The board was created in 1971 to regulate the practice of physical therapy in Oregon. Its primary purpose is the protection of the public. The board achieves this by establishing and regulating professional standards of practice, which ensure that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are properly educated, hold valid/current licenses, practice within their scope of practice and continue to receive ongoing training throughout their careers. Physical therapy practice is governed by state statutes and rules that define the scope of practice. The board issues licenses, promulgates rules, monitors continuing competency, investigates complaints, issues civil penalties for violations and may revoke, suspend or impose probation on a licensee or place limits on a licensee’s practice.
The board regulates over 5,800 active licensees and employs two full-time and one part-time staff. The board is comprised of eight volunteer members: five physical therapists, one physical therapist assistant and two public members. Each member is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve a four-year term. A board member may be reappointed to one subsequent term.
Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 407, Portland 97232-2187
Contact: Michelle Sigmund-Gaines, Executive Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS