10.38.01.01

.01 Definitions.

A. In this subtitle, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "Approved agency" means an independent credentialing agency, approved by the Board, which evaluates the credentials of foreign-trained applicants.

(2) "Approved curriculum for physical therapist assistants" means a curriculum that is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

(3) "Approved physical therapy curriculum" means a curriculum for physical therapists that is approved by the American Medical Association or the American Physical Therapy Association.

(4) "Biennial renewal" means renewal every other year with even-numbered licenses being renewed in even-numbered years and odd-numbered licenses being renewed in odd-numbered years.

(5) "Board" means the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners of Maryland created by Health Occupations Article, §13-201, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(6) "Direct supervision" means that a licensed physical therapist is personally present and immediately available within the treatment area to give aid, direction, and instruction when physical therapy procedures or activities are performed.

(7) "Hearing committee" means a committee of three or more Board members that has been delegated the authority to conduct hearings in accordance with Health Occupations Article, §13-317, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(8) "Interview" means a meeting with the Board or with one or more of its representatives.

(9) "Licensed physical therapist" means an individual licensed by the Board to practice physical therapy in Maryland.

(10) "Licensed physical therapist assistant" means an individual licensed by the Board to practice limited physical therapy in Maryland.

(11) "Licensing examinations" means the written examinations approved by the Board consisting of the:

(a) National licensing examination; and

(b) Maryland Physical Therapy Law examination.

(12) "Ongoing supervision" means that the physical therapist maintains continuing verbal and written contact with the physical therapist assistant to provide supervision and instruction adequate to ensure the safety and welfare of the patient.

(13) "Oral competency" means that the applicant who did not graduate from a recognized English-speaking educational institution has obtained a passing score, as determined by the Board, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by the Educational Testing Service.

(14) "Passing score" means the result of two examinations:

(a) When taken before March, 1996, within the 1.5 standard deviation, based on the national average of the national licensing examination or, when taken in March, 1996, and after that, the criterion-referenced score set by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; and

(b) 90 percent of the total on the Maryland Physical Therapy Jurisprudence Examination.

(15) "Physical therapy aide" or "aide" means a person who performs certain physical therapy duties under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. This individual may be known, also, as a physical therapist technician, a rehabilitation technician, an athletic trainer, or be described by some other similar title.

(16) "Post-graduation transcript of credits" means an official copy of an applicant's educational record, including the degree awarded and the date of graduation, sent directly from the educational institution to the Board.

(17) "Reporting service" means the Interstate Reporting Service, an agency approved by the Board for the purpose of recording, storing, and transmitting license examination scores.

(18) "State" means:

(a) A state, possession, or territory of the United States;

(b) The District of Columbia; or

(c) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(19) "Student" means an individual who is supervised directly by a licensed physical therapist in a Board-approved physical therapy educational program.

(20) "Supportive personnel" means aides and other unlicensed personnel who work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

(21) "Verification" means confirmation of licensure obtained directly from the state in which the applicant is currently licensed, on a form provided by the Board.

(22) "Waiver of national licensing examination" means that the Board may waive the national licensing examination if the applicant previously took the examination in another state and met the requirements for a passing score as set forth in §B(14) of this regulation.

(23) "Written competency" means that the applicant who did not graduate from a recognized English-speaking educational institution has obtained a passing score, as determined by the Board, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by the Educational Testing Service.