Act and Rules
New editions of the Act and Rules are published periodically. The latest complete editions are always available on this page. The Board adopts new rules or amends existing ones between editions. Those are listed below.
Act and Rules
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Complete PT Rules, June 2013 issue - Rules may have been adopted after this issue was printed. See also Adopted Amendments.
Rule amendments listed here were adopted after the last issue of the rules was compiled. The rules on this page supercede the rules in the complete issue. These amendments will be incorporated into the next complete issue.
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About the Act and Rules
The 62nd Texas Legislature enacted the Physical Therapy Practice Act in 1971. The Act has been revised many times in the years since; most recently by the 76th Legislature, effective September 1, 1999. All rules adopted by the Board are based on the Act.
As mandated by the Practice Act, the PT Board adopts rules to govern the practice of physical therapy in the State. Rules are adopted, changed and repealed in response to developments in physical therapy practice, administrative changes, or legislative mandates. The rules are established as minimum standards, to ensure that the public is adequately protected.
The rulemaking process takes about six months, from proposal to effective date. The Board meets three or four times a year; in almost all cases, the Board will propose a rule at one meeting and vote on its adoption (with or without changes) at the next meeting. The rule automatically goes into effect 20 days after the adoption is published in the Texas Register, unless otherwise stated.