Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Yeckel (Ruestman)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Professional Registration and Licensing by a vote of 14 to 0.

This substitute changes the laws regarding the licensing of
physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.  Persons
having failed the physical therapy or physical therapist
assistant licensing exam three or more times may be licensed by
the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts if they hold
an unsanctioned license from another state and have maintained a
clinical practice for the previous three years.  Persons having
failed the physical therapy licensing exam three or more times
and not holding a license from another state may take the
licensing exam three additional times if they have obtained a
professional degree in physical therapy at a higher level than
previously completed.

The substitute also requires that temporary licenses for physical
therapists and physical therapist assistants only be valid for 90
days or until the results of the licensing exam are received.

The substitute also makes it a cause for discipline when a
licensed physical therapist practices independent of the
prescription and direction of a physician, dentist, or podiatrist
licensed in another state.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill allows persons who have
failed the Missouri physical therapy licensing exam three or more
times, but have obtained a license to practice physical therapy
in another state, to apply for licensure in Missouri.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Yeckel; Missouri Physical
Therapy Association; Gary Burton; and Missouri Hospital

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Bob Dominique, Legislative Analyst

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Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Last Updated September 23, 2004 at 11:16 am