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Laws and Rules Governing PT Practice in Illinois

Laws and Rules Governing PT Practice in Illinois

What You Need to Know

The documents guiding the provision of physical therapy services in Illinois are the laws of the state that govern the licensing of PTs and PTAs. Please note that the Act and Rules change periodically. IPTA members are notified of these critical changes in member communications and the PT Priority.

Sunset review of all professions in Illinois occurs every 10 years. The last review occurred in 2016. During the past Sunset review, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association played a pivotal role in ensuring the continuity and continuance of the profession, through our professional lobbyist and the grassroots efforts of many members.

The purpose of the Sunset law is to provide oversight and regulatory accountability for the numerous licensed agencies, programs, and professions in Illinois. Sunset provides a system for the termination or continuation of such agencies, programs, or profession. Regulatory accountability for licensed professionals rests within the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. The regulatory power granted to the agency is to protect the public health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of Illinois. To that extend the Act (5 ILCS 80) requires that the regulation of professions and occupations be reviewed by the Governor and the General Assembly every ten years.

Your education, experience and licensure are the basis for your livelihood. While IPTA provides the means for physical therapy professionals in Illinois to influence the laws that govern their profession, the elected leadership cannot do it alone. Ensuring the future of PTs and PTAs as licensed professionals is critical to the future of physical therapy in Illinois and we need all licensed PTs and PTAs as members to allow us to make the necessary investments to insure the profession's future in Illinois.

Updated 05.01.2020

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