Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Petition 209
Petition Information
Petition Title Definition of an accredited educational program in physical therapy
Date Filed 4/29/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Frederick Tarantino 
Petitioner's Request

The Board should require that PTA programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia accept qualified applicants with prior misdemeanors and felonies on a case-by-case basis so long that they are not barred under "Barrier Laws".


Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on May 19, 2014.  Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; comment will be requested until June 18, 2014. 

Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language.  This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting scheduled for July 15, 2014.

Comment Period Began 5/19/2014    Ended 6/18/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 4/29/2014
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 5/19/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 19
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/8/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 9/8/2014     Volume: 31  Issue: 1
Agency Decision Summary

In its regulations, the Board has defined an "approved program" as meaning an educational program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.  The Board relies on the Commission for appropriate oversight of physical therapy assistant programs.  To redefine the meaning of an "approved program” as requested in your petition would be a departure from its long-standing policy of accepting national accreditation for physical therapy education.

 While the Board appreciates the dilemma created by the college’s admission policy, it does not believe it is appropriate to redefine the meaning of an approved program to impose different criteria for acceptance.  Therefore, the Board has rejected the petition and will not initiate rulemaking.

 The oversight agency for community colleges in Virginia is the State Council of Higher Education.  The Board requested that the Executive Director send a letter to NOVA CC with a copy to SCHEV explaining its licensure process and the factors it considers in making a licensure decision.

Contact Information
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