Physical Therapists ·  Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

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Licensing Information ·   Physical Therapists

Licensing Description:
An applicant for licensure shall be at least 21 years of age, furnish evidence of qualifications by submitting evidence of completion of an approved program of physical therapy. Applicants shall pass a test administered by the board. Contact licensing agency for more information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
The South Central Region49

Occupational Tasks ·  Plan, prepare and carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
· Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
· Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
· Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.
· Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.
· Confer with the patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the intervention program.
· Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
· Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.
· Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.
· Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
· Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency and record data.
· Identify and document goals, anticipated progress and plans for reevaluation.
· Provide information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risks and expected benefits and any reasonable alternatives.
· Inform patients when diagnosis reveals findings outside physical therapy and refer to appropriate practitioners.
· Direct, supervise, assess, and communicate with supportive personnel.
· Administer treatment involving application of physical agents, using equipment, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, and ultrasound machines.
· Teach physical therapy students as well as those in other health professions.
· Evaluate, fit, and adjust prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommend modification to orthotist.
· Provide educational information about physical therapy and physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics and ways to promote health.
· Refer clients to community resources and services.
· Conduct and support research and apply research findings to practice.

Educational Requirements: ·  Master's degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 93%
·  Instructing 87%
·  Time Management 86%
·  Speaking 84%
·  Critical Thinking 82%
·  Learning Strategies 79%
·  Active Learning 77%
·  Science 77%
·  Reading Comprehension 74%
·  Writing 73%