|Definition of an accredited educational program in physical therapy
|4/29/2014 [Transmittal Sheet]
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".
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 www.townhall.virginia.gov; 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.
|Began 5/19/2014 Ended 6/18/2014 20 comments
|Virginia Register Announcement
Submitted on 4/29/2014
|Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]
|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.
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|Elaine Yeatts / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
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