law to the contrary, a member state shall submit a uniform data set to the data system on all individuals to whom this Compact is applicable as required by the rules of the Commission, including:
1. Identifying information;
2. Licensure data;
3. Adverse actions against a license or compact privilege;
4. Non-confidential information related to alternative program participation;
5. Any denial of application for licensure, and the reason(s) for such denial; and
6. Other information that may facilitate the administration of this Compact, as determined by the rules of the Commission.
C. Investigative information pertaining to a licensee in any member state will only be available to other party states.
D. The Commission shall promptly notify all member states of any adverse action taken against a licensee or an individual applying for a license. Adverse action information pertaining to a licensee in any member state will be available to any other member state.
E. Member states contributing information to the data system may designate information that may not be shared with the public without the express permission of the contributing state.
F. Any information submitted to the data system that is subsequently required to be expunged by the laws of the member state contributing the information shall be removed from the data system.
SECTION 9. RULEMAKING
A. The Commission shall exercise its rulemaking powers pursuant to the criteria set forth in this Section and the rules adopted thereunder. Rules and amendments shall become binding as of the date specified in each rule or amendment.
B. If a majority of the legislatures of the member states rejects a rule, by enactment of a statute or resolution in the same manner used to adopt the Compact within 4 years of the date of adoption of the rule, then such rule shall have no further force and effect in any member state.
C. Rules or amendments to the rules shall be adopted at a regular or special meeting of the Commission.
D. Prior to promulgation and adoption of a final rule or rules by the Commission, and at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting at which the rule will be considered and voted upon, the Commission shall file a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
1. On the website of the Commission or other publicly accessible platform; and
2. On the website of each member state physical therapy licensing board or other publicly accessible platform or the publication in which each state would otherwise publish proposed rules.
E. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking shall include:
1. The proposed time, date, and location of the meeting in which the rule will be considered and voted upon;
2. The text of the proposed rule or amendment and the reason for the proposed rule;
3. A request for comments on the proposed rule from any interested person; and
4. The manner in which interested persons may submit notice to the Commission of their intention to attend the public hearing and any written comments.
F. Prior to adoption of a proposed rule, the Commission shall allow persons to submit written data, facts, opinions, and arguments, which shall be made available to the public.
G. The Commission shall grant an opportunity for a public hearing before it adopts a rule or amendment if a hearing is requested by:
1. At least twenty-five (25) persons;
2. A state or federal governmental subdivision or agency; or
3. An association having at least twenty-five (25) members.
H. If a hearing is held on the proposed rule or amendment, the Commission shall publish the place, time, and date of the scheduled public hearing. If the hearing is held via electronic means, the Commission shall publish the mechanism for access to the electronic hearing.
1. All persons wishing to be heard at the hearing shall notify the executive director of the Commission or other designated member in writing of their desire to appear and testify at the hearing not less than five (5) business days before the scheduled date of the hearing.
2. Hearings shall be conducted in a manner providing each person who wishes to comment a fair and reasonable opportunity to comment orally or in writing.
3. All hearings will be recorded. A copy of the recording will be made available on request.
4. Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring a separate hearing on each rule. Rules may be grouped for the convenience of the Commission at hearings required by this section.
I. Following the scheduled hearing date, or by the close of business on the scheduled hearing date if the hearing was not held, the Commission shall consider all written and oral comments received.
J. If no written notice of intent to attend the public hearing by interested parties is received, the Commission may proceed with promulgation of the proposed rule without a public hearing.
K. The Commission shall, by majority vote of all members, take final action on the proposed rule and shall determine the effective date of the rule, if any, based on the rulemaking record and the full text of the rule.
