(225 ILCS 90/2)
(from Ch. 111, par. 4252)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Licensure requirement; exempt activities.
Practice without a
license forbidden - exception.
No person shall
after the date of August 31, 1965 begin to practice physical therapy in
this State or hold himself out as being able to practice this profession,
unless he is licensed as such in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
After the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1990, no person shall
practice or hold himself out as a physical therapist assistant unless he is
licensed as such under this Act. A physical therapist shall use the initials "PT" in connection with his or her name to denote licensure under this Act, and a physical therapist assistant shall use the initials "PTA" in connection with his or her name to denote licensure under this Act.
This Act does not prohibit:
(1) Any person licensed in this State under any other
Act from engaging in the practice for which he is licensed.
(2) The practice of physical therapy by those
persons, practicing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and who have met all of the qualifications as provided in Sections 7, 8.1, and 9 of this Act, until the next examination is given for physical therapists or physical therapist assistants and the results have been received by the Department and the Department has determined the applicant's eligibility for a license. Anyone failing to pass said examination shall not again practice physical therapy until such time as an examination has been successfully passed by such person.
(3) The practice of physical therapy for a period not
exceeding 6 months by a person who is in this State on a temporary basis to assist in a case of medical emergency or to engage in a special physical therapy project, and who meets the qualifications for a physical therapist as set forth in Sections 7 and 8 of this Act and is licensed in another state as a physical therapist.
(4) Practice of physical therapy by qualified persons
who have filed for endorsement for no longer than one year or until such time that notification of licensure has been granted or denied, whichever period of time is lesser.
(5) One or more licensed physical therapists from
forming a professional service corporation under the provisions of the "Professional Service Corporation Act", approved September 15, 1969, as now or hereafter amended, and licensing such corporation for the practice of physical therapy.
(6) Physical therapy aides from performing patient
care activities under the on-site supervision of a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant. These patient care activities shall not include interpretation of referrals, evaluation procedures, the planning of or major modifications of, patient programs.
(7) Physical Therapist Assistants from performing
patient care activities under the general supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The physical therapist must maintain continual contact with the physical therapist assistant including periodic personal supervision and instruction to insure the safety and welfare of the patient.
(8) The practice of physical therapy by a physical
therapy student or a physical therapist assistant student under the on-site supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The physical therapist shall be readily available for direct supervision and instruction to insure the safety and welfare of the patient.
(9) The practice of physical therapy as part of an
educational program by a physical therapist licensed in another state or country for a period not to exceed 6 months.
(10) The practice, services, or activities of
persons practicing the specified occupations set forth in subsection (a) of, and pursuant to a licensing exemption granted in subsection (b) or (d) of, Section 2105-350 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, but only for so long as the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Professional Licensure Exemption Law is operable.
(Source: P.A. 96-7, eff. 4-3-09