PUBLIC LAW 8 7 - 2 8 0 - S E P T. 22, 1961
ST A T,
Public Law 87-280 September 22, 1961
To regulate the practice of physical therapy in the District of Columbia.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the U'^^i^d States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Physical Therapists Practice Act". DEFINITIONS
D, C. 139.
SEC. 2. As used in this Act— (a) The term "Commissioners" means the Commissioners of the District of Columbia sitting as a board, or their authorized agent or agents. (b) The word "she" and the derivatives thereof shall be construed to include the word "he" and the derivatives thereof. (c) The term "physical therapy" means the treatment of human disability, injury, or disease by supervised therapeutic procedures embracing the specific scientific application of physical measures to secure the functional rehabilitation of the human body. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing a physical therapist, whether registered or not, to practice medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, or any other form or method of healing. (d) The term "physical therapist" means a person who practices physical therapy under the prescription, supervision, and direction of a person licensed to practice under the Healing Arts Practice Act of 2- the District of Columbia, approved February 27, 1929 (45 Stat. 1326), as amended. (e) The word "State" or "States" shall be deemed to include any territory of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. E X E M P T I O N TROM REGISTRATION
SEC. 3. This Act shall not apply to any person employed in the District of Columbia by the Federal Government or any agency thereof while such person is acting in the discharge of her official duties. REGISTRATION
45 Stat. 1326. D. C. C o d e 2139.
SEC. 4. (a) No person shall practice physical therapy in the District of Columbia unless (1) she is duly registered in accordance with the provisions of this Act, or (2) is exempted from such registration by the terms of this Act. (b) No person not registered in accordance with the provisions of this Act, unless exempted from registration by the terms of this Act, shall, directly or indirectly, (1) represent herself to be so registered or (2) represent herself to be certified, licensed, or authorized to practice physical therapy. (c) No person shall use in connection with her name the words "physical therapist", "physiotherapist", "physical therapy technician", or use the initials "P.T.", "P.T.T.", "R.P.T.", or any other letters, words, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that she is a registered physical therapist, unless such person is a holder of a valid registration under this Act. (d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any person duly licensed or registered in the District of Columbia under any other Act from engaging in the practice for which she is duly registered or licensed. (e) Nothing in this Act shall apply to any person licensed under the Healing: Arts Practice Act of the District of Columbia, nor to any »