L. Upon determination that an emergency exists, the Commission may consider and adopt an emergency rule without prior notice, opportunity for comment, or hearing, provided that the usual rulemaking procedures provided in the Compact and in this section shall be retroactively applied to the rule as soon as reasonably possible, in no event later than ninety (90) days after the effective date of the rule. For the purposes of this provision, an emergency rule is one that must be adopted immediately in order to:
1. Meet an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare;
2. Prevent a loss of Commission or member state funds;
3. Meet a deadline for the promulgation of an administrative rule that is established by federal law or rule; or
4. Protect public health and safety.
M. The Commission or an authorized committee of the Commission may direct revisions to a previously adopted rule or amendment for purposes of correcting typographical errors, errors in format, errors in consistency, or grammatical errors. Public notice of any revisions shall be posted on the website of the Commission. The revision shall be subject to challenge by any person for a period of thirty (30) days after posting. The revision may be challenged only on grounds that the revision results in a material change to a rule. A challenge shall be made in writing and delivered to the chair of the Commission prior to the end of the notice period. If no challenge is made, the revision will take effect without further action. If the revision is challenged, the revision may not take effect without the approval of the Commission.
SECTION 10. OVERSIGHT, DISPUTE RESOLUTION, AND ENFORCEMENT
1. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government in each member state shall enforce this Compact and take all actions necessary and appropriate to effectuate the Compact’s purposes and intent. The provisions of this Compact and the rules promulgated hereunder shall have standing as statutory law.
2. All courts shall take judicial notice of the Compact and the rules in any judicial or administrative proceeding in a member state pertaining to the subject matter of this Compact which may affect the powers, responsibilities or actions of the Commission.
3. The Commission shall be entitled to receive service of process in any such proceeding and shall have standing to intervene in such a proceeding for all purposes. Failure to provide service of process to the Commission shall render a judgment or order void as to the Commission, this Compact, or promulgated rules.
B. Default, Technical Assistance, and Termination
1. If the Commission determines that a member state has defaulted in the performance of its obligations or responsibilities under this Compact or the promulgated rules, the Commission shall:
a. Provide written notice to the defaulting state and other member states of the nature of the default, the proposed means of curing the default and/or any other action to be taken by the Commission; and
b. Provide remedial training and specific technical assistance regarding the default.
2. If a state in default fails to cure the default, the defaulting state may be terminated from the Compact upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the member states, and all rights, privileges and benefits conferred by this Compact may be terminated on the effective date of termination. A cure of the default does not relieve the offending state of obligations or liabilities incurred during the period of default.
3. Termination of membership in the Compact shall be imposed only after all other means of securing compliance have been exhausted. Notice of intent to suspend or terminate shall be given by the Commission to the governor, the majority and minority leaders of the defaulting state’s legislature, and each of the member states.
4. A state that has been terminated is responsible for all assessments, obligations, and liabilities incurred through the effective date of termination, including obligations that extend beyond the effective date of termination.
5. The Commission shall not bear any costs related to a state that is found to be in default or that has been terminated from the Compact, unless agreed upon in writing between the Commission and the defaulting state.
6. The defaulting state may appeal the action of the Commission by petitioning the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or the federal district where the Commission has its principal offices. The prevailing member shall be awarded all costs of such litigation, including reasonable attorney’s fees.
C. Dispute Resolution
1. Upon request by a member state, the Commission shall attempt to resolve disputes related to the Compact that arise among member states and between member and non-member states.
2. The Commission shall promulgate a rule providing for both mediation and binding dispute resolution for disputes as appropriate.
1. The Commission, in the reasonable exercise of its discretion, shall enforce the provisions and rules of this Compact.
2. By majority vote, the Commission may initiate legal action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the federal district where the Commission has its principal offices against a member state in default to enforce compliance with the provisions of the Compact and its promulgated rules and bylaws. The relief sought may include both injunctive relief and damages. In the event judicial enforcement is necessary, the prevailing member shall be awarded all costs of such litigation, including reasonable attorney’s fees.
3. The remedies herein shall not be the exclusive remedies of the Commission. The Commission may pursue any other remedies available under federal or state law.
SECTION 11. DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE AND ASSOCIATED RULES, WITHDRAWAL, AND AMENDMENT
A. The Compact shall come into effect on the date on which the Compact statute is enacted into law in the tenth member state. The provisions, which become effective at that time, shall be limited to the powers granted to the Commission relating to assembly and the promulgation of rules. Thereafter, the Commission shall meet and exercise rulemaking powers necessary to the implementation and administration of the Compact.
