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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Law Passes Requiring PTA Licensure in Michigan

Published June 29, 2009 9:08 AM by Brian Ferrie

According to the June 26 PT Bulletin Online from the APTA, Michigan has passed legislation to license PTAs. Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed SB 151 into law on June 25, requiring PTAs to obtain state licensure. With this move, Michigan becomes the 42nd jurisdiction to license PTAs. Thirty-nine other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico license PTAs, while 8 other states regulate PTAs through certification or registration.

"Our efforts to ensure that physical therapy patients will receive the highest quality care from PTAs have paid off," said Michigan Physical Therapy Association President Jake Jakubiak Kovacek, PT. "We're grateful that our lawmakers recognized the importance of this legislation for patient protection and passed SB 151 in its original form."        

The Bulletin further noted that the Physical Therapy Board of Licensure and Michigan Department of Community Health will move forward with the process of officially stating administrative rules, creating a limited license and distributing that license to qualified PTAs by December 31. The new law also adds term protection for "physiotherapy" and "DPT," and establishes a continuing education requirement as a condition for PT and PTA licensure renewal.

What do you think about this new legislation and how it will impact the physical therapy profession?

posted by Brian Ferrie


That's complete BS Robetch is not a on line collage. I spent 4 years studying to get my degree. I learned more at that school then I did at Baker. Due to 1 person making fake certifications from that school. It has now ruined my career and reputation. Learn your facts before you spread these lies. Students who actually worked hard for our education are paying the price. Now that is unfair  

Zuniar Siddiqi, Pta - Therapy April 9, 2014 1:26 PM
Canton MI

Dear  Sir/Madam

               MI is the place where on line robtech canadian college , treating patient and license therapist sign , in alll home health , they have no knowledge , mi state should take action , other state in us , not allowed , is unfair , they are playing with patient life and mi board doing nothing

maria February 20, 2011 6:51 PM

I have held the job of Physical Therapy Assistant/Technician for 20 years now...there are no better qualified graduates than we are.  I have worked inpatient, outpatient, sports medicine, closed head injured, stroke patients and burn patients.  There is nothing that a redicilious liscense can do for me.  But it will put a lot of people out of business and raise the jobless rate.  Now you will have sub-par workers.  You cannot buy job experience like we have...and it doesn't improve once you sign your name on a liscense.  

Marie, Physical Therapy - Physical Therapy Assistant, Hospital September 24, 2010 6:44 PM
Troy MI

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