Are you interested in public service? Do you want to become more involved with your profession? There are multiple ways to get involved. Is volunteering with the Board the right path for you? In what way would you like to get involved?
First, consider the Board's purpose:
La R.S. 37:2402:to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to provide for state administrative control, supervision, licensing, and regulation of the practice of physical therapy in Louisiana.
The Board is responsible for licensing, education and information, setting minimum practice standards, and requiring continuing education. This is different from the professional association's mission which includes advocating for the profession, setting the gold standard, and offering continuing education. Roles with the Board are aligned with regulation rather than promotion of the profession. Great volunteers for Board members and the Advisory Committee bring an objective mind and a passion to provide for safe practice of physical therapy. Read on below about the different roles.
Join the Practice Act Review Work Group
The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board is interested in creating a work group of licensees and members of the public who represent different regions of the state and practice settings to assist the board in reviewing the Practice Act. Participation may be a combination of in-person and/or zoom meetings.
Per § 2403, the Board is comprised of 8 members including 5 PTs, 1 PTA, 1 physician, and 1 public member who serve a three year term. A full breakdown of Board member qualifications can be found here.
Being a Board member is a big responsiblity. Click the image below to watch our video: Becoming a Board Member to determine if the role is right for you!
If you're interested in applying as positions become open, please complete the Board and Commissions application here.
Rule §109.B states that the Board may appoint an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee assists the Board in various functions including but not limited to: serving on sub-committees, investigations, and reviewing continuing education activities and courses. The Advisory Committee is made up of up to 9 PT and PTAs who hold a license in good standing in Louisiana and serve a one year term subject to renewal.
If interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, please fill out this survey form here. The board considers applicants for appointments to the Advisory Committee in the winter of each year.