Physical Therapist Licensing Board

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Physical Therapist Licensing Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Physical Therapist Licensing Board was created in 1971 to regulate the practice of physical therapy in Oregon. The board’s 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 5,000 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. The board is self-supporting, and activities are financed solely from licensure and related fees.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 407, Portland 97232-2187
Telephone: 971-673-0200
Fax: 971-673-0226
Contact: James Heider, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: James Heider 
Records Officer Email: James Heider
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 688.160
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