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There's News About Colorado and the PT Compact Bill

APTA Colorado's Government Affairs team has an update on Colorado's involvement in the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. 

Members: Click here for the latest details

Non-Members: Click here for information on joining APTA Colorado



Registration Is Open For The 2017 Spring Conference & PT Expo

Use the discount code APTAEmail17 to receive 
$40 off (for PTs/PTAs)
$10 off (for students)
When: Saturday, April 22, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (registration and breakfast opens at 7:00 a.m.)

Renaissance Denver Stapleton, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207
Cost: *Must use a discount code to receive the early bird rate. 

Description: This annual event offers affordable continuing education, practice information, product demonstrations and networking for APTA members and other Physical Therapy professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Education sessions are designed to be applicable to all sectors and levels of the PT profession and will provide the latest techniques and trends as well as basic skills.

Four Full-Day Concurrent Sessions:

  • A Biopsychosocial Approach to Pediatric Chronic Pain, Sheryl Kent, Ph.D., Children's Hospital and Shannon Tracey PT, DPT, Children's Hospital
  • Manual Therapy for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements, Michael J. Bade, MPT, FAAOMPT, CU Physical Therapy Program, Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD,CU Physical Therapy Program, and Andrew Kittelson, DPT, CU Physical Therapy Program - Please note this class will have limited seating. Please pre-register to ensure a spot. 
  • Utilization and Ordering of Imaging for the Colorado PT, Scott Rezac, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy LLC PC, Bryan Baranyi, Brianna Wahl, PT, DPT, and Joseph Miller, DPT
  • Management for the Non-Lymphedema Specialist, Vicki Ralph, MPPA, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, University of Colorado

Saturday sessions provide up to 6 points of Category I education towards your PT continuing competency requirement.

Register here! 

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Donate to APTA Colorado PAC Via Your APTA Dues Renewal!

The APTA Colorado Political Action Committee (PT-PAC) Needs Your Help NowThe APTA Colorado PAC supports local and state political leaders who represent the interests of physical therapists and the patients they care for. Over the next year, our state practice act will be under review and subject to challenges that may jeopardize our scope of practice in the sunset process. It is critical that we support legislators who will defend our right to perform manipulation, utilize dry needling, and enhance the role of Physical Therapists within the health care system. Take a stand for your profession and donate today!


2017 State Legislature

The Senate Democrats and Republicans have announced committee assignments. For the session, starting January 11, 2017 the committees in the Senate will be as follows:

Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), Chair

Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulpher Springs), Vice Chair

Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley)

Senator Vicki Marble (R-Ft. Collins)

Senate District 6 vacancy

Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction)

Senator Kerry Donovan (D-Vail)

Senator-elect Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder)

Senator-elect Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora)

Senator Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo)

Senator Matt Jones (D-Louisville)



Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Loveland), Chair

Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), Vice Chair

Senator-elect Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs)

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling)

Senator Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo)

Senator Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood)

Senator-elect Dominick Moreno (D-Westminster)


Business, Labor and Technology

Senator Jack Tate (R-Centennial), Chair

Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton), Vice Chair

Senator-elect Kevin Priola (R-Brighton)

Senator-elect Jim Smallwood (R-Parker)

Senator Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge)

Senator Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood)

Senator-elect Angela Williams (D-Denver)

Members click here to read the full 2017 Committee Assignments.



State Board of Physical Therapy Announces:  PTs Can Conduct INR Finger Stick Tests

The State Board of Physical Therapy has issued clarification that Colorado PTs may conduct point-of-care finger stick testing (prothrombin time/international normalized ratio testing to measure the rate by which a patient's blood clots), submit in-home tests and read the results.
The announcement followed a request for clarification from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Health Facilities & Emergency Medical Services Division after the division became aware that some home care agency PTs were conducting PT/INR finger-stick tests using point-of-care, in-home testing kits. The division requested clarification that such care was within a PT's scope of practice.

The issue was brought before the (PT) Board on July 8, 2016. The Board issued written clarification to CDPHE that PTs may conduct point-of-care finger stick testing, read the results and notify the appropriate medical provider of the results. The Board further clarified that PTs may not draw blood for lab testing, receive adjusted dosage orders or administer new doses to consumers.
Physical therapy licensing services, laws, rules and policies, Board meeting minutes as well as other resources may be accessed on the State Physical Therapy Board website at:

The State Physical Therapy Board may be contacted directly at:

State Physical Therapy Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone:303-894-7800| Fax:303-894-7764| Email:[email protected]

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