B. Any state that joins the Compact subsequent to the Commission’s initial adoption of the rules shall be subject to the rules as they exist on the date on which the Compact becomes law in that state. Any rule that has been previously adopted by the Commission shall have the full force and effect of law on the day the Compact becomes law in that state.
C. Any member state may withdraw from this Compact by enacting a statute repealing the same.
1. A member state’s withdrawal shall not take effect until six (6) months after enactment of the repealing statute.
2. Withdrawal shall not affect the continuing requirement of the withdrawing state’s physical therapy licensing board to comply with the investigative and adverse action reporting requirements of this act prior to the effective date of withdrawal.
D. Nothing contained in this Compact shall be construed to invalidate or prevent any physical therapy licensure agreement or other cooperative arrangement between a member state and a non-member state that does not conflict with the provisions of this Compact.
E. This Compact may be amended by the member states. No amendment to this Compact shall become effective and binding upon any member state until it is enacted into the laws of all member states.
SECTION 12. CONSTRUCTION AND SEVERABILITY
This Compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof. The provisions of this Compact shall be severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this Compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States or the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this Compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. If this Compact shall be held contrary to the constitution of any party state, the Compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining party states and in full force and effect as to the party state affected as to all severable matters.
Source: SL 2020, ch 157, § 1.
(1) "Board of Examiners," or "board," the South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners;
(2) "Physical therapist," a person who is licensed, or who has obtained a compact privilege, to practice physical therapy under this chapter;
(3) "Physical therapy," the practice of physical therapy as defined in § 36-10-18.1;
(4) "Physical therapist assistant," a person who is licensed, or who has obtained a compact privilege, to assist in providing physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist under this chapter;
(5) "Committee," the physical therapy advisory committee established in § 36-10-19.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 1; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A01; SDCL § 36-10-1; SL 1972, ch 205, § 1; SL 1978, ch 270, § 1; SL 1996, ch 231, § 1; SL 2017, ch 173, § 1; SL 2020, ch 157, § 3; SL 2022, ch 148, § 1.
36-10-18.1. Physical therapy defined.
For the purposes of §§ 36-10-18 through 36-10-52, the practice of physical therapy is the examination and evaluation of patients with mechanical, physiological, and developmental impairments, functional limitation, and disability or other similar conditions in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic intervention; alleviation of impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions that include therapeutic exercise, functional training in community or work reintegration, manual therapy techniques including soft tissue and joint mobilization, assistive and adaptive devices and equipment, bronchopulmonary hygiene, debridement and wound care, physical agents and mechanical modalities, therapeutic massage, electrotherapeutic modalities, and patient-related instruction; prevention of injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disability including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations; and consultation, education, and research.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 2; SL 2020, ch 157, § 4.
36-10-18.2. Supervision defined.
Supervision is the responsibility of the physical therapist to observe, direct, and review the work, records, and practice permitted by § 36-10-35.7 to ensure the patient, the physical therapist, and the physical therapist assistant that good and safe treatment is rendered.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 3.
36-10-19. Physical therapy advisory committee--Appointment--Terms--Duties.
The Board of Examiners shall appoint a physical therapy advisory committee, composed of three physical therapists to assist the board on all matters pertaining to the licensure, practice, and discipline of each person licensed to practice physical therapy in the state. The committee shall also make recommendations to the board on the promulgation of rules pertaining to physical therapy. Each committee member shall serve a term of three years. No member may serve more than three consecutive full terms. If a vacancy occurs, the board shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term. The appointment of a person to an unexpired term is not considered a full term. The committee shall meet at least annually or as necessary to conduct business. The committee shall meet the requirements of chapter 1-25 regarding open meetings.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 6; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A06; SDCL § 36-10-7; SL 1972, ch 205, § 6; SL 2005, ch 199, § 25; SL 2017, ch 173, § 2; SL 2020, ch 167, § 5.
36-10-20. Repealed by SL 2005, ch 199, § 26.
36-10-21. Qualifications of committee members.
Persons nominated to serve on such committee shall have the following qualifications:
(1) They must be residents of the State of South Dakota;
(2) They must be licensed to practice physical therapy in the State of South Dakota.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 8.
36-10-22. Repealed by SL 2005, ch 199, § 27.
36-10-24. Unlicensed practice or use of title as misdemeanor.
It is a Class 2 misdemeanor for any person not licensed under this chapter as a physical therapist or as a physical therapist assistant, or whose license has been suspended or revoked, or whose licensure has lapsed, to engage in the practice of physical therapy, unless exempt under the provisions of this chapter or, use in connection with their name the words or letters L.P.T., Licensed Physical Therapist; D.P.T., Doctor of Physical Therapy; L.P.T.A., Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant; Physical Therapist; Physio Therapist; or any other letters, words, or insignia indicating or implying that the person is a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 10; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.9956; SDCL § 36-10-2; SL 1972, ch 205, § 28; SL 1977, ch 190, § 159; SL 1978, ch 270, § 8; SL 1996, ch 231, § 4; SL 2017, ch 173, § 3.
36-10-25. Other licensed practitioners exempt from chapter.
Persons licensed under the provisions of this title, while practicing within the limits of their licensure, shall not be prohibited therefrom by the provisions of this chapter.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 10; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.9956; SDCL, § 36-10-3; SL 1972, ch 205, § 25.
36-10-26. Prior licensees deemed licensed.
Persons holding licenses to practice physical therapy in South Dakota on July 1, 1972 shall be deemed licensed under this chapter, and entitled to renew the same.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 11.
36-10-27. Application for license--Fee--Evidence of qualifications.
A person desiring to practice physical therapy in South Dakota shall file a written application with the Board of Examiners on forms provided by the board, together with an application fee, set by rule pursuant to chapter 1-26, not to exceed sixty dollars. The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant is of good moral character and has graduated from a physical therapy curriculum accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. If the applicant has graduated from a physical therapy curriculum that is not accredited by an accrediting body, the applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board that:
(1) The applicant has completed a course of professional instruction equivalent to an approved program accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation; and
(2) The applicant has achieved a score of at least five hundred fifty on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, or a passing score on a comparative nationally recognized examination approved by the board, or has completed two years of secondary or postsecondary education in any educational institution in which the instruction is conducted in English.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 3; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A03; SDCL § 36-10-4; SL 1972, ch 205, § 2; SL 1988, ch 300, § 1; SL 1996, ch 231, § 5; SL 2017, ch 173, § 4.
36-10-27.1 . Criminal Background Investigation--Licensure.
In addition to the requirements in § § 36-10-27 and 36-10-35.1 , an applicant for licensure shall submit to the board a full set of the applicant’s fingerprints in a form and manner prescribed by the board. The board shall deliver the fingerprints to the Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct a state and federal criminal history record background check by the division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The applicant shall sign a release of information to the board and pay any fees for the background check including fingerprinting. Upon completion of the background check, the division shall deliver to the board all criminal history record information regarding the applicant, and the board shall consider this information in determining whether to issue a license to the applicant. The board may not issue a license to the applicant before receiving this information. The board may not disseminate an applicant’s criminal history record information to any person outside the board. The board may require any licensee who is the subject of a disciplinary investigation by the board to submit to a state and federal criminal history record background check. The board may deny the issuance of a license or suspend or revoke a license for failure to submit to or cooperate with a criminal background check.
Source: SL 2020, ch 157, § 2.
36-10-28. Repealed by SL 2017, ch 173, § 5.
36-10-29. Issuance of license as physical therapist.
The board shall issue a license to each applicant who has passed a national examination recognized by the board with a grade acceptable to the board and who otherwise meets the qualifications for licensure under this chapter and the rules promulgated by the board.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 7; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A07; SDCL § 36-10-11; SL 1972, ch 205, § 4; SL 2017, ch 173, § 6.
36-10-30. Licensing of applicant registered by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy or who has passed national examination.
The Board of Examiners may in its discretion, without examination, issue a license to any applicant who:
(1) Is registered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; or
(2) Has passed a national examination recognized by the board with a grade acceptable to the board and meets the qualifications for licensure under this chapter and the rules promulgated by the board.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 5; SL 2017, ch 173, § 7.
36-10-31. Licensure by reciprocity--Qualifications.
