4755-23-02 Educational requirements.

(A) To be eligible for examination or licensure as a physical therapist, an applicant must complete a program in physical therapy accredited by the commission on accreditation of physical therapy education that includes:

(1) A minimum of one hundred twenty academic semester credits, or the equivalent academic quarter hours, with a specific distribution in humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, and other physical sciences;

(2) Instruction in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and physical therapy theory and procedures; and

(3) Satisfactory completion of all clinical education curriculum requirements.

(B) To be eligible for examination or licensure as a physical therapist assistant an applicant must provide evidence that he/she satisfactorily completed a two-year program for physical therapist assistants accredited by the commission on accreditation of physical therapy education. The educational program shall include all clinical education curriculum requirements and courses in anatomical, biological, and other physical sciences and a distribution of course work as found in an accredited physical therapist assistant program.

(C) In accordance with division (A)(4) of section 4755.45 and division (D) of section 4755.451 of the Revised Code, an applicant holding a license or registration to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in another state or foreign country is eligible for licensure in Ohio if the applicant's education is reasonably equivalent to the educational requirements that were in force for licensure in Ohio on the date of the applicant's initial licensure or registration in the other state or foreign country.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/15/2010 and 01/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.411
Rule Amplifies: 4755.42 , 4755.421
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/82, 2/1/92, 7/15/95, 3/20/98, 3/20/99, 5/1/05, 3/20/08