WSR 05-06-022

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Physical Therapy)

[ Filed February 22, 2005, 3:09 p.m. , effective March 25, 2005 ]


Purpose: If a practitioner has not worked in physical therapy in the last two years they may be granted licensure by endorsement under certain conditions. The proposed rule changes the length of time of a physical therapist has not worked from two years to three years. The proposed rule also changes the language for continuing education to continuing competency.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-915-040 Licensure by endorsement -- Applicants from approved schools.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.74.023.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-20-051 on October 1, 2004.

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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 16, 2004.

Sam Stockton, PT, Chair

Board of Physical Therapy

OTS-7065.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 403B, filed 2/4/94, effective 3/7/94)

WAC 246-915-040   Licensure by endorsement -- Applicants from approved schools.   (1) Before licensure by endorsement is extended to any individual licensed to practice physical therapy under the law of another state, territory, or District of Columbia, the applicant shall have graduated from a board approved school, shall have taken the examination for physical therapy and shall have achieved a passing score approved by the board.

(2) If the decision to extend licensure by endorsement is based on an examination other than the examination approved in WAC 246-915-030(1), the board shall determine if such examination is equivalent to that required by the laws of this state.

(3) The board shall not recommend to the secretary that a person be licensed as a physical therapist under the licensure by endorsement provisions of RCW 18.74.060, unless said applicant shall have taken and passed the examination approved by the board, or other examination equivalent to that required by the laws of this state.

(4) If a licensee has not worked in physical therapy in the last ((two)) three years, the applicant may be granted licensure by endorsement under the following conditions:

(a) The board may require reexamination of an applicant who has not been actively engaged in lawful practice in another state or territory; or

(b) Waive reexamination in favor of evidence of continuing ((education)) competency satisfactory to the board.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.74.023. 94-05-014 (Order 403B), 246-915-040, filed 2/4/94, effective 3/7/94; 91-05-094 (Order 144B), 246-915-040, filed 2/20/91, effective 3/23/91; 91-02-011 (Order 103B), recodified as 246-915-040, filed 12/21/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.74 RCW. 90-16-070 (Order 074), 308-42-060, filed 7/30/90, effective 8/30/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.74.023. 86-19-063 (Order PM 619), 308-42-060, filed 9/16/86; 84-17-032 (Order PL 477), 308-42-060, filed 8/8/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.74.020. 83-05-032 (Order PL 426), 308-42-060, filed 2/10/83; 81-19-071 (Order PL 384), 308-42-060, filed 9/15/81; Order PL 191, 308-42-060, filed 5/29/75; Order 704207, 308-42-060, filed 8/7/70, effective 9/15/70.]

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