The Board of Examiners may in its discretion without examination issue a license to any applicant holding a license or certificate issued to the applicant by a board empowered by law to issue licenses to practice physical therapy in the District of Columbia or any state or territory in the United States, if the requirements for licensure of physical therapists in the state or territory in which the applicant was licensed were, at the date of his licensing, substantially equal to the requirements set forth in this chapter.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 5; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A05; SDCL, § 36-10-9; SL 1972, ch 205, § 5.
36-10-32. Application for licensure by reciprocity--Evidence of qualifications--Fee.
Applications for licensure by reciprocity shall be on forms provided by the board, and such applicant shall provide evidence required by this chapter and the rules of the board. The fee which shall accompany the application, shall be a sum, set by rule, not to exceed sixty dollars.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 5; SL 1988, ch 300, § 3.
36-10-33. Expiration and annual renewal of license--Fee--Forfeiture.
Any license issued by the board, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, expires on the first day of January of the year next succeeding the issuance thereof. A license may be renewed upon the payment of an annual fee set by the board, by rule promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26, not exceeding the sum of fifty dollars. Failure of a licensee to renew the license on or before the first day of July of each year constitutes a forfeiture of the license.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 8; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A08; SDCL § 36-10-13; SL 1972, ch 205, § 14; SL 1988, ch 300, § 4; SL 1999, ch 190, § 3; SL 2008, ch 191, § 24; SL 2017, ch 173, § 8.
36-10-34. Repealed by SL 1986, ch 27, § 42.
36-10-35. Repealed by SL 1986, ch 308.
36-10-35.1. Application for licensure as physical therapist assistant--Fee--Qualifications.
A person desiring licensure as a physical therapist assistant shall file written application with the Board of Examiners, together with an application fee of not more than sixty dollars, to be established by rule promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26. The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board that:
(1) The applicant is a graduate of an accredited physical therapist assistant's education program recognized by the board; and
(2) The applicant has passed a written examination approved by the board which tests the applicant's knowledge on subjects relating to physical therapy.
Source: SL 1978, ch 270, § 6; SL 1988, ch 300, § 5; SL 1996, ch 231, § 6; SL 2017, ch 173, § 9.
36-10-35.2. Issuance of license as physical therapist assistant--Expiration and renewal.
The Board of Examiners shall issue a license to an applicant for licensure as a physical therapist assistant who fulfills the requirements set forth in § 36-10-35.1. The license shall expire and may be renewed in the same manner as provided in § 36-10-33 for the expiration and annual renewal of a license to practice physical therapy.
Source: SL 1978, ch 270, § 7; SL 1996, ch 231, § 7; SL 2017, ch 173, § 10.
36-10-35.3. Repealed by SL 1996, ch 231, § 9.
36-10-35.4 to 36-10-35.6. Repealed by SL 1996, ch 231, §§ 11 to 13.
36-10-35.7. Approved tasks for physical therapist assistant--Exclusions.
A physical therapist assistant may perform, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, selected physical therapy procedures and related tasks. The following physical therapy services, however, shall only be performed by a physical therapist:
(1) Interpretation of referrals;
(2) Initial evaluation, including problem identification;
(3) Development of a plan of care which is based on the initial evaluation and which includes the physical therapy treatment goals;
(4) Interpretation of tests and measurements;
(5) Joint assessment and mobilization;
(6) Determination of the appropriate portions of the program to be delegated;
(7) Delegation and instruction of the services to be rendered by the physical therapist assistant including specific treatment program, precautions, special problems, or contraindicated procedures;
(8) Timely review of treatment documentation and reevaluation of the patient, treatment goals, and revision of the plan of care when indicated;
(9) Development of a patient's home program and discharge evaluation, and termination of care, or both; and
(10) Accountability for documentation of physical therapy treatment and dissemination of written and oral reports.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 10.
36-10-35.8. Limitation of supervision--Registration of assistants--Notification of termination--Delegation of responsibility.
