Jurisprudence for Alabama PTs

Jurisprudence for Alabama PTs 

In order to safely practice physical therapy, it is important to understand the rules and regulations set by the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy. The Administrative Code and Practice Act are documents which outline the rules and regulations created to protect physical therapy professionals and their patients. This course will review the powers of the Board, licensure and examination procedures, duties of physical therapy professionals, and disciplinary actions for unlawful practice. It will also review the rights of the consumer and the public. 


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy


The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-JAPT
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define key terms within the Administrative Code.
Identify the powers and duties of the Board.
Determine the requirements for licensure and examination, temporary licenses, renewal and restoration of licenses, and continuing education requirements.
Identify the standards of practice in the management of patient care.
Determine the grounds, due process procedures, and penalties for disciplinary action and unlawful practice.
State the position of the Board regarding consumer and public rights.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Key Definitions

The Board




Section 3: Powers and Duties of the Board

Key Information

Members of the Board

Appointment of Board Members

Powers and Duties of the Board

Impaired Practitioner Program


Communication With The Board



Section 4: Licensure and Examination

Regulations for Licensure and Examination



Application Fee and Documentation

United States Educated Applicants

Foreign Educated Applicants



Temporary Licenses

Renewal of License

Lost or Destroyed License or Name Change

Fee for Verification of Licensure


Continuing Education

Failure to Meet The Continuing Education Requirement



Section 5: Patient Care Management

Regulations Covered

Use of Titles and Lawful Practice

Roles and Responsibilities of Licensees




Section 6: Disciplinary Action and Unlawful Practice

Regulations Covered

Statement of Policy

Grounds for Disciplinary Action


Complaint Charging Violation of Article

Probable Cause

Summons and Complaint


Pre-Hearing Discovery

Disciplinary Hearings

Conflict and Bias


Costs and Fines

Judicial Review of Revocation and Refusal of License

Reinstatement of License after Revocation


Section 7: Consumer and Public Rights

Regulations Covered



Required Identification



Section 8: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT
Nicole Fogarty holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. She has experience working as a Physical Therapist in outpatient orthopedic and acute inpatient settings. She has additional training in medical screening and lumbopelvic examination and treatment. Nicole enjoys using her clinical experience and interest in current rehabilitation research as a Physical Therapy writer for Relias. Disclosure: Nicole Fogarty, PT, DPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Ernest J. McCormick, PT
Ernest J McCormick has a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy and Business Management from the University of South Alabama. He has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association and Alabama Chapter. He has worked extensively in home health. Disclosure: Ernest J. McCormick, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Entry, Intermediate level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Home Health, Outpatient/Ambulatory Clinics, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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