Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Direct access certification
Action 4427
General Information
Action Summary With the passage of HB1457 and Senate776 in the 2015 General Assembly, the Board is required to amend its regulations relating to requirement for a direct access certification to see patients for physical therapy without a referral. Regulations are amended to eliminate the qualification of doctorate in physical therapy, because practitioners with that degree no longer have to obtain direct access certification. Amendments are also adopted to delete the requirement for continuing education relating to carrying out direct access duties and to delete the requirement for renewal direct access certification and the fee for renewal.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 A 4
RIS Project Yes  [004314]
Associated Mandates Changes to direct access certification
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7314 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/04/2015.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Corie Tillman Wolf  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4674    FAX: (804)527-4413    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.