A physical therapist may not supervise at any one time more than the equivalent of two full-time physical therapist assistants. The supervising physical therapist shall register with the Board of Examiners the name and address of each physical therapist assistant who the physical therapist is responsible for supervising. The registration shall be submitted on a form provided by the board at least fifteen days prior to the date when supervision is to commence. The supervising physical therapist shall notify the board in writing of the termination of supervision of a physical therapist assistant within ten days after the termination. The supervising physical therapist may delegate responsibility for supervision of a physical therapist assistant to another physical therapist for a period not to exceed thirty days.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 14; SL 2017, ch 173, § 11.
36-10-35.9. Standards of supervision.
When supervising a physical therapist assistant's care of a patient at any setting, the supervising physical therapist shall comply with the following standards of supervision:
(1) The supervising physical therapist shall be accessible either in person or by telecommunications to the physical therapist assistant at all times while the physical therapist assistant is treating patients;
(2) The initial visit shall be made by the supervising physical therapist for evaluation of the patient and establishment of a plan of care;
(3) At least every five physical therapist assistant visits, there shall be a joint visit or a treatment rendered by the supervising physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant shall be supervised by the supervising physical therapist at least once every thirty calendar days. Every five physical therapist assistant visits or every thirty days, whichever occurs first, a documented conference with the physical therapist assistant outlining current treatment goals and program modifications shall occur. The supervising physical therapist shall make the final scheduled visit to terminate the plan of care; and
(4) Each visit by the supervising physical therapist shall include:
(a) A complete assessment of the patient;
(b) A review of the plan of care with appropriate revision or termination; and
(c) Assessment and recommendation for utilization of outside resources.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 15; SL 2017, ch 173, § 12.
36-10-36. Promulgation of rules.
The Board of Examiners may promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, pertaining to licensure, fees, discipline, supervision, and continuing education which promote the health and safety of persons utilizing the services of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants licensed under this chapter.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 13; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A11; SDCL § 36-10-15; SL 1972, ch 205, § 12; SL 1978, ch 270, § 9; SL 1996, ch 231, § 16; SL 1996, ch 232; SL 2017, ch 173, § 13.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 13; revised pursuant to SL 1972, ch 15, § 4; SL 2020, ch 157, § 5.
36-10-38. Grounds for refusal of license.
The Board of Examiners may, in compliance with chapter 1-26, refuse to grant a license under this chapter for unprofessional, immoral, or dishonorable conduct on the part of the applicant.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 9; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A09; SDCL § 36-10-14; SL 1972, ch 205, § 15; SL 1972, ch 15, § 4; SL 1996, ch 231, § 17; SL 2017, ch 173, § 14.
36-10-39. Grounds for cancellation, revocation, or suspension of license.
The Board of Examiners may cancel, revoke, or suspend the license of any physical therapist or physical therapist assistant issued under this chapter upon satisfactory proof of such a licensee's incompetence, or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, or proof of a violation of this chapter in any respect.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 9; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A09; SDCL § 36-10-14; SL 1972, ch 205, § 16; SL 1978, ch 270, § 10; SL 1996, ch 231, § 18; SL 2005, ch 199, § 28; SL 2017, ch 173, § 15.
36-10-40. Unprofessional or dishonorable conduct--Activities included--No basis for criminal prosecution.
The phrase "unprofessional or dishonorable conduct" as used in this chapter shall be construed to include:
(1) Employing what is known as cappers or steerers;
(2) Willfully betraying a professional confidence;
(3) All advertising of physical therapy business in which untruthful or improbable statements are made or which are calculated or mislead or deceive the public;
(4) Conviction of any criminal offense of the grade of felony, or any conviction of a criminal offense arising out of the practice of physical therapy, or one in connection with any criminal offense involving moral turpitude;
(5) Habits of intemperance, or drug addiction, calculated in the opinion of the board to affect the licensee's practice of his profession;
(6) Sustaining any physical or mental disability which renders the further practice of a licensee's profession dangerous;
(7) Presenting to the board of any license, certificate or diploma which was obtained by fraud, or deception practiced in passing a required examination or which was obtained by the giving of false statements or information on applying for said license;
(8) Illegally or fraudulently or wrongfully obtaining a license required by this chapter, by the use of any means, devices, or deceptions or helps in passing any examination, or by making false statements or misrepresentations in any applications for information presented.
Unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, as defined in this section, shall not be the basis for criminal prosecution unless otherwise declared unlawful.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 9; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A09; SDCL, § 36-10-14; SL 1972, ch 205, § 17; revised pursuant to SL 1972, ch 15, § 4.
36-10-41. Initiation of proceedings for cancellation, revocation, or suspension of license.
The proceedings for cancellation, revocation, or suspension of a license may be initiated when the Board of Examiners has information that any person, persons, firms, or corporation may have been guilty of any misconduct as provided in § 36-10-40 or is guilty of incompetence or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 18; SL 2005, ch 199, § 29.
36-10-43. Quorum at hearing on cancellation, revocation or suspension.
All proceedings relative to the cancellation, revocation, or suspension of a license, or relative to reissuing a license which has been revoked or suspended shall only be held when a majority of the members of the Board of Examiners are present at such hearings.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 21.
36-10-44. Procedure on cancellation, revocation or suspension.
All proceedings relative to the cancellation, revocation, or suspension of a license shall otherwise conform to the procedure set forth in chapter 1-26.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 20; revised pursuant to SL 1972, ch 15, § 4.
36-10-45. Majority vote required to suspend, revoke or cancel license.
The decision of the Board of Examiners to suspend, revoke, or cancel a license requires a majority vote of the board members.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 22.
36-10-46. Appeal from board decision on refusal, revocation, or suspension.
Any party feeling aggrieved by any acts, rulings, or decisions of the Board of Examiners relating refusal to grant or to cancellation, revocation or suspension of a license shall have the right to appeal pursuant to chapter 1-26.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 24; revised pursuant to SL 1972, ch 15, § 4.
36-10-47. Reinstatement of suspended or revoked license.
Upon written application establishing compliance with existing licensing requirements and for reasons the board deems sufficient, the board, for good cause shown, by majority vote, may, under such conditions as it may impose, reinstate or reissue a license to any person, persons, firm, or corporation whose license has been suspended or revoked, provided, however, that upon suspension of a license, the board in such order may provide for automatic reinstatement thereof after a fixed period of time as provided in the order.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 23.
36-10-48. Injunction against violations--Election of remedies.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter may be enjoined from further violations at the suit of the state's attorney of the county wherein the violations occurred or suit may be brought by any citizen of this state. An action for injunction shall be an alternate to criminal proceedings, and the commencement of one proceeding by the board constitutes an election.
Source: SL 1972, ch 205, § 30; revised pursuant to SL 1972, ch 15, § 4.
36-10-49. Investigation of violations--Employment of counsel to assist in prosecution.
The Board of Examiners or the physical therapy committee, or both, shall investigate every alleged violation of this chapter pursuant to the procedures set forth in chapter 36-1C. If the alleged violation is committed by a nonlicensee, the board shall report the violation to the proper law enforcement officials wherein the act is committed. The board may employ special counsel subject to the supervision, control and direction of the attorney general, assist in the prosecution of violations of this chapter, and expend the necessary funds for such purpose.
Source: SL 1955, ch 96, § 14; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.09A12; SDCL, § 36-10-16; SL 1972, ch 205, § 29; SL 2021, ch 168, § 23.
36-10-50. Prior license accepted.
Any person licensed as a physical therapist assistant on July 1, 1996, is deemed licensed under this chapter and is entitled to renew licensure.
Source: SL 1996, ch 231, § 8; SL 2017, ch 173, § 16.
36-10-51. Continuing education.
An applicant for license renewal shall submit evidence satisfactory to the Board of Examiners that the applicant has complied with the continuing education requirements established by the board. The board may waive the continuing education requirement if the applicant submits evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant was unable to comply with the continuing education requirements because of illness, disability, military service, or financial hardship.
Source: SL 2017, ch 173, § 17.
36-10-52. Dry needling.
A physical therapist may perform dry needling if the physical therapist has acquired the knowledge and skills required for the competent performance of dry needling by successfully completing a course of study in dry needling approved by the board pursuant to rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26. The board may require a physical therapist who performs dry needling to provide proof of completion of an approved course of study in dry needling. For purposes of this chapter, dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and physical function capability for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.
Source: SL 2018, ch 230, § 1.